The Evolution of El Programa Hispano Católico (EPHC)
“It [EPH] started with one person working out of a car.”
– 1991 ©The Oregonian
In 1982, Catholic Family Services, one of the agencies that later merged to become Catholic Charities, hired a single outreach worker to help support and empower Latino farm-workers. This was the beginning of El Programa Hispano (EPH). The work expanded as the years went by, and saw Catholic Charities helping the estimated 200,000+ immigrant Oregonians who qualified for amnesty under Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.