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Community Agencies to Hold Open House

Hoping to show off their good works and familiarize residents with their programs, 19 Thousand Oaks-based social services organizations will open their doors to the public June 14.

The agencies, which offer assistance ranging from legal advice for the poor to therapy for troubled teens, are housed in the Human Services Center on Hillcrest Drive.

Community Conscience, Under One Roof--the nonprofit group that runs the center--has provided rent-free office space for social services groups since 1988. Several government agencies also housed in the building pay market value rent.

Community Conscience was formed to help other nonprofit groups survive government cuts in spending.

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The group raised money to house the community’s social services under one roof at no cost free but is still fund-raising to pay off the building’s mortgage.

The Thousand Oaks City Council has pledged to assist in that effort. After approving $275,000 in annual block grant funds to support the group, the council Tuesday night directed city staff members to investigate ways to help retire the remaining $664,000 mortgage.

The open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m at the center at 80 E. Hillcrest Drive.


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