OHRA (Options for Helping Residents of Ashland)


Options for Helping Residents of Ashland (OHRA) helps low-income people build better lives. By offering hope and access to social service resources, we encourage those in need on the path to self-sufficiency.


By helping people move from crisis to stability, OHRA builds more capable individuals, stronger families. and a better community.

About Us

Options for Helping Residents of Ashland (OHRA) is best known through its primary project, the Ashland Community Resource Center (ACRC) or “The Center.” We are the only social service provider of our kind with a physical presence in Ashland. Our board, staff, volunteers and community advisory council are committed to building a stronger Ashland by helping those among us who struggle with poverty. 

Who We Serve

Poverty has as many faces as the people who experience it. While many of the ACRC's guests are homeless, 43% of the people who sought our assistance in 2016 were housed but facing serious economic stress.

What We Do

For people who are unhoused and/or who have substantial barriers to a good quality of life, we work with partner agencies to provide access to necessities of life.

For individuals who are economically stressed but have more stable situations, we provide help finding employment, housing, and other resources.

OHRA's Values

Safety: We seek to ensure that people feel and are safe from physical, psychological or emotional harm.

Confidentiality: We treat all private communications and written records as confidential.

Respect: We treat all people including our guests, staff, volunteers, community partners, neighbors, and members of the public with respect and courtesy.

Integrity: We always operate with integrity, recognizing that our donors entrust us with their contributions; and those we help entrust us with their wellbeing.

A Positive Attitude: We are constructive and encouraging, saying "yes" to requests whenever possible, practical, and ethical.

Compassion: We always take an attitude of compassion for those with whom we interact, including guests, staff, volunteers, our neighbors, our partners, and members of the broader community we serve.

  August 2021  
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