Paid Part-time Help Wanted: Especially if you already have Senior & Disabled Services provider number

Do you live in Lane County, now or in the near future?

Do you want a part-time home care paid position with one of the best employers in the world, me?

I have multiple disabilities. In fact, I would be called quad but actually because my neck has long had a challenge, I am actually a penta: that is, I have five major disabilities, all my limbs and my neck. Plus a disabled voice.

But let us talk about the positives now, there is a great opportunity for the person or persons who work out!

To the right I am trying out a standing power chair, an example of the direction I am headed. Be revolutionary!

Paid Part-Time Home Care Workers Needed Now!

Because of circumstances, such as a serious health problem with one of our newer employees, we have a need for part-time workers, which can easily turn into permanent shifts.

For more info about paid part-time home care work, see my Help Wanted tab or go directly to this page:

If you have interest, please act now by emailing me at and/or if you have my cell number, give me a call.

Our priority is an individual who already has an active Oregon Senior & Disabled Services provider number. But if you have a clean record and passion for this work, then applying with me can be your potential way to getting such a number, which can lead to other jobs.

One current worker says this about being an employee on our quarter-acre southwest Eugene eco-home: “David is a great and flexible employer. Their home is a wonderful place to spend time at and David is always fun to chat with. Working with David has also provided me with ample learning opportunities that have helped me start a career in care work. Thanks, David!” – Ian

In fact, even without applying for an SDS provider number, there are some part-time positions (such as admin, etc.) where we can hire directly.

Spread the word with folks who you think would be a good fit, if they live in our area or expect to live here soon.


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Please Tell Everyone in Oregon: My Awesome Brother is Looking for a Job!

Please Tell Everyone in Oregon: My Awesome Brother is Looking for a Job!
My big brother Tony Oaks, friend Rev. Phil Schulman, wife Debra Nunez and me.

My big brother Tony Oaks, friend Rev. Phil Schulman, wife Debra Nunez and me.

Update 28 July 2015: Tony is open to even doing a good volunteer job, such as a bike coordinator in Eugene. Plus, while I do not want to take up his busy time, even a one-time note  of encouragement to him would be great. His email address is below.

Do you know anyone in Oregon? Maybe you live in Portland or Eugene or in between? My brother, Tony, who has an amazing range of talents, is looking for a job here and if he finds one, he will relocate from Texas!

I sure am glad the economy is stronger here than it has been in years, because that means that Tony may find the job of his dreams here soon, and I truly love my only sibling!

Quick story: I was in the emergency room back in December of 2012 and my neck was badly broken because of a fall. The first call I made was to Tony, and within hours he flew from Houston, and was by my side for much of the time since then. Tony is a great ally for those of us with a disability, learning my rehab needs, helping to build our accessibility with Habitat for Humanity, raising money for my trust account for my independent living and much more.

A few months ago, Tony came back to Eugene and helped our mom during her departure from our planet at the age of 97. Mom, Violet Oaks, had us two children and definitely treated us as loving as any parent on Earth. Our dad, also Tony Oaks, died back in 1988, but along with our mom, raised us with tender loving care on the south side of Chicago.

To quote his Linkedin page, Tony is “Looking for Project Management Opportunities in the Pacific Northwest.” Tony has many skills beyond his MBA, computer wizardry and Project Management certification. Bicyclist, wilderness first aid, improvisational theater humor, parent with the amazing Charlene of four wonderful adult children, great chef, lover of film and so much more! Nora, Tony’s youngest, makes her dad so proud as she excels at Oregon State University, developing champion solar cars, saying “yes” to Ethan’s proposal, planning their departure next year for the PeaceCorps, etc.

Those who would like more info, especially with any leads about northwest jobs that might lead to bringing this fantastic Texan to Oregon, please see his Linkedin profile here:

Tony has told me about some interesting ideas about his career, and is very open to changes beyond his IT work. A smart employer would ask him about that. In fact a good employer anywhere with a fast Internet would inquire about hiring him in Oregon wherever they are located.

Something that anyone can and should do for me would be to thank Tony for being such a wonderful brother for me. You may email Tony:

You may also leave a public comment with your encouragement and/or glowing praise here on this blog entry. Lead on, Tony!


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David Oaks is Hiring Home-Care Workers – Help Wanted Info!

 Updated: 3/24/2017 – We are now looking for subs. While our team is full we often need a sub or two. You would decide on your own hours. We utilize great workers morning and night, seven days a week. 

You will find the Top Ten Reasons for you to Join Team Oaks as a Home Care Worker or member of the Community, plus a downloadable flyer:

Below is lots more info about this job.  You may now apply directly to me by simply emailing me about your interest:   In fact I may help you start a whole career as a home-care worker with or without a provider number!  It is easier than ever to apply for these positions!

Home-Care Workers:  Permanent and Fill-In Positions

Work with long-time activist David Oaks.


Hi Homecare Worker!

The best homecare worker team in the world is looking for a Sub, because almost every other week we need coverage for an AM or PM shift. Filling in is an easy way to join us. A small regular weekly shift may be opening soon!

If interested in joining our team give me a cell call, the number is in the S&DS Online Registry. Or email to, or both.

Thanks, David

About this opportunity:

Helpful for all shifts: Experience w/ quadriplegics. Experience w/ hoyer lifts. For AM shift only experience w/ digital stim. bowel program (additional training from my nurse available). About every 3 days we shower in the am.

Born in 1955 in the south side of Chicago, raised working class, got scholarships to Harvard, graduated with honors 1977. Since then I’ve worked for disability human rights, especially mental health, co-founding MindFreedom International. In 2012 I broke my neck and do a lot of rehab. I’m in a powerchair w/ paralyzed legs & arms with several other disabilities. For example my vocal fold is impaired.

My main interest is environmental action. My wife Debra, our cat Bongo and I live in our own neat home, on our quarter-acre eco-garden we call Mad Swan, in the Churchill neighborhood SW Eugene.  

Our many shifts each week total about 85 hrs:

  1.  Weekday am: Typically start at 7 or 7:30 am
  2.  Sat. am: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
  3.  Sun. am: 9 am to noon, plus noon to 3 pm 1st Sun.
  4.  Weekday pm: 3:00 pm to about 8:00 pm
  5.  Weekend pm: About 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Some of the tasks for both the am and pm shifts (training available):

  • Dressing & personal hygiene (ability to roll me, 175 lbs, while in bed)
  • Supra pubic catheter care (it’s easy, training available)
  • Assist communication via computer
  • Light housekeeping & laundry
  • Meal set-up, preparation, service & cleanup
  • Transportation to/from appointments & social events driving my accessible van; clean driving record required
  • Assistance with meds & vitamins


We’re homecare union supporters. We make sure longer shifts get a break. We’ve got a nice, comfy, quiet breakroom, or our big backyard, deck/garden. Supplies/equipment are carefully maintained. Workplace is professional & safety is our highest priority. For more info, direct your search engine to David W. Oaks. My public blog is

Act soon! Contact my cell phone number you will find on the S&DS Online Registry or email me at

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Part-Time Admin. Needed for Long-Time Activist David Oaks

Debra with her husband David.

Debra with her husband David.

Would you like to work for a few hours a week for a social change activist? I need someone to support my activism and writing projects about two to six hours per week, more or less.

Below are my criteria. If you are possibly interested, just email me.


Writing skills: You are a good writer and proofreader.

Attitude: You are a self-starter, friendly with good communication skills, including the ability to hear someone with a disabled, soft voice.

Basic computer abilities: You are fairly comfortable on both PC and Mac’s.

Transport: You can visit me in my Churchill-area home, though some of your work can be done from your home.

Activist friendly: You support the principles of social change, such as stopping global warming.

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Help Wanted Now for Great Jobs.

David_n_Debra_PaulCarterR-G-FBsizeHave you wanted a great job, with a decent pay rate and benefits, that helps people?

Home Care Workers are wanted now, both for substitute positions and permanent shifts.  For the past year I have been an employer of Home Care Workers, paid by the government. We have a great crew, but we have some gaps we need to fill.

If you are a caring person, with good communication skills, please apply simply by emailing me about your interest.  My email is

Below find lots more info.

Training is available free, for any of the task that may be new to you. You may apply for these positions with or without a Provider Number. If you do not have a Provider Number,  I can help you get one which may open a whole new career for you!

Thanks for your interest in supporting my independent living.  Please tell likely candidates in the Eugene-area about my help wanted.  Here are three tools, Click Here:

1.  My actual Help Wanted info. You will see I am immediately hiring both substitutes and permanent positions. 

2.  You will read here the Top 10 Reasons to Join Team Oaks.  Wow, as if it is not exciting enough already!

3.  You will find here a simple one-page PDF flyer that you may forward, download, print, give out.  You will see a nice color photo of me and my wonderful wife Debra! Click Here:  oakshelpwanted2014

Whatever you do, wherever you live, please consider leaving a comment here, or any of my entries on my Help Wanted, to help encourage this group effort. You may say why people might like Team Oaks! Or you may comment with your idea to assist this Help Wanted campaign. Or just comment with your “way to go” to encourage everyone!

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Top Ten Reasons for Joining Team Oaks

While our crew is full, almost every other week we are including a fill-in sub, so while there is no guarantee, this is one way to get a permanent shift.

You may read the help wanted blog entry here, plus you will find a downloadable flyer:

Whether you are a paid employee or a member of the community, the below has tips on how to join Team Oaks. Thanks for caring, it would be difficult to name everyone who has helped!

  1. Attitude:

I have spent my whole adult life as an activist mainly working for disability rights especially mental health. So after my big fall in Dec. 2012 I try to show what Martin Luther King calls Creative Maladjustment. Join in this big adventure!

  1. Worker rights:

Both of my grandfathers worked in coal mines for a combined 31 years. I consider worker rights to be very important. I try to always make sure workers have breaks. I try to always be open to feedback. My style is to help work on a goal and give the worker freedom to work on that goal with me, in their own way. I am glad to report that local home care workers are in a union.

  1. Activism:

Because of my decades working for social change, I am in touch with thousands of activists who support major nonviolent revolution! My main interest is the environment, especially the climate crisis. If you seek justice, then you will find Team Oaks rewarding.

  1. Our Home Space:

When you join Team Oaks, you are a part of many people united. We use the latest technology here including very fast wireless Internet. I believe in having some fun so I often see movies on the silver screen or here on our big screen. We like to be as “green” as possible by composting and paying attention to energy conservation.

We make sure employees have a break for every long shift. There is a nice, dedicated, small breakroom, or they enjoy our garden and deck.

  1. Location:

Home for Team Oaks is a long and narrow quirky piece of property that is ¼ acre with grape arbors, fruit trees, five big raised beds, we call Mad Swan Eco-home and Unkempt Garden. We have a nice sun space and back deck, made by Habitat for Humanity, with big awnings. In other words, you can often get away to the outside nature both during work and on breaks. We are committed to back to the land and sustainable values here.

  1. Van:

The Friends Of David Oaks (FODO) raised enough donations for me to have a fairly new accessible van. We often get away on trips to the movies, a unique physical therapy gym for quads, coffee, activism, rehab appointments and many other places. Getting out and about is important to me.

  1. Family and Friends:

Everyone in Team Oaks is part of the family. My wonderful wife Debra Nunez is an amazing leader, and she transformed this home. As never before, her unquenchable love has worked magic. Debra’s side of the family such as her sister Cindy, are part of the team. Again it is impossible to list everyone. I should give a special shout out to the Oregon Country Fair, or as we call it the Fair Family. Many of the workers and Team Oaks are part of the Fair Family. Debra and I have been active in the OCF community village since the 1980’s and we are both now Elders at the OCF. For instance, OCF fair family designed and built the new accessible bathroom.
Cat Care is not part of the duties of Team Oaks, but we should mention that there is a charming cat Bongo gracing our home for you to enjoy.

  1. Community:

Community is very important. All my family came from Lithuania as immigrants and I was raised working class. I got scholarships to attend Harvard and I graduated with honors in 1977. Bill Gates was in my class! But I chose to throw in my lot with the Marginalized And Disempowered, which I hope you noticed spells out MAD!
For example, if you direct your search engine to this phrase — david w oaks mental health — you will discover many interesting articles and videos, such as a brief Wikipedia article. In June 2016 I even did successful stand-up (well, sit-down) comedy.
If you want more info, you can easily find my blog, Facebook pages, and accounts on Twitter, Linkedin, and Google. Via this blog, find an email list you can join to stay notified. Search Facebook for IAACM to see another way I help.

  1. Fun and Adventure:

As a worker, friend or family member, my fall has a big silver lining: Every moment and every day are of course very precious! Team Oaks has a big commitment to things like healthy great food, chocolate, nature, and nonviolent revolution. My voice may be a bit weakened and wonky, my spine may be fused, my arms may be impaired, my legs may be in a chair, but my human spirit is here and shining bright. The human spirit is being redefined by us all. We all are unbeatable, and we are amazing allies for Earth and all our relations. Lead On!

  1. Workers:

Below are some endorsements from some of my current and past employees. Thank you again to everyone who says, I am part of Team Oaks!

Homecare Worker:

Camas Wonders: “I started working with David the summer of 2013. I find him easy to work for, he is very considerate and has a great disposition. I have had experience working with ‘quads’ in the past, David’s needs are not unusual, I really enjoy working with him and Debra is delightful. I would give them a glowing recommendation. If you are a compassionate caring person who loves to help and has skills that make you comfortable working with a quad this would be a great fit!!”

Ian McTeague: “I began working with David Oaks in the Fall of 2015. As a new homecare worker, David Oaks was my first client that I had ever worked for. He’s an absolute riot to be around, and has been extremely patient with me during my process of learning the ins and outs of what he needs. David and his wife, Debra, and their local feline friend, Bongo, are most likely the best employers I’ve ever had!”

Previous Employee of David Oaks When He Directed MindFreedom, for 25 years:

Heather Marek: “The one year that I worked with David still stands out to me as my favorite work experience, and it has had a lasting impression on me. David is brilliant, fun, creative, and very giving with his energy. I learned a lot from his principled, compassionate, generous, and playful ways.

“The most difficult aspect of working with David was managing the large numbers of people always wanting to talk to him. His love for the community is, perhaps, only surpassed by the community’s love for him. Whatever the pay, I am convinced that the most rewarding aspect of joining “Team Oaks” will be getting to spend time with David.”

Shasta Halley: “I worked for David Oaks for almost three years. David is a person of irrepressible humor and warmth. His devotion to human rights and the well-being of our planet, his practice of open communication and collaborative problem-solving, and his genuine concern for his employees makes him a pleasure to work with. I credit David with helping me back into the workforce after several years spent struggling with mental health issues. At times, he believed in me more than I believed in myself, and he always encouraged me to aim higher. I am so thankful to have worked with David!”

LaTonya Gibbs is a former employee from the MindFreedom main office, and says: “I have worked with and for David W. Oaks when he was director of MindFreedom International. I admire his activism and his creating this online home for those in and out of the UU who support Mental Health justice.”

For more info about Help Wanted, click here:

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