Meet our Partner Agencies
Arc of Cowlitz Valley
904 New York Street
Longview, WA 98632
Arc is a non-profit agency dedicated to assisting individuals with developmental disabilities by providing advocacy and support to children and adults and utilizing and strengthening natural supports systems, i.e. where they live, learn, and work. Arc’s advocacy programs provide: Guardianship (only “Certified” non-profit agency in S.W. Washington), planning services, school and Juvenile Court advocacy for children and families, surrogate parenting transition assistance, daily living activities, basic needs, social/recreational needs and crisis intervention. Additionally, the Resource Center provides Internet access, information and referral and networking with parent support groups.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boy Scouts of America, Cascade Pacific Council
Ryan Gustafson, District Executive
1339 Commerce Avenue, Suite #114
Longview, WA 98632
(360) 423-6960 / Fax (360) 423-0914
Cascade Pacific Council
Scouts offers a series of developmental programs for youth and families designed to strengthen the family, empower individuals and neighborhoods, develop youth self-sufficiency, and provide prevention focus. Youth develop self-esteem, basic skills and knowledge, literacy, leadership skills, ethical decision making, community service, occupational readiness and life long learning. Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing and Exploring provide youth with adult mentors on a weekly basis who develop these strong attributes.
The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program provides trained community volunteers to act as the guardian ad litem for a child that has become part of the dependency court system due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. When Child Protective Service files a petition to initiate a child abuse (physical or sexual assault) or neglect case, they also file an appointment order for CASA. The primary purpose of CASA is to conduct an independent investigation and make recommendations to the court regarding the “best interests” of the child/children and assure that their needs are met and permanency achieved for them in a timely manner.
Community House of Broadway
Frank Morrison, Executive Director
1105 Broadway/ P.O. Box 403 Longview, WA 98632
(360) 425-8679 / Fax (360) 425-5949
Community House of Broadway
The Community House on Broadway is a long-term Homeless Recovery Center which exists to provide emergency and transitional housing for homeless individuals and families; a minimum of nourishing meals, professional case management, innovative rehabilitation services; and a working conduit with existing social service agencies and spiritual support services within the community. The goal of the foregoing is to help homeless individuals and families return to housing and self-sufficient living.
Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Counties Legal Aid Program
1338 Commerce Avenue, Suite C
Longview, WA 98632
(360) 425-3430 x.206 / Fax (360) 425-2579
The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Counties Legal Aid Program is a 501 (c) (3) corporation organized in 1999 and is supported by the volunteer efforts of local attorneys who provide free legal advice regarding civil matters to economically disadvantaged residents of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. Clients must be at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for assistance. The program currently operates on a part-time basis. Our goal is to expand to a full-time program. The need is overwhelming but additional sources of revenue must be obtained in order to expand. The main funding source for CWLAP is a grant from the Legal Foundation of Washington.
For over 33 years, DAPC has been a lifeline for Cowlitz and Wahkiakum County chemically dependent residents and their families. Families have found in our outpatient programs the understanding and support necessary to become healthy. Because treatment works, DAPC’s efforts have strengthened the infrastructure of our community by graduating productive citizens able to support themselves and their families. Everyone DAPC touches, every chemically dependent person, every family we support and every employer who gets a recovered worker is a link strengthening the community.
Sherrie Tinoco, Executive Director
304 Cowlitz Way/P.O. Box 877 Kelso, WA 98626
(360) 425-1176 / Fax (360) 425-3970
Emergency Support Shelter provides compassion, support and care for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as other crimes. Services include: shelter, individual advocacy, support groups, a parenting program, children’s therapy, legal and medical advocacy, education groups, transitional housing, home visitations, and outreach to the community. Emergency Support Shelter’s mission is to end domestic violence and sexual assault and to provide education, safety and support to our community.
Bill Reade, Volunteer
311 Oak St., Kelso, WA 98626
(360) 636-2791 / Fax (360) 423-2208
Ethnic Support Council
The Ethnic Support Council office provides individual assistance to clients that allows them to access services otherwise unavailable to them due to a language barrier, “the agency also provides assistance to non-English speaking victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.” Bilingual staff members assist clients with employment applications, interpreters for medical appointments and many other services. The program goal is to facilitate the self-sufficiency in individuals and to allow or aid other social service organizations to effectively assist their clients with limited English-speaking abilities. ESC also provides community education on issues related to diversity and cultural issues.
Dian Cooper, CEO
1057 – 12th Avenue Longview, WA 98632
(360) 636-3892 / x 2010
Family Health center
FHC has served Southwest Washington since 1973. FHC’s mission is to promote, encourage and provide health services in order to improve the quality of life through sound nutrition, education, preventive healthcare, and the empowerment of choice. We provide quality health care for residents of Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Pacific and northern Clark counties. We accept uninsured individuals as well as Medicaid, Medicare, and most insurances. Our services include medical primary care, family planning, general dentistry, integrated behavioral health care, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program, and First Steps services for pregnant women. In 2010 we served 22, 058 people with medical, family planning, dental and integrated behavioral health services, as well as 6,541 people in our WIC program.
P.O. Box 135
Longview, WA 98632
The United Way helps fund [or contributes to] FISH’s utility support program. That program helps people who are experiencing financial difficulties pay overdue water bills, buy propane for heating and cooking and purchase firewood. FISH is an all-volunteer nonprofit that also provides food, prescriptions, dental care, bus passes and a variety of other services to people facing financial emergencies.
904 New York St.
Longview, WA 98632
1600 Maple, P.O. Box 3010 Longview, WA 98632
(360) 442-2800 / Fax (360) 442-2819
Head Start Early Childhood Education
The Positive Behavioral Support Team (PBST) program promotes pro-social classroom behavior for 3-5 year old Head Start / ECEAP children in Cowlitz County. The program is also targeted to improve three protective factors; initiative, self-control, and attachment. A team of two specialists will provide proactive and immediate assistance in classrooms with children exhibiting challenging behaviors. PBST will also provide more intense, one-on-one mental health services for identified children. This program is in response to staff and parent need, as documented by staff and parent surveys where 67% of teachers and 60% of parents requested additional training and support regarding challenging behaviors.
Our programs center around the nutrition/wellness and physical/social well-being of senior adults. We offer a variety of group activities that encourage seniors to take part in our nutritious lunches. These activities encourage seniors to stay active, reducing isolation, prolonging independent living, and in turn keeping seniors active, contributing members of our community.
Eric Yakovich, Chief Executive Officer
921 – 14th Avenue Longview, WA 98632
(360) 423-0203 / Fax (360) 423-2311
Mental Health Center
The Healing Intervention & Prevention, or HIP, program provides children an opportunity to learn, grow and realize their potential. HIP builds self-esteem and nurtures social and academic achievement, helping children and families succeed. HIP works side-by-side with every school district in Cowlitz County to provide supportive counseling, training, engagement and referral services. HIP provides prevention and early intervention services aimed at improving behavior, attendance and grades. HIP supports children and families of Cowlitz County to realize brighter futures.
Community Caring Project
Progress Center serves our community’s youngest, most vulnerable citizens, children birth to three with developmental delay. Services of therapy and education are provided in family homes, at our center and at the Monticello Park Assisted Living Center. All our therapy and education services are designed to assist our young students and their families to develop skills to their highest potential.
Reading is Fundamental of Cowlitz County (RIF/CC) helps children discover the joy of reading by providing access to books and the motivation to read them. RIF/CC makes reading fun through planned activities that culminate in opportunities for children to choose and keep books. In Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties, volunteers go to 27 sites three times a year to give children the tools to become lifelong readers and learners.
1134 Columbia Street Cathlament, WA 98612
(360) 795-8612 / Fax (360) 795-3077
St. James Family Center
St. James Family Center is a multi-service nonprofit agency which serves children, youth and families. United Way helps support several programs which nurture children and youth and strengthen individuals and families, including sliding scale infant/toddler care, preschool age child care, Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and preschool, Youth Adventure Program and Family Support Services including home visiting, parent support groups, parenting education classes and crisis child care. Funds for Strengthening Individual and Families also help support The Charlotte House, an 8-bed domestic violence shelter that is part of the state-wide system and is accredited by the state as a Community Sexual Assault Program.
1953 – 7th Avenue Longview, WA 98632
(360) 577-2200 / Fax (360) 577-2205
Volunteer Chores Services
Volunteer Chore Services is a program that recruits, trains and supports people who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. Volunteers (individuals and teams) work to help keep low-income clients in their homes with dignity and meaningful connections to their communities for as long as is safely possible. VCS server two groups of low-income adults who don’t qualify for other assistance and don’t have family or friends available to help: seniors (age 60 and over) and disabled adults (age 18 and over). Services include housework, yard work, transportation, shopping, monitoring and wood provision.
The YMCA’s mission is to develop building blocks for young people through our programs and activities that develop healthy and well-adjusted young people. Programs that we use are: Day Camp, Preschool, Youth and Teen Center, Swimming lessons (extended to Saturdays), Swim Team, Open Swim, and Youth Sports. We provide positive developmental experiences that surround youth with support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, and opportunities for constructive use of time. To build a young person’s own self-worth we encourage education and positive core values (honesty, caring, respect and responsibility). Children have fun, grow personally and socially and become future leaders of our community. Call the YMCA direct to ask about additional camps that they provide!
Steve Watters, Executive Director
907 Douglas Street Longview, WA 98632
(360) 423-6741 / Fax (360) 577-6510
Youth & Family Link
Youth & Family Link connects (or links) kids to the things they need most: school, friends, positive activities and family, specializing in engaging kids and families who are faced with the obstacles to receiving services to help them. Youth & Family Link is not an office-based program; Link works with the kids and families in their homes, schools and communities to promote positive change.