A place where adults with varying disabilities could find dignity, opportunity, compassion and appropriate challenges in Ozaukee County was developed 56 years ago- March 10 1965.
Leading the challenge in establishing Portal was the Ozaukee County Association for Retarded Citizens. In 1965, there were ten participants, one staff person and a group of concerned men and women.
Operations began in the basement room in the school in Knellsville, just north of Port Washington. The demand for Portal's rehabilitation services was apparent when after the first year of operation, the agency moved to a larger facility in Saukville. Eight years later, in 1974, Portal moved to its current location in Grafton.
In our history, we were known as The Portal, Portal Programs, Portal Industries, inc and now Portal, inc.
Our logos have also changed over the years, reflecting our evolving support to the individuals we serve.
Today our service and supports occur throughout Ozaukee County and surrounding communities - not bound by the walls of our building.
Take a peak at a 2-minute video highlighting some of our past.
As you view, you'll see reference to the "R" word and sheltered services that were deemed acceptable at the time.
We are thrilled to be part of the continuing journey recognizing the gifts and talents of every individual.
Portal's Original Work Program (work floor on premise)
To enhance opportunities for people with disabilities to participate fully in their community as valued neighbors, productive workers and respected citizens.