Frequently Asked Questions

When are the medical clinics held at Community Outreach?
What services do the medical clinics provide?
What is the fee per medical clinic visit?
What sources of revenue does Community Outreach have?
Who is eligible to stay at Community Outreach?
What should I tell people who want to stay at Community Outreach?
When can intake interviews occur?
What are the fees to stay at Community Outreach?
When can clients be in the facility?
Who supports Community Outreach?
How does Community Outreach offer so many programs considering the size of its budget?
How does Community Outreach’s extreme weather contract work?
How do Community Outreach’s emergency and transitional shelters work?
Do we serve initiators of domestic violence at Community Outreach?
Do we serve sex offenders at Community Outreach?
Does Mari’s Place accept children who are not staying at the shelter?
Does Community Outreach serve male single parents with children?
What other shelter options are there in Corvallis?
How do I volunteer for Community Outreach?
Can I tour Community Outreach?



When are the medical clinics held at Community Outreach?
In Corvallis at the Community Outreach facility, medical clinics are held Mondays and Fridays from 8:30am-10am and on Wednesdays from 5:30pm-7pm. Wednesday clinics place priority on those who can provide proof of employment, such as a recent pay stub, W4, or weekly schedule.

In Lebanon, at the Linn County Health Department, clinics are held every Tuesday and first and third Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7pm.

All clinics are a first come, first served basis so please call 541.758.3000 for questions and clinic availability.

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What services do the medical clinics provide?
The medical clinics provide access to medical care for people who have no health insurance and cannot otherwise afford healthcare. Clinics cannot serve those with the Oregon Health Plan.

Patients may receive exams and treatment, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications, radiology and lab services, referrals to specialists, physical exams, and diabetic counseling. Patients are primarily seen for acute care issues. Some (limited) psychiatric services are available.

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What is the fee per medical clinic visit?
A $5 per visit donation is requested.

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What sources of revenue does Community Outreach have?
Community Outreach relies on the generosity of donors and foundations for the majority of our funding. We also receive funding from HUD, VA, Samaritan Health Services, City of Corvallis, United Way of Benton County, and the United Way of Linn County.

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Who is eligible to stay at Community Outreach?
Community Outreach houses men, women, and families who are homeless and qualify via our telephone screening and intake interview. Safety is a high priority at Community Outreach. Staff examines a prospective client’s background during the telephone screening and intake interview. Clients who are violent, sex offenders, or users of drugs or alcohol for the past five days are not eligible. Clients with mental health issues who are not medication compliant are also not eligible. The staff ultimately bases eligibility for housing on its ability to accommodate the needs of the current client population and the needs of new prospective clients.

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What should I tell people who want to stay at Community Outreach?
Call Community Outreach at 541.758.3000 to complete a telephone screening or come into our building between 8am to 9pm Monday through Saturday. Once completed, eligible clients are asked to call at 8am to schedule an intake for the day they are seeking shelter. Intakes are given on a first come, first served basis beginning at 8am Monday through Friday. If telephone access is unavailable, please come to Community Outreach in person at 865 NW Reiman Avenue in Corvallis to complete a screening/schedule an intake at 8am.

Availability of intakes depends on current occupancy of shelter. Please call or see us if you have any questions.

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When can intake interviews occur?
Call 541.758.3000 to schedule a phone interview prior to seeking an intake. Staff schedules intakes during the day as needed for eligible clients on a first come, first served basis. An intake interview may take as long as an hour. Staff is limited as to the number of intakes they can do in a day due to occupancy levels.

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What are the fees to stay at Community Outreach?
It costs $5 a day to stay at Community Outreach. Clients without an income source are assigned a housing chore in lieu of the $5 fee.

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When can clients be in the facility?
Clients can remain in the facility all day, but we encourage clients to leave during the day to access community resources such as the library or to seek out employment opportunities and exercise. Part of achieving self sufficiency is establishing productive interests outside of the Community Outreach facility.

Clients must be on property and check in with staff by 9:30pm every night and remain in the dorm from 10:45pm to 7am. Exceptions will be made for those who can provide proof of employment and those attending treatment groups.

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Who supports Community Outreach?
Community Outreach has diverse support from throughout the community. The majority of contributions are from individuals, but Community Outreach also receives major funding from the City of Corvallis, Samaritan Health Services, United Way of Benton County, and United Way of Linn County.

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How does Community Outreach offer so many programs considering the size of its budget?
Many of our employees work part-time. In addition, Community Outreach has the support of many generous community volunteers, especially in our medical and dental clinics. Community Outreach is beneficial to receive the support of many Oregon State University organizations, such as the Greek community. We also have regular volunteers in our childcare center, Mari’s Place. Our Community Services Director is actively recruiting volunteers and interns for social services, childcare, and other projects.

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How does Community Outreach’s extreme weather contract work?
The extreme weather contract applies when the weather is extremely cold or inclement. Community Outreach serves nonviolent women and family clients as part of the extreme weather contract when weather conditions apply. Because we only screen the extreme weather clients to ensure they are nonviolent, they stay on the first floor of our facility on mats and bedding. This ensures the safety of the clients in the rest of the facility.

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How do Community Outreach’s emergency and transitional shelters work?
The emergency shelter clientele is mostly looking just for shelter and food (they can stay for seven days every 90 days) although some may need a longer stay and request our transitional shelter—offering case management and transitional classes, such as Computer Skills and Health Issues.

The transitional shelter consists of men, women, and families who are working towards a goal such as permanent housing, employment, furthering their education, or a combination of the above. Some in our transitional shelter are veterans who are in need of substantial help and who stay at least several months since the Roseburg veteran’s hospital is unable to accommodate them. This is why the Eugene Veterans Administration arranged the contract with Community Outreach. Some of the clients in the transitional shelter are obtaining alcohol and drug treatment.

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Do we serve initiators of domestic violence at Community Outreach?
Yes, we serve initiators of domestic violence through our agency. To clarify, they don’t meet on site. They are community referrals where the court has ordered the batterer to attend counseling. They attend outpatient group treatment. It is mostly men although women can be included in their own group.

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Do we serve sex offenders at Community Outreach?
No. We use a screening process to ensure that the clients and staff of Community Outreach are safe.

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Does Mari’s Place accept children who are not staying at the shelter?
Yes, we do with a focus on serving low and no-income families. Some of the children in the center are current or former residents of the shelter and some children come from needy families in the community.

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Does Community Outreach serve male single parents with children?
Yes, as long as we have available space in our family shelter, we are able to accommodate male single parents with children.

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What other shelter options are there in Corvallis?
If you are a minor, there is Jackson Street Youth Shelter. If you are a woman fleeing domestic violence, there is the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV).

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How do I volunteer for Community Outreach?
Complete a volunteer application on this website or visit Community Outreach and complete a volunteer application in person.

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Can I tour Community Outreach?
Yes, please call 541.758.3000 and ask for Kyle Janssen, the Volunteer/Intern Services Coordinator. She would be happy to arrange a tour.

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