About Us

Mano a Mano Family Center was established in 1988 in Salem, Oregon’s capital city.  Our mission is to help our clients become self-sufficient and empowered.  Each year we reach about 2,000 families, from Marion and Polk counties, who self-identify as having low income, or being people of color or immigrants.  Mano a Mano is the oldest Latino-led community organization in the greater Salem area.

We support the community through access to basic resources with our Resource Navigation Program.  We promote youth development and academic success through our Youth Empowerment Program and the L.U.S. Youth Organization.  We support immigrant integration through our Pathways to Citizenship Program.  We support civic engagement through our Leadership Development Program.

We operate two community food banks, and three community resource centers in East Salem, in partnership with several community allies such as Farmworker Housing Development Corporation, Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality, Catholic Community Services, Salem Leadership Foundation, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and the Fostering Hope Initiative.

Mano a Mano’s staff has personal experience with issues such as poverty, being immigrants, discrimination, etc.  We are committed to helping our community on their path to self-sufficiency and empowerment.