Community Services Consortium

Serving Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties in Oregon. Helping people. Changing lives.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Upcoming Second Chance Classes in January

“Second Chance” is for those who are having difficulty finding stable housing because of bad credit or a poor rental history. Even if things are better now, it can be hard to get away from a past eviction or because of property damage that you couldn’t fix.

Consisting of six classes taught by qualified instructors from the community, Second Chance gives you the opportunity to learn about landlord-tenant issues, conflict resolution, energy education, money management, goal setting, and the characteristics of a good tenant.

This education program prepares you for the responsibilities of renting and gives you the skills necessary to be the kind of tenant your landlord will hate to lose!

Second Chance prepares you to approach landlords with confidence and encourages landlords to view prospective tenants with a more open mind.

Topics covered include How to be a Good Tenant, Landlord/Tenant Issues, Energy Education, Conflict Resolution, Goal Setting, and Basic Budgeting. Those who successfully complete all six sessions of the class will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Letter of Recommendation to attach to future rental applications.

Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information about Second Chance, visit CSC’s website at or contact Cindy Pratt-DeMarzo at 541-758-2632 for Linn and Benton counties, and Kacy Jensen at 541-574-2281 in Lincoln County.


Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm at 250 SW Broadalbin St. (upstairs) in Albany. Registration deadline is Monday, January 19.
  • Monday, January 26th
  • Wednesday, January 28th
  • Monday, February 2nd
  • Wednesday, February 4th
  • Monday, February 9th
  • Wednesday, February 11th

Gifts of Happiness and Hope!

The Giving Season is here, and Community Services Consortium’s (CSC) gift catalog makes it easy to give a gift that will help local families this holiday season and any season. The Giving Season Catalog ( allows you to make a gift in your name or on behalf of a loved one.

Every gift makes a difference to a local family living in poverty, hunger, and homelessness, as well as giving people hope for tomorrow through education and job training. Donations support Linn Benton Food Share, Head Start of Lincoln County, Community Housing Services, Utility Assistance, CSC Youth Garden, CSC YouthBuild, Career Tech Charter School and CSC’s other education and job training programs.

CSC’s socially conscious gifts offer a specific impact in a wide range of amounts, such as supplying the Youth Garden crew with tools for $25, keeping the lights and heat on for a family for $50, or providing housing for someone in need for $100. You can also choose the option to give any amount to the highest need, or to the program of your choice.

For gifts made on behalf of a loved one, CSC will send a hand-written holiday card letting the recipient know about the gift in their name. All gift givers will receive a donation receipt for their tax-deductible gift.

“We so appreciate the generosity of our local community,” said CSC Community Relations Director Diana Teem. “Your gifts bring smiles, light and warmth into the lives of people struggling with poverty in your own community. Thank you for making a real difference, and happy holidays from all of us at Community Services Consortium!”

Community Services Consortium (CSC) is the Community Action Agency serving Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties with housing, nutrition, economic stability, and educational assistance programs since 1980.

To support any of CSC’s poverty-fighting programs and services, visit our website at Donations may be made through our website or mailed to our main office: Community Services Consortium, 245 Broadalbin Street, Suite 2A, Albany, OR 97321.

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