Announcing: North Marin Community Services!
We believe all children, adults and families need support to be successful.
Our vision is a strong and healthy community with opportunities for all. Our mission is to empower people of all ages in our diverse community to achieve success – at home, at school, at work and in our community.
Novato Youth Center and Novato Human Needs Center Became Stronger Together January 1, 2018
After a year of discussions and planning, governing Boards of both sister organizations voted unanimously to officially merge together on January 1, 2018 after more than four decades of both agencies serving the Novato community. Now stronger together as North Marin Community Services (NMCS), we are serving more than 6,000 people annually through an array of services delivered by more than 60 highly qualified staff and 400 dedicated volunteers at our two locations.
Success Starts Here for All Ages
Together, we are providing educational, enrichment and support services at our two facilities in Novato. Families can utilize our childcare; after-school educational and enrichment programs; and family counseling service at our building located at 680 Wilson Avenue. At our other facility located at 1907 Novato Boulevard, low-income adults, parents, immigrants and seniors can access our emergency food pantry, temporary rental assistance program; job-seeking, financial planning and immigration services; and one-to-one guidance from our case manager/advocates to help link people to essential community services.
In the community, youth can access behavioral and reproductive health services at the Novato Teen Clinic (6090 Redwood Blvd.), and in various locations volunteer Promotores conduct outreach and education, and provide peer support, to Novato’s Spanish-speaking community.
Novato Youth Center History
In 1966, the Novato Youth Center began as a dream. Our founding families hoped to someday create a safe and nurturing place for Novato’s youth. A decade later, after lots of community organizing, the doors to our new facility opened and was first called the Novato Boys Club. Our Center evolved and grew through several name changes and building expansions and additions to become the Novato Youth Center, a nonprofit organization offering a wide range of educational and enrichment activities to support the healthy development of youth and their families. Our Center grew from serving 250 children in our first afterschool program to now reaching more than 2,700 youth and families annually.
Novato Human Needs Center History
The Novato Human Needs Center was founded in 1972 when three people, a single mom, local pastor and small business owner, wanted to help brighten the holidays for their neighbors who were less fortunate. Volunteers first worked out of a garage collecting holiday gifts and food. Shortly after this first holiday share, the first paid
staff and volunteers moved offices to an older house on South Novato Blvd. paying the City of Novato annual rent of one dollar. In 1985 following a successful local community-wide fundraising campaign and completion of construction, the new resource Center was opened at 1907 Novato Blvd. NHNC grew from assisting 50 families to more than 3,000 of Novato’s low-income children, adults and seniors, providing a full array of critical basic services.