About Us

Our Purpose:

Founded in 1971 the MLK Jr Family Outreach @ ECCC houses a number of resources for East Central Spokane. Community partners housed in the “Center” include SNAP, W.I.C, and CCS Headstart. We foster developing stronger families through innovative parent education programs for on-site and in-home visitation throughout Spokane. We also house a state-funded ECEAP preschool program that is free to income-eligible families.

The MLK Jr Family Outreach at ECCC offers childcare support for working families by providing quality and affordable after-school and summer programs for children, youth and teens. These programs foster youth development and job skills by promoting leadership and delivering relationship-based family support services that honor and respect cultural diversity. Here at the “Center” we encourage community involvement by providing individual and corporate volunteer opportunities as well as active-donor membership. We remain committed to recruiting and maintaining a culturally and ethnically diverse staff and volunteers that promote and maintain the values of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Company Overview:

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center is a non-profit, community-based social service agency located in East Central Spokane, one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Spokane County. In the framework of Dr. King’s vision of equal respect, treatment, and accessibility for all people, the Center has provided culturally responsive education, enrichment and family support services to children and parents throughout Spokane County since 1970. Today, the Center is a regionally recognized community leader in providing research-based best practice services that ensure school success and healthy families, while maintaining a strong neighborhood base to help build the East Central community.

The Center:

Provides an East Central Spokane resource center and playground for neighborhood families Fosters strong families through innovative parent education programs on site and in home visitation throughout the greater Spokane area Provides state funded ECEAP preschool program free to income eligible families Offers childcare support for working families by providing quality, affordable after school and summer programs for children, youth and teens Fosters youth development and job skills through teen leadership programs Delivers relationship-based family support services from the context of honoring cultural diversity Encourages community involvement by providing individual and corporate volunteer opportunities and active donor membership Recruits and maintains culturally and ethnically diverse staff and volunteers to promote the values of Dr. King.

Our History:

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center began in Spokane over 30 years ago as a community response to a community need.

In the summer of 1970, the Bethel AME Church of Spokane held a summer camp for forty-two economically disadvantaged youth. By the end of the weekend, the organizers knew Spokane needed a year-round program to support youth development. A grassroots committee came together from diverse ethnic backgrounds, creating the Southeast Spokane Youth Center, later to become the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center.

During its first 10 years, the Center focused on providing recreation, education and cultural programs for low income children and youth. Over the next two decades, the Center continually expanded its scope of programming, adding integrated family services to provide support for children and families within the context of honoring cultural diversity and fostering community relationships.

Today, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center is a regionally recognized community social service center providing comprehensive education, social services and cultural enrichment programs for children and families.

Continuing the work of its original founders, the Center remains responsive to community needs. Living out the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Center continues to pave the way for a more equitable future by encouraging families to take responsibility for their success – preparing children to succeed in school and life, providing leadership opportunities for youth, celebrating cultural diversity in Spokane, and fostering meaningful connections between community members from all walks of life.