About The Organization

El Programa Hispano Catolico (EPHC) has been a living, breathing member of the Tri-County Latino community for more than 35 years.  Originally begun as a small, culturally specific program inside of Catholic Charities of Oregon in 1982, when the Latino community made up just 2.5% of the area population, EPHC has recently evolved into a stand-alone 501c3 with over 60 bilingual/bicultural staff members, an independent and majority-Latino Board of Directors and more than 20 different culturally specific programs that address the unique needs of our community.

The mission of El Programa Hispano Catolico is three-fold: to increase access to autonomy and self-determination for the Latino community, to provide support to community members as they identify and define their own empowerment, and to promote understanding of the enormous diversity within our Latino community.  In order to meet this mission, EPHC engages in five strategic priorities that align with the unique needs of and barriers experienced by the Latino community. These priorities are: economic stability, housing, health, education and sexual and domestic violence services.  Our five priorities are realized through a wide-reaching service portfolio that seeks to address the stark reality of inequity by directly affecting social change through the utilization of Latino-specific prevention and intervention strategies.

Because of the deep complexity of marginalization and oppression experienced by the Latino community, EPHC provides services that acknowledge the unique barriers our communities face, while simultaneously recognizing and leveraging our many strengths as we move toward stabilization and community defined empowerment.

Proyecto UNICA, the domestic and sexual violence branch of EPHC was developed in direct response to needs identified by the Latino community.  Proyecto UNICA’s goal is to provide support, advocacy, and opportunity for self-empowerment, enabling survivors to exercise free and informed life choices.  Founded in 1992 in response to high community demand for culturally and linguistically specific domestic and sexual violence services, Proyecto UNICA serves 1,500 survivors every year.  It is a program with a robust service portfolio including but not limited to crisis intervention and urgent response, support groups, mental health services, child and family services, out-stationed services, sexual assault services and primary prevention programming.