Stronger Together! Novato Youth Center and Novato Human Needs Center are Merging
Two community-based nonprofit organizations in Novato are joining forces and merging into one organization on January 1, 2018. The Novato Youth Center (NYC) and Novato Human Needs Center (NHNC) are long-standing nonprofits that have served the community for over 40 years each and jointly serve over 5,500 individuals annually. They have a long history of collaborating to provide human services to children, youth, adults and families. “As a merged organization, we will offer a multi-generational continuum of services for infants through seniors with enhanced benefits for our community,” reports Cheryl Paddack, Executive Director of the Novato Youth Center, who will serve as the CEO for the merged organization of 60 staff and 300 volunteers. Beginning January 1st, the merged organization will be renamed North Marin Community Services (NMCS), the mission of which will be to empower youth, adults and families in our diverse community to achieve well-being, growth and success.
“After a yearlong exploration process, we have determined we can be more effective serving Novato’s residents by working together,” states Michael Domer, NYC Board President, who will transition into the role of Board President for the merged organization. In August of 2017, both Boards of Directors unanimously voted on the intent to merge the two organizations.
The three locations will continue to offer services and programs, with 680 Wilson Avenue serving as the headquarters and core location for childcare and family counseling. The facility at 1907 Novato Boulevard will focus on adults, seniors and case management services, including the food pantry. The Novato Teen Clinic will continue to be offered Mondays at Marin Community Clinics, 6090 Redwood Boulevard. All current programming will remain in place.
David Short, NHNC Board President, shares, “Staff are working hard to streamline operations to deliver services to those in-need in the most effective way. We would like to thank Deanna Euritt, NHNC Executive Director, for her 11 years of service as she moves into an integration consulting role to support the transition.”
Supervisor Judy Arnold states, “The County of Marin is grateful to both of these organizations for providing the services that have empowered thousands of underserved youth, families and individuals. We fully support this merger and believe those served will continue to receive the stepping-stone support they need for healthier and more successful lives.”
“As we enter the holiday season, we express gratitude to all of our supporters for their donations to the annual Holiday Share and Toy Drive,” expresses Euritt. This year over 325 children and 140 families will receive the benefit of the holiday season because of the generosity of so many. For more information or to make a year-end tax-deductible contribution to support the mission, visit www.northmarincs.org.