Many programs. One mission.

Poverty is a systematic problem. It appears on multiple fronts, in many forms. But with decades of experience and research, we have built a system that can adapt. Our carefully developed programs address the symptoms of poverty, while fixing its root causes. Brought together, these services offer people living on low-incomes a pathway to self-sufficiency.

Our Programs

Energy Services

Lowering the burden of energy bills on low-income households in Marion and Polk counties.

Head Start

Providing early childhood education and resources for low-income families.

HOME Youth Services

Giving at-risk youth shelter, support, and tools for personal growth.

The ARCHES Project

Addressing housing instability and homelessness through shelter and services.

Child Care Resource & Referral

Connecting child care providers with vital resources and education.

De Muniz Resource Center

Helping those exiting the justice system start new, more stable lives.

Nutrition First

Helping Oregon’s child care providers access nutritious food.


Improving the energy efficiency of low-income homes.

Helping the Whole Person

Ending poverty requires a wide perspective and responsive programs. The sooner we can intervene, the better. In childhood, that means providing good education, nutritious food, and a safe home. For low-income adults, it’s lowering the burden and helping them meet their basic needs. When they’re given a fair chance, people can lead better lives.

Our Service Area

We work with rural and urban communities throughout Marion-Polk, while offering limited assistance to other counties. To see if a specific service is available in your area, please visit the relevant program page.

“Teacher Myrna and inclusion specialist Ashley helped my son learn self-regulation. I’m truly grateful for all the support they gave my son. He is walking away from the program with social skills that will last his whole life. I am forever grateful.”