Thoughts on Independence Day

DHS Director's Message
Message from DHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht​

July 3, 2018

Tomorrow we celebrate our nation’s independence and it has me thinking about what the word “independence” means to us in our work. It is central to what we do. Helping Oregonians live as independently as possible is prominent in our vision and mission, and drives our daily work.

In DHS independence means many things. It means helping people find jobs so they can work their way out of poverty. It means helping families learn to create and sustain safety for their children without our presence. It means helping people live in the setting of their choice as they age. It means helping people with disabilities fully participate in the communities where they live.

Being independent is not exclusive of needing a support network to help and sustain us during difficult circumstances of life. We all need our families, friends and loved ones to realize the true meaning of life and our existence. We can be both independent and interconnected. No matter where you work within DHS, you contribute to our agency’s ability to help Oregonians live as independently as possible and within a network of support that helps sustain their success. I appreciate your dedication and effort.

Enjoy your Fourth of July holiday and please be safe!​​