History of Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership

President Lyndon Johnson declared a "War on Poverty' in his first State of the Union Address in 1964.  As a result, community action agencies were created throughout the U.S. to determine local needs, organize consumer and community support, initiate services for the poor, and empower the poor to break out of the cycle of poverty. In response, Mahube Community Council, Inc. was incorporated in July, 1965 (serving Mahnomen, Hubbard and Becker Counties).  In April 2012 Mahube Community Council became Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership, Inc., serving the five-county area of Mahnomen, Hubbard, Becker-Otter Tail and Wadena Counties.

For 50 years, Mahube has worked to fight poverty and be an advocate for low income and elderly people -- promoting self-sufficiency, family stability and community revitalization.  Mahube-Otwa continues to look forward to a bright and positive future providing "Community Action" and empowering people to achieve self sufficiency.  50 Years of Community Action Booklet (PDF).

Current Programs

From 1965 to the present, the Board and staff leadership of Mahube-Otwa have focused on operating programs that address the needs of our clients and service area. To help analyze these needs, Mahube-Otwa completes a comprehensive “Community Needs Assessment” involving input from clients and community partners. In addition, Mahube-Otwa completes an internal Agency and Program Self-Assessment Report yearly. This information is used to set priorities, make decisions about the overall direction of the Agency and types of services offered, as well as evaluate progress in meeting goals and requirements established by funding sources.