About Pearl Buck Center, Inc.


Pearl Buck Center Incorporated enriches the lives of those affected by disabilities, through vocational, recreational and educational programs. Pearl Buck Center has been a mainstay to people with developmental disabilities and their families in the Eugene/Springfield metro area since 1953.

The organization began with one woman, Lisl Waechter, teaching five children with developmental disabilities in the living room of her Creswell home. The number of students grew and with the assistance of the Emerald Empire Kiwanis Club of Eugene, a new school building was completed in 1959. Since then, Pearl Buck Center has grown in response to the changing needs of our clients and community, offering a life-span of opportunities for people affected by disabilities.

We moved to a newer, larger facility in 2008, resulting in enhanced services to a steadily increasing number of people.
We fulfill our mission through three major programs;
• Working for a Better Life (adults with developmental disabilities receive vocational training, earn wages and integrate with other working adults in our production facility and/or in community businesses);
• Pearl Buck Preschool (teaches school-readiness skills to children who are at risk for environmentally acquired disabilities because their parents have cognitive limitations; parent education for their parents; and outreach/case management to assist with fulfilling basic needs for food, shelter and maintaining a stable home);
• Life Enhancing Activities Program, known as LEAP, (learning, recreation and community integration for adults with moderate to severe disabilities who are medically fragile, aging and require alternatives to employment).

Pearl Buck building 8-08

5 thoughts on “About Pearl Buck Center, Inc.

  1. Jody Himber January 19, 2016 / 7:29 am

    My sister has a type of Muscular dystrophy and is trying to find a job, can you help?


    • Lorie Polk January 19, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      Jody, my recommendation is for you to get your sister signed up with Vocational Rehabilitation. That is the first step in the job search process. Take a look at my blog article on the full process here; http://wp.me/p4vcfm-j1
      It will give you an idea of how someone with a disability goes about finding the resources to assist them in their job search journey.
      I wish you and your sister good luck and if you have any other questions please feel free in contacting me.

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  2. marilyn Braaten January 21, 2016 / 9:44 am

    I’m thinking of moving to the Eugene area from the midwest how hard would it be to get my son who will be 20 into a program


    • Lorie Polk January 22, 2016 / 4:08 pm

      I would advise you to get in contact with Senior & Disabled Services of Eugene; (541)682.4038 1015 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401. They are open 8 am to 5 pm (pacific time).
      This would be the first place to start because they will put you in contact with the right agencies and make sure your son is in the system. If you have any other questions please feel free in contacting me.

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      • marilyn Braaten January 26, 2016 / 8:40 am

        Thank you Lorie I will start there

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