Mission Vision Values
Our Mission is to collaboratively and compassionately advocate for social justice and serve marginalized families and young people that are impacted by poverty.
Our Vision: Safe, inclusive, and compassionate communities where marginalized people are empowered to create equitable opportunities for themselves and others.
Chase Youth Award: Community Asset Builder Award Winner 2012
Bonner Leader Partner of the Year Award Winner 2009 & 2010, Whitworth University
NAACP Northwest Regional Chapter:
Community Leader of the Year Award Winner 2012
Youth Advocate Award 2009, Links Incorporated
Community Service Award 2008, NAACP's Spokane Chapter
Diversity adds a richness to our communities and should be recognized and celebrated. As demographics within our communities are evolving to encompass diverse cultures across race, gender, religion, and other identifying factors, we strive to bring awareness and compassion in helping those who are underrepresented.
Establishing personal connections within served communities gives context to challenges and enables us to propose sensible solutions. Therefore, we prioritize building relationships, hearing different perspectives from the people within the communities we support, and meeting people where they are at in order to work towards a solution that takes in account their voices, values, and experiences.
Equity in Education
Economic inequality, complex power dynamics, and cross-cultural misunderstandings create additional barriers for low-income, immigrant, and minority students in public school systems. By partnering with educators, collaborating with other community organizations, and connecting students' families to resources, we can improve educational success of these vulnerable students.
We are committed to raising awareness, holding leaders accountable, and coordinating community efforts to fight against systematic policies that oppress marginalized members in order to protect our rights to thrive.
Collaboration and Service
No single organization can alleviate the challenges that poverty and systematic discrimination bring to communities of color which increasingly include resettled refugees and immigrant families. We value collaboration with organizations that raise community awareness and promote community-based alliances that safeguard our basic human rights to live safe, meaningful, and productive lives.
Odyssey World International Education Services is a 501(c)(3), educational non-profit started by Karen Morrison in Spokane, WA back in 2006. Since that time, Karen and her daughter, Loveita Morrison, have led OWI and it has been an invaluable community partner in its work with refugee and immigrant families through providing life skills training, resources referrals, advocacy, and community engagement opportunities. Recently, OWI Education Services has relocated to Vancouver, WA where it will continue 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)
Current Board and Sub-Committee Members
Debbie Norton Shelby Davis, Jr. Dusty Sparks
Terri Johnson Jennifer Wyld