Special Needs

Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP)

The Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) is a non-government, non-profit organization which provides comprehensive social services to people in need. CAP's services include:

 HELP Warehouse – Food Banks

 Energy and Housing Services

 Meals on Wheels

 Employment and Training

 CAP Transportation

 Homeless Services

 Career & Family Development Program

 Financial Independence



Volunteer Chore Services - Catholic Community Services Family Center

Volunteer Chore Services is committed to helping elders and adults with disabilities remain independent in their own homes through a network of caring community members. Services provided include:  Housework, Cooking, Laundry, Communications,Shopping/errands, Household Repairs, Transportation, Monitoring, Yard Work, Wood Provision, Respite, Some kinds of Personal Care, Minor Home Repair, Protective Supervision, Moving Assistance


S.L. Start and Associates, Inc.

Offers the following services to individuals interested in entering or re-entering the workforce. They provide comprehensive services including assessment, job placement, and on-the-job support. They assist employers in competently supporting employees with disabilities. They also work to teach people the skills they need to get and keep jobs on their own. Services offered: Brief Vocational Assessment; Situational Assessment; Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation; Job Placement; Job Coaching; General Job Placement and Retention; Specialized Job Placement


Home Care Equipment Bank - Lower Columbia Community Action Council (CAP)

Services Provided: Walkers, wheelchairs, bathing chairs, and other home care equipment are available for loan. No fees. Call 360-425-3430 and ask for Home Care Equipment Bank.  Equipment is returned to CAP when there is no further use for it. CAP welcomes the donations of used equipment and money to replace equipment items.


Goodwill Work Opportunity Center of Cowlitz County

Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Job Placement and Retention Services, including Job Coaching if needed. Potential clients would apply for vocational services through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and once accepted would request that the Work Opportunity Center of Cowlitz County be their employment vendor. Staff is fluent in ASL.

Individual Supported Employment. Long term job retention services for individuals with Developmental Disabilities, including Job Coaching. Referral is made by the Division of Developmental Disabilities.


Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - Department of Social and Health Services

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) provides employment services and counseling to individuals with disabilities who want to work but experience barriers to work because of a physical, sensory, and/or mental disability. A DVR counselor works with each person to develop a customized plan of services designed to help them reach their employment goal. DVR assistance may include, but is not limited to the following: Counseling and Guidance; Assessment Services; Independent Living Services; Assistive Technology Services; Training and Education; Job-related Services


Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) - Department of Social and Health Services

The DDD assists individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to obtain services and support based on individual preference, capabilities and needs, and which promote everyday activities, routines and relationships common to most citizens. There are no fees.

A determination of eligibility is a determination that a person meets the definition of a developmental disability as defined in Washington State law. An individual must meet the eligibility definition to become a DDD client. DDD services are dependent on availability of funding and/or eligibility for the specific services. Service eligibility will be determined after an assessment is completed. Access to Medicaid State Plan services and Home and Community Based Waiver services are not limited by availability of funding.

For more information on available services, contact us. Participation in all DDD services is voluntary.