North Valley Caring Services responds quickly to the changing needs of the hard working families that live in North Hills. To that end, the mission of NVCS is to empower neighborhood residents to build a vision of their community's future and actively engage in solving local problems. Our multifaceted approach promotes self-sufficient individuals and bonded families that learn, grow and work together.
Our programs and services are designed to meet the following goals:
- Enable disadvantaged children and youth to develop physical health and positive self esteem, complete their education, participate in wholesome activities, and transition into stable, thriving adults;
- Ensure parents are able to provide a safe and healthy home environment for their children; and
- Help homeless and low income neighbors achieve health and alleviate hunger.
North Valley Caring Services began as an outgrowth of the Sepulveda United Methodist Church and has been serving the North Hills area for over 35 years. Originally organized as a breakfast kitchen for the area's homeless population, NVCS continues to serve all disadvantaged residents via its Breakfast Program and Food Pantry. Expanding our services in 1992, the NVCS campus became a Shalom Zone to advocate, mediate and counsel residents caught in the uproar of the Los Angeles riots. Since then, we have continued to evolve, mature and improve, becoming a 501c.3 organization in 1995. From its humble beginnings as a soup kitchen, the agency has grown to offer an array of programs that help individuals and families succeed in life. Today we are proud to provide a comprehensive Family Literacy Program including Adult ESL Courses, Early Childhood Education, and Parenting Classes; a Youth Program and a Workforce Development program. In addition to these larger programs, NVCS has added further services in response to community requirements, including the Holiday Toy Give-Away, the Thanksgiving Meal, Health Screenings and Referral Services.