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Students in our summer school program made products for sustainable living and showed them off this week in our courtyard, as part of our “Sustainable Summer at Serendipity” program! Items presented for sale include art pieces, masks, birdhouses, plant pots, and other fun handmade crafts.  

Our Board of Directors and staff came together to help out our Growing Minds Garden Saturday morning, July 17. Nicolas and Taylor, our garden leaders, set us to the necessary work of cleaning up the garden from summer weeds and getting beds ready for planting. Much fun was had along with hard work and service. We […]

Serendipity Center welcomes our new Executive Director, Mr. Mark Takehara, who will officially start on Monday, August 9, 2021. Mark brings to this role his extensive experience in a wide array of non-profit youth development and education programs, including 15 years of executive leadership.    Mark started his career in non-profits back in 2002 with the […]

We are so thrilled to wish Serendipity’s class of 2021 a huge congratulations! Despite the challenges of completing diploma requirements through distance learning, 10 seniors graduated this past week on June 17! We want to wish them the very best and say “WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!”


Thank you so much to Brown and Brown Northwest Insurance, KPFF, and Heritage Bank for their support of Serendipity students and our mission. As we only have a few more weeks until we close our fundraising campaign for the 2020-2021 school year, please consider donating by clicking here. Thank you!

In our final Resiliency Conversation, Executive Director Belinda Marier shares with us how Serendipity will be transitioning into a hybrid model of instruction in the next few weeks. She also extends her personal invitation to Serendipity’s ‘Expressions of Resiliency’, a video event on April 30th that will wrap up the first phase of our Resiliency […]

 Thank you so much to our corporate donors The Standard and BRIC Architecture! WE are so grateful for their generous support of our Resiliency Response!

In Resiliency Conversation #9 we get a chance to hear from our Data Analyst and Reports Developer, Deb Schultz, about her new position and work at Serendipity which is being called the Outcomes Project. She shares her excitement about being able to interpret and apply data in a meaningful way to help our students achieve […]

After the extreme winter weather and power outages this past week, we hope you are all staying warm and safe. Many of our staff and students were affected, closing Comprehensive Distance Learning for several days while we waited for crews to restore power. We are thankful to be back on-line this week and are thinking […]

In Resiliency Conversation #7 we get to talk with one of Serendipity’s Upper School Teachers, Kelly Robinson. Kelly shares with us what a typical day looks like for a student during Comprehensive Distance Learning as well as insight into how teachers are connecting with their students and each other despite being isolated by COVID. We […]

We want to thank our most recent 20/21 corporate donor ARCIFORM for their continuing commitment to our mission. We also want to thank the Great American Insurance Group and their employees for their generous donations during the past two months while Serendipity was their chosen Holiday Giving charity.

In Resiliency Conversation #6, we speak with Serendipity’s Art Therapist Jolie Guillebeau about the importance of her art therapy practice in the midst of Comprehensive Distance Learning. We learn how she is able to customize her interactions and ultimately find ways to connect with and encourage each student she encounters. Please take a moment to hear […]

We want to thank our corporate donors Geffen Mesher and Miller Nash Graham & Dunn for their continuing commitment to our mission!

Today we want to introduce you to one of our staff members who is making a huge difference in our ability to serve our students throughout Comprehensive Distance Learning.  In Resiliency Conversation #5, we talk with Serendipity’s Tier III Behavior Specialist Kim Forbes about her position and exactly what she does on a day to day basis during […]

We want to thank our most recent 20/21 corporate donor Durham and Bates Insurance for their continuing commitment to our mission. We also want to thank the employees of Great American Insurance Group for choosing Serendipity as their Holiday Giving charity. This year, we wanted to take this moment to tell you how grateful we all are for the gifts you […]

As we continue to focus on the priority of enhancing our mental health support capacity, we wanted to share with you more about the challenges of meeting the mental health needs of our students during Comprehensive Distance Learning. In our fourth Resiliency Conversation, we get the chance to talk with one of Serendipity’s Clinical Case […]

  We are incredibly grateful to everyone who donated in the first few weeks of our Holiday Giving Campaign! Your generosity enables us to continue to do the vital work of serving our students in this challenging time. Today we’d also like to thank our corporate donors OnPoint, Lease Crutcher Lewis, and NW Natural who have partnered with Serendipity […]

It has been an extraordinary year for everyone, and we are all ready for this year to end. I hope you will join me to remember 2020 in a positive and healthy way – by supporting our Holiday Giving Campaign. Because of your continued support we can provide enhanced critical mental heath treatment at a […]

In today’s Resiliency Conversation, you’ll hear from Nicolas and Taylor, the incredible team behind Serendipity’s Growing Minds Garden. Check out the video below to find out how this passionate team blends the garden seamlessly into virtual learning and takes us behind the scenes of our crucial Family Food Share Program which delivers food to 25 families every week. […]

We are so excited to share the very first of Serendipity’s ‘Resiliency Conversations’ with you. As this pandemic continues, we know you have many questions about how Serendipity is meeting the challenges of Comprehensive Distance Learning as well as providing mental health support in a virtual format. Kari Gale, our Communications and Event Manager, will be having […]

WELCOME TO THE 2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR! Serendipity has just completed its first month of school and our staff and students are doing a remarkable job of adapting to our new virtual reality with creativity and resiliency. We, as always, are committed to supporting our students as we have always done in the past, through our […]

  We set a very ambitious goal of $240,000 for our 2019–2020 Four Pillar Fund campaign and we triumphantly came within $4,000 of that goal! Our community rose to the challenge magnificently to support Serendipity as we navigated a world where school was closed and events to celebrate and support our school were cancelled. Through […]

We are so excited to welcome Kevin Thompson, Serendipity’s new Vice Principal! Below is a short video from Kevin introducing himself and sharing a little bit of his background and passion for working with the students at Serendipity. In Kevin’s own words to the staff in his introductory email: “I’m super excited to work with […]

MAKING A CASE FOR GIVING! Looking for a way to support Serendipity and enjoy some fabulous Stoller Wine this Memorial Day? Stoller Wine group and Serendipity are partnering to bring you a very special wine offer for the week of May 25 through May 31. Stoller Wine Group will donate 20% of all proceeds from […]

WHILE THE PANDEMIC HAS CHANGED OUR WORLD DRAMATICALLY… Serendipity’s commitment to providing special education together with emotional and behavioral growth remains unchanged. Our teachers and mental health clinicians work diligently each day to continue to deliver our unique model of special education, weaving mental health treatment into each student’s day. As you can imagine, delivering […]

 YES, TODAY IS #GivingTUESDAYNow… BUT WE ARE RENAMING IT #GivingTHANKSTuesday I wanted to reach out to all of our staff, supporters and donors with my deepest appreciation for your incredible support of Serendipity at this time. We have all come together as one community to support special education and mental health treatment at a time […]


Whether it’s teachers putting together lesson packets or case managers checking in on families, Serendipity is doing our utmost to meet the needs of our students. Today we want to highlight what the staff has been doing to deliver Family Food Shares to our students and their families during this difficult economic time. This includes: […]

YOUR INCREDIBLE GENEROSITY HAS HELPED US COVER THE COSTS OF DELIVERING DISTANCE LEARNING AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES VIRTUALLY TO OUR STUDENTS! For the last few weeks, we have reached out to you with the urgent needs we have encountered with the onset of COVID-19 and what Serendipity is doing to serve our students as we […]

A HUGE THANK YOU to Serendipity Friends, Supporters & Donors! Last week we reached out to you with an update on the new reality we are facing with COVID-19 and what Serendipity is doing to serve our students during this unprecedented school closure. We asked you to consider donating to help us meet two urgent […]

As you know, COVID-19 has altered the world around us, and we are facing a new reality. Unfortunately, school closures leave many of our students —who are working so hard to overcome trauma and other major challenges in their lives—with many needs. WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP WITH THE FOLLOWING- TECHNOLOGY NEEDS: Purchasing additional laptops […]

On the last tour before school closures, we were delighted to host Carla C. Piluso​, State Representative District 50 and Emily Pfeiffer, Staffer to State Representative at our school. Carla is the State Representative for our district and is in her third term on the Gresham-Barlow School Board. It was wonderful to be able to […]

We were delighted to share our school with Shawn DeCarlo, CareOregon​ Grant Program Manager. CareOregon is a non-profit providing health plan services to meet the health care needs of low-income Oregonians, including about one-quarter of Oregon Health Plan members. Their mission is building individual well-being and community health through partnerships, shared learning, and innovation. We […]

Durham & Bates Insurance Company held an employee Lunch and Learn organized by Mike Smith. Employees learned more about our school from Belinda Marier and our Growing Minds Garden Program Supervisor Nicolas Townsend over a delicious lunch. A big thanks to Mike Smith and the employees of Durham & Bates for their long- time support […]

Joel Weber is an artist and a life- long weaver with a passion for nurturing art in school. Today, Joel took the time to come to Serendipity to learn more about our program, and to tour our school. Joel is coming back to meet with our Art Therapist to learn how we include art therapy […]

New Seasons employees voted Serendipity as their Hunger partner at the Fisher’s Landing store in Washington. Please bring your reusable shopping bag to this store for a 5 cent refund to donate to Serendipity, starting February 26th for the next 6 months. A huge thanks to Fisher’s Landing employees and New Seasons for supporting Hunger […]

Today the Serendipity Board members hosted a staff appreciation breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, pastries, muffins, fruit and juice to thank all the Serendipity staff for all their hard work and dedication.  The breakfast was hosted by the following Board members:  Lori Silverman, Nicole Zumwalt and Kim La Fever. Photo L to R: Belinda Marier, Serendipity […]

Serendipity Center was delighted to meet and tour our school with Angela Giuliano Hubbs, Multnomah ESD Student Success Improvement Leader. This new regional role was created subsequent to the successful passage of the Student Success Act. Angela will provide support and technical assistance to districts in planning and implementation. Serendipity is excited to explore the […]

Serendipity was delighted to have Kate Woicke, the Director of Educational Equity at Center for Equity & Inclusion tour our school. Center for Equity & Inclusion works with their partners to build structure, competency and tools to advance and sustain equity efforts throughout all aspects of the organization. Serendipity is looking forward to partnering with […]

It was a pleasure to welcome three professionals from The Gateway School of Mumbai to tour Serendipity today to share ideas and better understand one another’s practices and challenges! Left to right: Radhika Chandrasekaran, Lower School & Middle School Coordinator; Pooja Thakkar, Speech & Language Therapy Coordinator; Megan Pine, Serendipity Center Principal; and Rudri Joshi, […]

H&R Block is donating $20.00 to @serendipitycenter for every new client who files their taxes with H&R Block or Block Advisors in person or on-line. The total donation amount is unlimited so get into your local office (and share with friends and family) to file your taxes as the coupon is good at any US […]

We were delighted to host Ebony Clarke, Multnomah County Mental Health and Addiction Services Division Director along with Tracy Garell, Senior Manager Direct Clinical Services, and Jessica Jacobsen, Care Coordination Manager for a lively discussion and Serendipity tour. Thank you for braving the rain to discuss children’s Mental Health Treatment in the county! Left to […]

The Windermere Moreland Realty Office at 1610 SE Bybee Blvd. presented Serendipity with a check to purchase noise-reducing headphones, weighted-blankets and theraputty for students to use as tools to help reduce anxiety and behavioral escalation. Many thanks to the Windermere Foundation for their generous support.   Photos L to R: Belinda Marier, Serendipity Center Executive […]

Please Join Us Thursday, January 30th from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at The Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum. The Youth Opportunity Breakfast is an informational event hosted by Serendipity Center designed to shape the conversation of therapeutic education in the state of Oregon.  It is a priority of Serendipity to promote discussion of topics that are effective in enhancing […]

We are still trying to reach our goal of raising $10,000 to purchase new iPads so that we can move closer to having an iPad in every student and teacher’s hand! REMEMBER, THIS CALL TO ACTION IS IN LIEU OF AN ANNUAL APPEAL or any other end of the year mailing! Instead of spending money […]

Andrew Beyer, CEO of EC Electric has generously offered a $5,000 donation to Serendipity’s Four Pillar Fund Annual Campaign that requires a match at the same level. EC Electric has asked that their donation of $5,000 be matched by another donor at the $5,000 level. Help us match this gift with a $5,000 donation! Click […]

 This year we are doing something new! Instead of spending money on printing and stamps to send out an end of the year annual appeal, we want all the funds to go directly to our students! So we are joing the global giving movement GIVING TUESDAY on DECEMBER 3rd! We would like to raise $10,000 […]

Serendipity was delighted to share our school with Sam Breyer, the Superintendent Multnomah Education Service District. The Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) is an educational cooperative that provides a wide variety of programs and services on a regional basis to school districts in Multnomah County and beyond. MESD is one of 19 ESDs in Oregon. […]

Thank you so much to The Oregon Public House for hosting the Serendipity Center as their Charity of the Day on Monday! And a huge thank you to The Oregonian and Sean Sterling for coming out to the pub to help us share the story of the amazing work Serendipity is doing! Check out the […]

PLEASE JOIN US NEXT MONDAY ON NOVEMBER 11TH AT THE OREGON PUBLIC HOUSE 700 NE DEKUM ST. We will be sharing all about Serendipity’s mission from 11 am – 4 pm downstairs in the pub and presenting our Portraits of Hope Gallery from 4 -7 pm upstairs above the pub in the Village Ballroom. This will be the first public showing […]

We were delighted to share our school with Luke McMurray, VP of Member Engagement and Jacklyn Olive, Community Relations Specialist at Clackamas Federal Credit Union last week.  Luke and Jacklyn toured the school to learn more about our unique program of education, mental health, transition and wellness. A big thanks to Clackamas Federal Credit Union […]

We are thrilled to announce that on 11/11 Serendipity will be Oregon Public House’s Charity of the Day! This will be a fantastic opportunity to bring your friends and family to the pub to drink a pint, eat great food and support the Serendipity Center at the same time! You won’t want to miss it! We will […]

At Pearls of Hope we unveiled four pairs of charcoal portraits. To celebrate our 40th birthday, Serendipity commissioned local portrait artist Jake Smith to create eight portraits depicting the transformational journey our children experience as they heal. Students often arrive at our school with feelings of aggression, isolation and despair because of trauma and/or difficulties […]

Join us for Serendipity’s fundraising gala Pearls of Hope, on April 18th, 2019 at the Loft at 8th Ave from 6-9 pm!  CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS! We are so excited to invite all of our friends, community leaders, and generous donors to come celebrate and support 40 incredible years with us! See the invitation […]

In an effort to support our families with maintaining healthy food choices and access to basic need products, we provide our most needy families with assistance over the holiday season. We need your help…

We are always struck by the incredible generosity of two of our most dependable supporters: Mark Kummerer and Phanna Pich! Last month Mark and Phanna, with the help of their friends (Gary & Dianne Wells, Marc Hopkins, Zach Povisen, and Jorge) donated a huge amount of clothing for students in need at the Serendipity Center.

How HOT is our Screaming Eagle Hot Sauce?

You can be the judge… the 6 varieties of peppers include Jalapeños, Habaneros, Hot Paper Lanterns, Hungarian Hot Wax, Gatherer’s Gold and Stocky Red. If that list brings tears to your eyes, don’t worry, the last two varieties are sweet and should mellow out that heat a little!

Nicolas, our garden coordinator, started this project 5 years ago, giving students a chance to see how a real food product is grown, tended, harvested, produced, packaged, and consumed!

Welcome back to school! Serendipity Center is celebrating 40 YEARS of therapeutic education as we kick off the 2018-2019 school year! 40 YEARS of incredible work providing the best environment for our students to heal and become educated, productive community members. 40 YEARS of dedication to education, mental health, transition and wellness equals of TRANSFORMATIVE WORK!

Are you a Fred Meyer shopper? It’s easy to support the students at Serendipity Center! Fred Meyer donates over $2 million each year to nonprofits and community groups throughout the Pacific Northwest.

All you have to do is link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Serendipity Center. The more you purchase with your card, the more students at Serendipity will be helped.

The 2018 Youth Opportunity Breakfast is A complimentary and informational event hosted by Serendipity Center designed to shape the conversation of therapeutic education in the state of Oregon. This complimentary event is our forum for engaging our peers in the educational field and interested community members in discussion intended to build understanding and support for all children challenged by disability and/or trauma.

There were many opportunities to give to students and families in need. Our community partners came through with support in a big way. Some chose to donate to our clothing closet by providing new warm coats and winter weather clothing. Some chose to donate to our food pantry with gift cards and monetary donations, which provide families in need nutritional food or utility assistance over the extended holiday school closure. Others chose to participate in our annual “Adopt a Class” holiday celebration which embodies our belief that every child should experience joy in each day. We were very touched at the heartfelt giving and support this year, which has already brought joy to our children and relief to some of our families this season.

Introducing Serendipity’s Believe In Me Stories …

As Belinda Marier, Executive Director of Serendipity states, “Believe In Me” reflects the heart of who we are as a therapeutic school. Serendipity believes in every child’s ability to heal, grow and become responsible community members. Our new video series, Believe In Me Stories, shares what makes Serendipity a special and critically needed school. The stories reveal that when we believe in students, when they are supported in the right environment, amazing things are possible.

Pearls of Hope is next Thursday! Serendipity is excited to invite all of our friends, community leaders, and generous donors for an elegant and joyous night of fun and community building. Please join us Thursday, April 27th at Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland to support the students of Serendipity and celebrate our innovative therapeutic education […]

In the fall of 2016 Serendipity Center started it’s first chess club! By partnering with the Chess for Success program Serendipity gained access to a tremendous intervention and educational support resource provided at no cost to families. We have had new players of all ages learning the game together in the morning and afternoon sessions and for many […]

Serendipity Center would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of the individuals, businesses, and friends who helped spread joy and cheer to all of our students and families this holiday season. Thank you to our invaluable community partners who supported our students and families by providing food assistance over the holiday break and classroom […]

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, it’s time to focus on making a difference in the lives of the children who need your support. This year Serendipity Center is excited to participating in #GivingTuesday a celebration of non-profits we love. This year, your #GivingTuesday gift to Serendipity Center will ensure that the […]

This afternoon Serendipity Center hosted it’s annual harvest festival and Halloween dance! The day was filled with fun activities. Students were able to make fresh apple cider by hand in the Growing Minds Garden with Nicolas and upper school volunteers using an apple press. More than 1/3 of the apples used for the cider were […]

Students from Serendipity Center’s Farm to Table Cooking Club meet each Thursday and Friday to harvest veggies from the Growing Minds Garden and practice their cooking skills in the JFR Life Skills room. On Friday the Farm to Table Club prepared sauteed eggplant with miso sauce, sauteed shishito peppers, and sticky rice. Serendipity case-manager Chifumi […]

Serendipity Center is excited and proud to announce that we are the recipients of the Oregon School Wellness Award for 2016! As one of only 3 schools in the state of Oregon to receive this amazing accolade it is a testament to the strength and vision of our food services program led by Joey Ogo […]

Serendipity Center is terribly saddened by the passing of ex-officio board member and former board chair Stephen B. Carter. The longtime vice president of special projects at The Standard served on our board from 2003-2012. Steve was an enduring and stabilizing force for many years and truly connected with the mission of Serendipity Center. During his tenure […]

On the evening of Wednesday, June 22nd, families, teachers, friends and staff joined together to celebrate the graduation of Serendipity’s class of 2016. This year’s class included ten seniors, one of Serendipity’s largest classes ever. The monumental occasion is the first step toward independence for many of our students and we were pleased to award seven […]

Today Serendipity students and staff explored the sights and sounds of Oregon Zoo! For the second year in a row both upper school and lower school students were invited to get up close and personal with all of the exotic animals and spent the afternoon learning about geography, climates, habitats and lots more. Serendipity would […]

On Thursday, April 28th Serendipity Center held it’s annual benefit event Pearls of Hope. With our deepest and most sincere gratitude, Serendipity Center would like to thank all of those who attended Pearls of Hope this year. The generous support of our community partners is the foundation of Serendipity Center’s success. This year Pearls of Hope raised over $137,000! Thank you […]

On Thursday, February 11th Serendipity Center celebrated Valentine’s Day a few days early with school dance! Students of all ages were able to boogie and have fun dancing with their classmates. Thank you to the Serendipity student council for organizing the event and decorating our cafeteria. Also thank you to all the staff members who […]

Our very special friends from Mountain Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas, Rojo and Napoleon visited Serendipity Center today along with two producers from CNN! They will be featured in a segment for the series, Vital Signs, hosted by Sanjay Gupta. The show will focus on the positive effect animals and pets can have on our overall health. At Serendipity, […]

Serendipity Center would like to thank our invaluable community partners for the outpouring of love and support we received this holiday season. Without your support Serendipity Center would be unable to fulfill the need of supplementing our families over the two week break. We would like to recognize a number of organizations and individuals who […]

Serendipity Center was recently awarded a $2500.00 grant from the Kinsman Foundation! The local Milwaukie, Oregon non-profit unexpectedly selected Serendipity as a recipient, and we are grateful for their generosity. Kinsman Foundation began awarding grants in 2003 in the areas of historic preservation, arts & culture, and health care policy, and have continued to be a […]

On Saturday, Novemeber 21st Serendipity Center was named the benefit non-profit at the 525 Design Pop-Up Shop. The pop-up shop hosted and organized by Nike employees is an annual event that showcases the talents of Nike’s employees. Items for sale ranged from jewelry to screen printed posters to leather goods. As the benefiting non-profit, 10% […]

On Friday, October 30th Serendipity Center students celebrated Halloween with our annual Harvest Festival! The event, one of the most anticipated of the year, is a fun Friday afternoon featuring an apple cider press, pumpkin picking in our therapeutic garden, face painting, and a Halloween dance. Ghouls and Goblins of all grades and ages were […]

On Thursday, October 15th Serendipity Center held it’s annual Family Night. Serendipity families came together to enjoy pizza and refreshments, meet their teachers, tour the campus, and browse our clothes closet. Each year Family Night continues to grow, 2015 was the largest one yet! With students and families joining Serendipity Center throughout the school year […]

On September 16th, 2015 Serendipity Center received a grant from the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation, a program of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation for Life Skills and Nutrition materials. This generous donation supplied curriculum and replenished cooking tools for our JFR Life Skills room. The Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation (OJCYF) is “an organization […]

Serendipity Center’s ESY program is in full-swing! Going into our second week of the extended school year, Garden Coordinator Nicolas has been taking students into the garden to harvest an abundance of summer veggies. Today students were able to harvest yellow squash, LOTS of delicious green beens, and green chili peppers. Serendipity would like to thank […]

The evening of June 17th, 2015 was a major milestone in the lives of six Serendipity students. Last night staff and student families gathered to celebrate the graduating class of 2015. It was a night for reflection of accomplishments and excitement for what the future may bring. Each graduate self-selected a staff to speak on […]

On Tuesday, June 16th students at Serendipity Center enjoyed an end of the year field trip to the Oregon Zoo! More than 70 students across ages and grade levels were excited to experience the variety zoo exhibits. From California Condors, to Polar Bears, to African Elephants students marveled at all of the amazing animals. Serendipity […]

Our good friend Rojo the Llama of Mtn. Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas visited Serendipity yesterday! Rojo and all of his buddies at Mtn. Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas have been visiting Serendipity for many years. Since Rojo first started visiting Serendipity he has become the most famous Llama in the world!  He has been featured on […]

On Tuesday, June 9th the students of Serendipity Center enjoyed the annual Field Day celebration. The year end school-wide PBIS party was a fun time for students of all ages and grade levels. Staff operated games including three-legged races, bean bag toss, and hula-hoop pass, to name a few. The morning of excitement and games […]

Here are a few simple ways to support Serendipity by doing your weekly shopping! – Market of Choice: Once you register, donations will come to Serendipity whenever you swipe your debit card at participating locations, including Market of Choice. Serendipity will receive 2.5% of your total bill and up to 5% if you complete an […]

Serendipity Center’s graduating class of 6 students joined together in the  dining room today, May 29, 2015, to celebrate their amazing achievement; graduating high school. Parents, families, and staff enjoyed bacon, eggs, and waffles prepared by our wonderful kitchen staff, Joey and Brian. The morning was a celebration of a life changing accomplishment for our students. […]

On Friday, April 24, 2015 Serendipity Center held it’s second annual PBIS carnival. Since the last PBIS reward day (pajama and movie day) Serendipity students earned over 4000 tickets. Tickets are awarded to students throughout the school day for demonstrating safe, responsible, and respectful behavior toward their staff and peers. The carnival featured a number of […]

Spring is upon us and summer isn’t far behind. That means there will be plenty of volunteer opportunities at Serendipity Center for those of you with a green thumb who are interested in urban farming, horticultural education, or special education. Serendipity Center is currently taking applications for volunteers who would like to help in the therapeutic […]

On Thursday, March 12 at Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland, Serendipity Center held it’s annual benefit dinner Pearls of Hope.  Serendipity would like to thank all of our event sponsors, donors, volunteers and all those involved in making this year’s Pearls of Hope an awesome success!  Also, special thanks to our graduate speaker Mariah, our longtime MC […]

On Thursday, January 29, the students of Serendipity Center earned their second school-wide PBIS reward of the year. This time the students of Serendipity chose a pajama and movie day to celebrate their positive behavior! Groups of students across grade levels were invited into the dining hall to watch “Box Trolls.” Students munched on snacks and […]

Serendipity Center extends our sincere gratitude to all those who donated time, money, and energy to making this holiday season a joyful and memorable one for Serendipity’s students and their families. As a way of closing out the fall semester and 2014, Serendipity held our annual Holiday Celebration to distribute donated gifts to students before […]

One of the most popular areas of Serendipity Center for students is the Game Room. This area is used for a variety of therapeutic and recreational purposes. It is common to see students taking a structured break with Serendipity staff, or enjoying a game of pool during recess with peers during the day. For many […]

On Thursday, November 20th at the Multnomah Athletic Club in downtown Portland, Serendipity Center hosted it’s second annual Youth Opportunity Summit informational breakfast. The early morning event, hosted at MAC featured a speaking engagement from Dr. Wilson Kenney – the Co-owner of the Center for Integrated Intervention. Dr. Kenney delivered a focused and engaging presentation […]

This fall the students of Serendipity Center were challenged to reach a goal of 2,000 school-wide PBIS tickets to earn a wonderful autumn celebration. Not only did the students of Serendipity rise to the challenge and succeed at earning the Fall Harvest Festival, they smashed through the 2,000 ticket goal and earned over 2,200 by […]

Our hope is that the holidays can always be a joyful time for our students. But for those facing economic challenges, this can be an incredibly stressful time. Currently, 79% of our students receive free or reduced meals (breakfast and lunch) at school.

The TTIP program proved their entrepreneurial mettle before the winter break by making and selling festive holiday wreaths to sell to staff.

Serendipity’s Board of Directors, staff members, and students welcome Randi Johnson who brings valuable business experience and a commitment to Serendipity’s mission to provide support for students to heal, learn, and contribute.

Serendipity’s student council is a wonderful opportunity for some of our high school students to participate as leaders in our school.

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