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About Us

Making the impossible, possible for 30 years

Community Action Resource Enterprises (CARE) is Tillamook County's homegrown, locally controlled, non-profit social service agency.

Whether you need help or want to give help to your neighbors in need, CARE has much to offer.  CARE's programs include emergency assistance, homeless services, support for first-time parents, and community development projects.

Our Story

Created in 1991 to help ease the effects of poverty in Tillamook County, CARE has grown in direct proportion to the need in our community. We now provide a wide array of services for people in crisis and others who struggle to make ends meet.

Whether you need help or want to give help to your neighbors in need, CARE has much to offer.  CARE's programs include emergency assistance, homeless services, support for first-time parents, assisted living facilities and community development projects.

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Announcing our New Executive Director

                    Community Action Resource Enterprises (CARE), Inc. is pleased to announce that Jeff Blackford will be joining their team as their next Executive Director. Jeff joins CARE after a successful 7-year run as the Executive Director of C.H.A.N.C.E., an agency that works with those experiencing homelessness, addiction and mental illness in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties.

                    “Jeff brings a lot of great experience and a track record of success in the very projects and programs that we are working on at CARE right now,” explains Dusti Linnell, CARE’s Board Chair, who, along with Board Treasurer Nicole Vertner, has been fulfilling the functions of the ED since February.

                     “We are excited that Jeff will be joining our community and for the leadership and enthusiasm he will bring as CARE begins unrolling some new services for our friends and neighbors in Tillamook County.” As announced in May, CARE is working to increase the number of shelter beds and shelter options available to the residents of Tillamook County who are experiencing homelessness.

                      “One of the great assets that Jeff brings to CARE is his experience working in rural and coastal communities like ours,” explains Linnell, “and not only does he understand communities like ours, but he is also skilled in finding creative and collaborative solutions to some really challenging problems like housing and homelessness. Jeff is exactly who we need, and I am thrilled for what he will do for us in Tillamook County”.

Meet Jeff Blackford

Executive Director 

Hi I'm Jeff , whether it is housing, mental health, addiction, equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, equal rights, and social justice. I fight for everyone.  As an accomplished and growth-focused executive with extensive experience in planning and managing events my goal is to improve outcomes in our community.

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CARE30: 30 Years of Impact

Watch the CARE 30 event:

Program starts at 30:04

Board of Directors

Dusti Linell, Chair

Tom Jayred, Vice-Chair

Lisa Phipps, Secretary

Anita Johansen

Frank Hanna-Williams

Emilie Sisco

Andrea Goss

Matt Petty

Nicole Vertner

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