The Opportunity Council is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency serving homeless and low-income families and individuals. The Opportunity Council helps people improve their lives through education, support, and direct assistance while advocating for just and equitable communities. Its goal is to help people learn to become self-sufficient. They provide services at Whatcom, Island, Skagit, Snohomish and San Juan county. The services include basic needs such as obtaining food stamps, childcare resources such as finding childcare centers, food/nutrition for children, home/energy such as energy assistance program and furnace repair assistance, housing services include paying rent and overcoming homelessness, infants/toddlers, providing job skills/money management such as resume building, job search, preparation and interview prep, preschool and education. They also provide Financial Literacy and Renters Education (F.L.A.R.E.) program to increase adults’ knowledge and skills in budgeting, credit, debt, landlord/tenant law and savings. If you are facing a short-term financial crisis due to unexpected expenses – such as medical bills, auto repair, or loss of income – Opportunity Council may be able to help you pay one month’s rent so that you are able to stay in your home.
Alabama Non-Violent Offenders Organization (ANVOO) helps individuals with a non-violent criminal record. Their mission is to assists those seeking to regain their place in society by connecting them to resources and services to reach their full potential as productive members of their families.