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In the fall of 1963, a number of community leaders in Rowan County met for the purpose of discussing the possibility of securing aid from the North Carolina Fund to implement a plan to better serve the needs of our community in the area of housing, health, education, welfare and employment.

During the summer of 1964, Mr. Sterling Whitener conducted a survey of poverty conditions in Rowan County as his thesis for his Master’s Degree in Social Welfare at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. The result of this study was used to formulate the plan for the Salisbury-Rowan Community Service Council, Inc.

In August 1964, the North Carolina Fund selected the Council as one of eleven areas in the state, in which to establish an experimental anti-poverty program. The Salisbury-Rowan Community Service Council, Inc. was chartered October 1, 1964 as an agency for the purpose of attacking and dealing with poverty.

During the latter part of May 1965, the Office of Economic Opportunity officially approved the Salisbury-Rowan Community Service Council, Inc. as a Community Action Agency to operate its program with federal funds. These funds provided permanent staff for the Agency and the development of new programs. On June 20, 2007, the agency name was officially changed to the Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency, Inc.