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Novato's Unhoused Story

Even though shelter in place has been lifted, the long-term economic impact of the pandemic on low-income and vulnerable populations remains. Evidence is visible in our community. Lacking financial reserves, many people are in overwhelming debt from sustained months of unemployment and underemployment. Stable housing is paramount to individuals’ safety, mental and physical health and their ability to re-enter the workforce.

Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in the number of un-housed individuals and families accessing our services. This increase is mirrored in data collected by 
Marin County Public Health’s vehicle count, which recently reported that the number of people living in cars and recreational vehicles has nearly doubled (to 486 people) since 2019.

We are deepening our work in this area and welcome your support.
Support NMCS today.
Families and individuals experiencing homelessness are immediately connected to one of our experienced case managers who access the county’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to ensure immediate care and avoid redundancy of services with community partners.

Our expanded case management team addresses the major factors that cause homelessness by providing emergency rental assistance, mental health services, employment and other counseling services to those in need. Our goal is to stabilize families and individuals in crisis and prevent them from experiencing homelessness.

Feel free to contact us to learn more!
Celebrating Juneteenth!

In honor of the day, our preschoolers read Juneteenth books together and made their own Juneteenth and Pan-African flags. We discussed how African American people were forced to work all day as slaves. On June 19, 1865, enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free. On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth became the 11th holiday recognized by our federal government.
Congratulations 2021 Preschool and Playgroup Graduates!

Early Childhood Education Assistant Manager, Michelle Keane, shared these words at last week’s preschool graduation: “This group has left an imprint on our hearts that will not be forgotten. We have laughed with you, cried with you and have amazing memories that we will continue to cherish. You have become empathetic, resilient, caring and adaptable problem-solvers. We are so proud of you!” 

The NMCS Early Childhood Development Program has earned Marin Quality Counts Consortia's Mastering High Quality Standards for the past three years.
Now Enrolling for Summer and Fall

Teens: Become a Peer Health Promotor (PHP)

Are you passionate about peer education and advocacy? Are you interested in becoming a doctor, nurse, social worker or community health educator? Then you likely have the makings of a great Peer Health Promoter! No experience is necessary. To learn more or submit your application, email us.

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month

We are proud to lift up Pride in Novato and throughout the walls of NMCS every day of the year. For the first time ever the City of Novato is flying the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Pride Flag for June! A celebration will be held at noon on June 26th at Novato City Hall. Learn more about other pride events here.

Visitors Welcome

We are excited to announce that visitors are now welcome at both of our buildings.

A health screening is required for non-vaccinated visitors, and anyone with symptoms will be offered assistance via telephone.

We're Hiring

Do you love reading about the different ways we make a lasting change in our community? Check out our Career Opportunities and find out how you can join a team providing trauma-informed, integrated and culturally appropriate services to those in need.

We are currently hiring a Childcare Teacher, a Bilingual Mental Health Clinician and a Clinical Supervisor. Interested? Contact Alaine Kalder (, 415-892-1643 x 224).

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Our Mission - 
We empower youth, adults and families in our diverse community to achieve well-being, growth and success.

Our Vision -
A strong community with opportunities for all.

Our Clients & Services

We are a comprehensive human service nonprofit organization which provides educational, enrichment and support services to residents in North Marin, CA. Annually 8,380 youth, adults, seniors and families receive support, with an emphasis on serving those in need. People can access services through the initial door they came though, whether it be our weekly Food Pantry, Rental Assistance, Childcare, Counseling, Case Management or Promotores.  Learn more about our programs and services. Read our 2019-2020 Annual Report.
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North Marin Community Services
680 Wilson Ave
Novato, CA 94947

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