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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Homeless & Housing, Housing Expense Reduction Support, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: NHNC is a 501(c) 3 community-based nonprofit agency supporting the fundamental belief that every person has a right to adequate food, shelter, clothing and health care.  We help low-income families overcome their immediate crises and achieve long-term self-sufficiency.  NHNC provides comprehensive family support services at our resource center.  Founded in 1972, the Center now assists more than 3,500 at-risk individuals each year. 

Results: Each year because of the services of the Novato Human Needs Center, more than 1,500 families avoid homelessness, an empty pantry, and assist them in getting critical services such as medical care, translation and other vital support.  We provide 8,000 rides to seniors and disabled adults allowing them to access health and human services, medical appointments, and shopping trips.  More than 250 people who are out of work or underemployed find new or improved positions and assist them in staying off of welfare.

Target demographics: The Novato Human Needs Center serves low-income families and individuals who are striving toward self-sufficiency.  Our clients include seniors, immigrants, disabled persons, families and individuals who are in need.

Direct beneficiaries per year: The Center now assists more than 4,000 at-risk individuals each year.

Geographic areas served: Novato, California and Marin County

Programs: Community Services provides case management, emergency food, clothing, rental assistance and small loans, along with counseling, information and referral. Legal services and financial management assistance are available. Holiday Share provides food and gifts to families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Latino Outreach provides interpreting, translation, advocacy, and community cultural events for Latino families. Employment Services provides job-counseling, skills assessment, workshops in job search skills, job placement, and English as a Second Language Classes. Transportation Services provides door-to-door transportation to senior citizens and disabled Novato residents to medical appointments, as well as social services and business appointments. More than 10,000 passenger trips are provided each year. Second Center Thrift Shop provides clothing and household goods to clients of the Center. Revenues from sales support the Center's service programs.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

For 36 years Novato Human Needs Center has been a way for Novato residents to help their neighbors. It has grown from gifting for a happy holiday to adding programs that help people and families achieve self-sufficiency.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came to Novato Human Needs Center looking for some information because I was new to Novato and also needed to find ESL classes. The staff was really helpful and nice.

11

Board Member

Rating: 5

Novato Human Needs Center is a nonprofit with stability, consistency and a greatly dedicated staff. I have volunteered for the Center for the past three years as a Board Member and I have been more impressed every time I have walked in through the doors to see the staff at work. Everyone is a true professional and really want to help serve their clients well. The staff, from the van drivers, the social workers, are extremely compassionate.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with the Center a couple of years ago. It is a great place for the community to come together to help others who need a helping hand. The staff are wonderful people, compassionate and professional. I enjoy Children's Shopping Day because we are able to make kids really happy by meet and talk to Santa and pick out small gifts for their caregivers.