Open House
Open house & Meet our new CEO

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CAC cordially invites you to our Open House Event! Come see the Monarch Expansion and meet Justin DeFour, our new CEO.

New CEO
OUR NEW CEO

We're excited to announce Justin DeFour as our new CEO!

We are excited to announce the appointment of Justin DeFour as the incoming Chief Executive Officer of the Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties.

Energy Assistance
Energy Assistance

Energy Assistance.

Phone lines are expected to be very busy. Click below for more information or to schedule an appointment online.

Board Letter
letter from Interim CEO

A letter from our board chair dr.sarahlloyd on the recent leadership transitions.

It is with great excitement that we share a letter from our CFO and interim CEO, Sarah Miranda. Let's make 2024 incredible!

Monarch Expansion
Ground-breaking

Everything about the Monarch Expansion Project.

We're proud to have broken-ground on July 20th for the expanding our Monarch Children's Justice & Advocacy Center facilities! Follow this space for updates!

Woman and Child
HEALTH

Learn how Monarch works to reduce the incidence and impact of child abuse.

We work to reduce the incidence and impact of child abuse by providing a coordinated, multidisciplinary response to victims of child abuse and their families. This response includes prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment. This includes community partners who are experts in those areas. In conjunction with our partner agencies, Monarch provided a wide range of services at no cost to 839 child victims and their families last year.

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What We Do

At the Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties, we are dedicated to addressing the systemic issues of poverty and promoting health and well-being. Since 1966, we have been focused on empowering individuals and families, and our mission remains to find innovative, community-based solutions that strengthen our communities and lessen the impacts of poverty.

Our Programs

Health

 

We work to reduce the incidence and impact of child abuse by providing a coordinated, multidisciplinary response to victims of child abuse and their families; supporting the work of child advocacy centers in Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties.

Housing

 

We focus on meeting the housing needs of low-income households to keep people safe and housed; providing assistance via Foundational Community Supports, Housing and Essential Needs, and Affordable Housing.

Energy Assistance

 

We strive to lessen the financial impact of colder months, using Energy Assistance to help everyone have a warmer, more comfortable home.

Click HERE to book your appointment.

Weatherization

We make homes more energy efficient, comfortable, and safe by installing insulation and air sealing measures. We also address health and safety concerns like indoor air quality and fire hazards.

The #CommunityAction Network envisions a nation that creates
opportunities for ALL people to thrive. Therefore, today and every
day, CACLMT stands committed to ending violence and
discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and communities. #IDAHOTB

1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences #mentalillness. Learn
more about #MentalHealth at nami.org/mhm. It could help save a life.
#MentalHealthMonth

πŸ“’ May is Community Action Month! πŸŽ‰ Join us in celebrating the 60th anniversary of our nation's #CommunityAction Agencies, including the Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties. For six decades, these agencies have been a robust, national, state, and local force, ...reaching children and families in 99% of America's counties with life-changing services that create pathways to opportunity and prosperity. Let's honor this milestone and continue our commitment to making a positive impact in our communities! #60YearsStrong #WeR1000Strong #BeCommunityAction

As Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to a close, let us remember that safeguarding the well-being of our children is a year-round commitment. Together, we can create a world where every child grows up in a safe and nurturing environment. πŸŒπŸ’™

To wrap up this crucial month, here's... an article that sheds light on the connection between poverty and child neglect. It explores how addressing poverty can help prevent child abuse: www.ncsl.org/state-legislatures-news/details/poverty-and-child-neglect-how-did-we-get-it-wrong

πŸ“£CEO Announcement

We are excited to announce the appointment of Justin DeFour as the incoming Chief Executive Officer of the Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties. With a deeply rooted dedication to community service and a wealth of experience in fostering ...inclusivity and equity, Justin will join our team in May leading the CAC into a new era of growth and impact.

Justin brings with him over 15 years in human services, exemplified by his leadership role as Director at the Employment Security Department Leave & Care Division. There, he cultivated a culture of inclusivity that resonated deeply with both his team and elected officials and the clients they served. His commitment to fostering belonging and equity is evident in his track record of program growth and partnership development to better serve people in need. Justin's extensive regional experience provides invaluable insights into the unique needs of the communities we serve. He holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Weber State University and certification as a Diversity Executive. As CAC embarks on this exciting new chapter, we are thrilled to have Justin's leadership, grounded in impact, service and equity.

β€œjustin defour will be joining us as our new fearless leader!!! his highly-relational leadership style is transformational, and his rich history of community engagement locally, and throughout the state, is a gift and a huge asset for CACLMT!! the board is THRILLED to bring justin onto the team, and we wholeheartedly support his capacity to do this job exceptionally! – dr.sarahlloyd, board chair

”Justin’s approach to leadership starts with relationship building. This coupled with his expertise in supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is the leadership we need to realize our mission and values into the future.”-Kathleen Clark, Board Vice Chair

Empowering our community with resilience is key when confronting the long-standing inequities that have given rise to concentrated poverty, unstable housing, over policing, and other structural barriers. By joining forces, we can effectively address the challenges of child and family adversity, ...including pressing issues like child abuse and neglect. Together, let's create an environment that fosters equity and embraces trauma-responsive systems, ensuring safe and stable neighborhoods, social and economic mobility, and the well-being of individuals and families. Our collective efforts will pave the way for a positive and supportive community for all. To learn more visit, ccr.publichealth.gwu.edu/

🌟🎀 A huge thank you to our incredible keynote speaker, @jennaquinnlove, for inspiring us at the 6th Annual Rise and Shine Breakfast! Your courage, resilience, and advocacy for survivors of abuse touched our hearts deeply. Your message resonates with us, urging us to stand together and create ...a safer, more compassionate world. Your presence illuminated our event, reminding us of the power of hope and healing. Thank you for sharing your story and igniting our spirits. #Inspiration #KeynoteSpeaker #RiseAndShine2024

🌟✨ A heartfelt thank you to our esteemed sponsors whose unwavering support made the 6th Annual Rise and Shine Breakfast a resounding success! Your commitment to Monarch's transformative work is truly inspiring. Here's to continuing our journey together, creating lasting impact and ...meaningful change. πŸ™Œ #Gratitude #SponsorAppreciation #MakingADifference

Announcements

What People Say
Morgan Mortensen
We thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to have our home made healthy and efficient. This program is excellent and I hope the funding will continue so it will help other low income families like us.
-Weatherization Family
Housing 210823
Thank you so much for everything. You inspire me and I really hope you are appreciated by others for the good you do, the good I see in you, and the example you set is to be admired. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to work with you. Thank you again.
Housing Family
Housing 210920
Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for your help and work on this. It means so much for my family, I can't even tell you. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!
Housing Family
Housing 210830
Thank you so much for representing me, for all of your hard work and dedication. I am forever grateful to each and everyone of you for being there for me in my time of need, I will never forget your help and kind gesture of assistance.
Housing Family
Energy 1
Everyone is always super helpful and nice!
Energy Family
Energy 2
Everyone treats me with respect and are patient to help me understand questions. Always courteous people to help me.
Energy Family
Energy 3
I am truly grateful for this program. Without it we would not be able to pay our bill due to my disability and limited income.
Energy Family
Ernst Liza
Thank you all so much! You don’t just help people fix their energy problems you give them hope and renew their faith. God bless you all, and thank you for your hard-work and kindness.
Weatherization Family
Sam Adams
We want to thank all of you who worked so hard in making our home more energy efficient. We can feel the difference in the heating and ventilation. Our house stays more evenly warm and cool now. Thank goodness for people like you who do that for people that can’t afford to do these things for their home. Thank you for all the education on saving energy! God Bless all of you and thank you for the Weatherization Program. Keep up the good work.
-Weatherization Family
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Contact Us

Multiple Locations are Available
Voice: (360) 438-1100
Fax: (360) 491-7729
Toll Free: (800) 878-5235

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