Who is Oasis?

Oasis Community of West Michigan began in 2008 with a group of parents of young adults with disabilities who desired to create an accepting community where people who understand the challenges of raising children with disabilities could meet in a social setting to share stresses and successes, and gain insights from real-life experiences.


Over the years, our vision has grown. We have worked to discover housing alternatives that will provide adults with disabilities a safe place to live with greater independence, social connectivity, and lead purpose-filled enjoyable lives. 


Our focus is Kent and Ottawa Counties with the ability to grow into surrounding counties. Information shared is especially pertinent for kids from middle school through adulthood.


Oasis has monthly meetings with guest speakers and social activities. 

 Steve Johnson & Grace Smith interview with Shelly Irwin on WGVU 

Core values of Oasis include:

  • Individuals with disabilities have a fundamental human right to fully access all the opportunities available within their communities.

  • Person Centered Planning (PCP) will be used to provide a voice and choice to individuals living with disabilities.

  • Creating new solutions limits our reliance on government programs and benefits.

  • Social connectivity and self-determination for disabled individuals provides more opportunity, choice and integration in society.

  • Individuals and families building relationships and working collaboratively is essential to creating sustainable, inclusive communities and fulfilling lives.

  •  Education on topics of common concern and sharing personal experiences provides better options and choices for all family members.

  • The psychological and emotional well-being of all family members is supported through development of interdependent relationships with other individuals who walk the same path.

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Oasis Community of West Michigan welcomes and embraces diversity in all forms.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, economic status, or sexual orientation in our membership or any of our activities or operations.  

Although we hold many of our activities in a church building, we are not a faith-based organization. 

Oasis Community of West Michigan is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  All contributions are tax-deductible. No goods or services will be provided in exchange for the contribution.