NWHS Core Values:
We treat everyone, as we want to be treated.
We put ourselves in others' shoes. We are caring and responsive.
Our word is good. We get the job done, no matter what.
We are a team with those we serve. We go the extra mile to make sure they get what they came for and more.
Everyone is delighted with our services because of our excellence, follow-through and common sense
Northwest Human Services began over 30 years ago when two UCLA medical students on a summer internship were inspired to start a free clinic to serve alienated street youth and low-income people. The Salem community and Marion County Health Department embraced their vision by starting Cry of Love Free Clinic, named after an album written by Jimi Hendrix.
1970 Salem Streetscene, an anti-war rumor control hotline created by Governor Tom McCall now exists as the Crisis and Information Hotline.
1971 - Two medical students from UCLA Medical School arrive for a summer internship with Marion County Health Department. With the Department's blessing, they opened a free clinic to serve alienated street youth and low-income people. It was known as the Cry of Love Free Clinic.
1979 - The Free Clinic was closed due to loss of funding from the City of Salem. It reopened one year later as the West Bank Health Network, and subsequently became known as West Salem Clinic, it's name today.
1982 - HOST (Homes Offering Shelter to Teens) Youth and Family Program was created to serve as shelter plus services for runaway and homeless youth. It is the only such shelter between Portland and Eugene. It now provides temporary shelter, crisis intervention, case management, counseling and a transitional living program.
1987 - HOAP (Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Project) began as a subcontract from Marion County Mental Health to find homeless mentally ill people on the street, in camps, missions, etc., and get them into services. Connection began providing advocacy and counseling to low-income deaf adults.
1993 - Community Voicemail began as a service of Crisis and Information Hotline.
2000 - The Dental Clinic opens on the West Salem Clinic campus.
2002-Northwest Human Services opened the Total Health Community Clinic, located in Monmouth, to meet the growing need for affordable medical care in the Polk County area. The clinic offers a full range of primary care services, prenatal care, wellness and preventive care for the entire family; and laboratory services. The clinic provided over 10,000 patient visits during its first year.
A New Name...
In 1981, the organization's original name, Cry of Love, was replaced with Northwest Human Services. The new name moved the organization away from its counter-culture image and more accurately reflected the many diversified services provided by the agency. With its new professional image, Northwest Human Services began to strengthen its ties with other social service agencies, made a commitment to respond to the needs in the community, and reached beyond Salem to serve growing needs in Marion and Polk Counties.
Since its beginnings as the Cry of Love Free Clinic and still today, Northwest Human Services is committed to our original mission to provide a safety net of health and social services. Our heart is in the same place - we are committed to meet unmet needs and improve the quality of life for our fellow citizens with respect and compassion.
A non-profit social service agency serving the needs of homeless, mentally ill, low-income, deaf and hard-of-hearing clients.