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Need Help? Contact us.

We connect community members to the following types of services through referral.
  • Emergency assistance for Rent, Food, Overnight Shelter
  • COVID-19 Resources: PPE, COVID-19 Testing, Vaccinations
  • Mental/Physical Health Referrals
  • Common Resources: Transportation, Legal Assistance, Social Support, Newborn Supplies, Education
  • Food resources: Student Food Relief, Food Banks, Meal Services for food security
  • Family Resources: Childcare, Student Education and Discipline Concerns, Advocacy in schools
Are you Interested in Promoting Youth Development within African American communities?
Help us advocate for safety and equity within SW Washington schools so that African American youths can thrive and excel. 
Are you an African-American woman looking for a social support group?
Join Angelou's Angels - Social and Support Group
(formerly known as Phenomenal Women)
Email the organizer: Terri Johnson 
Meetings: Once a month (days vary)
This group was created as a safe space of encouragement and comradery specifically for Black women who reside in the Vancouver, WA area.  The group is small, but growing. New members are welcome to join at any time. There is no membership fee to participate. 

About Us 

History

Odyssey World International Education Services is a Black-led, family- operated, education-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit that was started by Karen Morrison in Spokane, WA  back in 2006.  It has been an invaluable community partner in its work with refugee and immigrant families. It is 100% volunteer-based organization that provides resources referrals, advocacy, and community engagement opportunities. In 2015, OWI Education Services  relocated to Vancouver, WA where it has continued to promote and collaborate on projects that strengthen inclusivity within increasingly diverse communities in the US and abroad. 

Our team 

Directors

Karen Morrison, Founder/Executive Director (2006-now)

Loveita Morrison, Deputy Director (2006-now)

 

Board of Directors 

Rita Rubenstein, PHD- Secretary and Editor                                Jennifer Wyld, PHD- R & D Scholar, Event Manager   

Shelby Davis, Jr. Treasurer                                                              Terri Johnson, Parental Advocate and Media manager       

Sarah Chivers, PHD- Curriculum Advisor & Researcher           Gabriella Ewing, Community Engagement

Carmen Huizar, College Service-Learning Coordinator 

Partners

Children's Alliance- Washington  | NAACP Vancouver, WA|  Free Hot Soup Vancouver| Seeds of Greatness Ministries Bridgeview Resource Center|  Treasurer of State Washington| | Washington Low-Income Housing Alliance|  and many more...see "PARTNERS, SPONSORS, FUNDERS" for a complete list. 

 
 

REcognition

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Washington Low-Income Housing Alliance

Advocacy Award Winner  2021

Children's Alliance:
Brewster Denny Rising Advocate Award Winner 2020

Bonner Leader Partner of the Year Award Winner 2009 & 2010, Whitworth University

NAACP Northwest Regional Chapter:
Community Leader of the Year Award Winner 2012

Chase Youth Award: Community Asset Builder Award Winner 2012

Youth Advocate Award 2009, Links Incorporated

Community Service Award 2008, NAACP's Spokane Chapter