History

Throughout our organization’s 50-year history, our partners have been critical to our service model. COI is deeply embedded in the fabric of Corvallis. We began with a strong partnership with Oregon State University, Samaritan Health Services, Benton County Health Department, and United Way. Throughout the thread of our timeline, partnerships with CARDV, the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, Northwest Medical Teams, Medical Teams International, the VA, OYA, Benton Community Foundation, CSC and many other organizations have been integral to our work and have shaped our organization. Today those partnerships are just as important as ever as our organization continues to evolve to meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community.

COI Timeline

1969-Benton County Committee on Youth conceives of a service that would become COI and that would fill community gaps to serve and assist youth who were drug-affected (Youth Outreach).

 

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1971 (June 15) Sunflower House opened with a donation from OSU, fully staffed by volunteers with the following services offered in Linn and Benton counties

Crisis Intervention Line, Referrals and Information

Drug Education Programs

Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams (Bummer Squad) 

Emergency overnight shelter

Food Bank

1973-Sunflower House receives its first grant award.

1973-Counseling and Medical Clinics begin.

1981-Sunflower House staff participates in the creation of CARDV led by Benton County.

1981-Sunflower House takes on WIC distributions

1982-Community donors and the City of Corvallis fund 9-bed men’s shelter operated by Sunflower House

1983-The Sunflower House officially changes name to Community Outreach Inc. (COI)

 

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1989-COI was selected by a community-wide task force to operate the area’s first transitional shelter for families.

1991-Health services expand to Lebanon at Eastland Community Health Clinic

1992-COI began offering emergency family shelter services

1993-purchased property on 8th and Reiman, home of current building

1994-MultiCultural Assistance Program begins (It continues through 2004).

1994-Albany In Reach Clinic begins

1995-Capital campaign began to build the new building.

1996-COI celebrates 25 years of service

1997-COI wins Women in Leadership award from the United Nations for our emergency shelter services to women and children and helping women improve their lives.

1997-Mediation services offered (ends in 2003)

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1998-COI creates our alcohol and drug recovery program.

2001-COI begins to offer outpatient recovery programs.

2002-capital campaign completed with over 800 donors. On August 19 Sunflower House closed and programs were relocated to the new facility. 

2003-COI opens Mari’s Place, nature-based, trauma-informed childcare to serve children and help parents. 

2003-COI receives Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services license.

2003-Diabetes Education program begins.

2004-Veterans assistance program begins.

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2006-COI receives Mental Health treatment license.

2007-Medical Teams International and Northwest Medical Teams partner with COI to bring mobile dental vans to our community, creating an opportunity to offer experience to LBCC dental students 

2011-With a grant from Community Services Consortium, COI installs a 52kwh solar array.

2012-COI wins Outstanding Campaign Award from United Way.

2013-COI gains VA and OYA contracts to serve veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness and youth exiting the juvenile justice system.

2021-COI opens our Community Counseling center at our 4th St. location

2021-COI offers psychiatric care for the first time.

2021-COI opens the Young Adult Dorm with 11 beds dedicated to 18-25 year olds.

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