The founder of the Vancouver nonprofit says she has healed her community at the heart of Odyssey World
Morrison keeps wanting to know what’s being done? Sometimes people turn that question on them and ask: After 16 years at Odyssey World, what have you been doing?
“What haven’t we done?” Morrison replies. “We marched, we rallied for every injustice. We’re out there.”
In addition to its youth organizations and peer support groups, Odyssey World has provided food and supplies directly to homeless communities, assisted black families with COVID-19 rental assistance applications, undertaken global missions to Kenya, Tanzania and Haiti, and addressed the nationwide missing and murder crisis Indigenous peoples, initiated a Portland State University study to examine the impact of COVID-19 on Clark County’s black families and more.
Odyssey World has also hosted events for LGBTQ, blind, deaf, Hispanic, Ukrainian, immigrant and refugee communities.
Above all, Morrison hopes to spread kindness through what Odyssey World calls “CARE,” which stands for Collaboration, Advocacy, Resource Referrals, and Education. She serves communities with “care” by inviting all to the table—particularly those personally affected by injustice.
“I want to see something done. Even if it’s something small,” she said. “That one little thing might be the one thing people need to make it happen.”