The following year in the summer of 1971, two UCLA medical students arrived on the scene as part of an internship with Marion County Health Department. Appalled by the lack of health care services available to the low-income and homeless, the students, Phil Yule and Paul Kaplan, requested the assistance of the health department in opening a clinic to serve disadvantaged populations. With the department’s support and assistance, The Cry of Love Free Clinic was opened, named after a popular Jimi Hendrix album of the day.
In 1979, The Cry of Love Free Clinic became the West Bank Health Network, and later the West Salem Clinic, as it is currently known. In 1982 the agency as a whole took on the name 'Northwest Human Services' in an effort to move with the times and away from its counter-culture image - though the original mission to serve underprivileged citizens with respect and compassion remained, and remains, as strong as ever.
At Northwest Human Services, we value customer service, teamwork, wellness and fun. Our team of over 200 employees has an average tenure of over 5 years. Employees are treated to annual holiday celebrations, summertime picnics and many other events recognizing their handwork and dedication to our mission. Our leadership team and Board of Directors support our staff as we continue to grow and expand our programs and community offerings.
Northwest Human Services has been serving residents of the Willamette Valley since 1971. Programs include the West Salem and Total Health Community Clinics, West Salem Mental Health Clinic, West Salem Dental Clinic, the Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Project (HOAP), The HOST Program, and our Crisis & Information Hotline as well as in house Billing, IT , Facilities Maintenance and Administrative departments to ensure that these programs operate efficiently.Oregon