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OIC of Washington Prosperity Center

Our History

1964

1964

Dr. Leon H. Sullivan founded the 1st OIC training Center to provide employment training and retraining in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1966

1966

OIC is nationally recognized and starts to expand and establish in eight additional cities.

1968

1968

Dr. Leon H. Sullivan appeals to Philadelphia’s largest businesses to interview young African Americans for their companies’ job opportunities.

1970

1970

OIC of America, Inc is established to serve as the national headquarters to OIC Affiliates and support other communities replicating the OIC model.  

1971

1971

Bill Jaquish introduced the Opportunities Industrialization Center of America’s training model to Henry Beauchamp, Director of the Southeast Yakima Community Center, leading to the birth of Yakima Valley Opportunities Industrialization Center (YVOIC).

On September 1, YVOIC was officially formed with a budget of $156,000. They received initial support from Mr. Elton Jolly, then Director of Field Support for OIC of America.  Mr. Beauchamp became the first Executive Director of the newest OIC. OIC started with a budget of $156,000 and served 150 clients and placed 124 jobs.

1972

1972

YVOIC became the 100th OIC in American, beginning its first day of training on January 17 at 19 South Second Street. The original programs offered were typing, bookkeeping, filing, grocery checking, GED instruction, counseling, job placement, and follow-up.

1974

1974

In October, YVOIC moved to 201 South First Street, and it expanded training programs to include English as a Second Language for newly arriving Asian refugees.  

YVOIC became the designated limited purpose agency for the United States Department of Health and Human Services—Office of Community Services, becoming a Community Action Agency. Services were expanded to Weatherization and Energy Assistance Programs.

Sister Nora Murphy of the Catholic Diocese helped bring programs and resources to YVOIC.

1983

1983

YVOIC moved to 815 Fruitvale Boulevard, our current location, and acquired the Broadmead Shopping Center and the Social Security Administration Building, and two properties in Sunnyside.

1983 - 2016

1983 - 2016

YVOIC evolved to OIC of Washington. In 2016 the Yakima City Council voted to rename the Southeast Community Center to the Henry Beauchamp Community Center in recognition of Mr. Beauchamp who helped start the center.

2016 - Present

2016 - Present

Currently serving 13 primarily rural counties in Washington State. Services are offered through four divisions including Education and Career, Nutrition and Health, Housing and Financial and Community Services. OIC has brought more than $90,000,000 into our state to support individuals and communities become self-sufficient.

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Yakima

815 Fruitvale Blvd.
Yakima, WA 98902
Phone: 509-248-6751
Fax: 509-575-0482
Email

Other Locations

Sunnyside: 509-839-0204
Pasco: 509-545-0484
Wenatchee: 509-426-1941
Moses Lake: 509-765-9206

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