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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
To learn more about our work, see Services
Ongoing community building groups...
Angelou's Angels | Social Support Group for African American Women
This group offers a safe space filled with encouragement and comradery for Black women residing in the Vancouver, WA area. For more information, email the organizer
BIPOC Youth Advocacy | Student, Educators, and Parent Action Group
This is a network of community partners that come together to address inequities in education for students of color. Activities include outreach to local institutions, community forums, participation in rallies, and supporting youth-led groups.
Who we are...
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.
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
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.
Washington Low-Income Housing Alliance
Advocacy Award Winner 2021
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