The People Center is to provide a safe place for the people of the area to come, to be heard, and to receive practical assistance in an atmosphere of dignity and trust.
The People Center first opened its doors and its heart on June 4, 1996.
Since the beginning, our intention has been to welcome our neighbors to a safe and honoring place when life becomes stressful and anxious.
From its humble beginning of one home that housed a food pantry, a clothing hutch, and a single-efficiency apartment, The People Center has grown. In 2004, The People Center responded to the needs of over 1,800 guests, the vast majority of whom live in the greater Tri-Cities area!
In 1998 and 1999, the second and third apartments were opened to house families in need.
On July 28, 2005 The People Center celebrated the Grand Opening of its third home, Samantha’s Place.
The three apartments in Samantha’s Place double the amount of transitional housing The People Center is able to offer the people of our community. The emerging People Center campus now includes six transitional apartments in three homes and continues to provide food and clothing.
With one paid part-time employee and a staff of over 60 volunteers, we are able to help families in our community.
In March 2010, with generous donations from our community, we became the proud owners of our current properties.