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 Supportive Services, including our Breakfast Program and Food Pantry. 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.
NVCS serves families and individuals from North Hills, Panorama City, Van Nuys, and Arleta, the majority of participants live in the agency’s Langdon-Orion Street neighborhood of North Hills. These communities are some of the poorest in the San Fernando Valley; the median household income is $33,669 — which is $10,000 less than the average for Los Angeles County, and $17,000 less than the average for the San Fernando Valley. With approximately 19,000 residents in just 1.5 square miles, our neighborhood is one of the most densely populated in the county of Los Angeles. Many families consist of recent Central and Latin American immigrants who speak little or no English. For many years the neighborhood has been portrayed by police and the media as an example of poverty, neglect, violence, drug trafficking, fractured families and gang rule. The neighborhood has very high rates of substance abuse arrests, child protective services interventions, and school drop outs. Through our programs and services we touch the lives of close to 4,000 individuals each year, enabling them to better their future.
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.
- 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.
Message from the Director
For over three decades North Valley Caring Services has been helping homeless and low income individuals achieve greater stability in North Hills and surrounding San Fernando Valley communities. Together, with our family of supporters and volunteers, we provide a “hand up” not a “hand out” to those in need of support.
Parents and their young children gain valuable English literacy skills in our Family Literacy Program……students receive much needed tutoring and support in our Youth Program, a safe place off the gang-infested streets….homeless men and women receive a hot meal, a warm shower and clean clothes from our Breakfast Program…..and families help make ends meet with grocery bags from our Food Pantry. These and so many other life-changing services make a difference at NVCS on a daily basis.
Thanks to the support of foundations, organizations and individual donors, NVCS has helped thousands of individuals and families over the years. With program waiting lists and extreme poverty in the local community, there is always more for us to accomplish. Thank you for your belief in our mission and for partnering with us to make a difference one person, one family at a time.
- Our Family Literacy Program is multifaceted and designed to educate both parents and children in the literacy skills they will need to succeed in work and school. Beginning with the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Center, preschoolers learn the basics: ABCs, colors, numbers, names and shapes. While their children are engaged at the ECE Center, parents study in rigorous ESL Courses for four hours a day, five days week, whichRead more
- With a great number of working parents in the NVCS core area, the year-round After School Youth Program provides homework help and fun activities for kids and teens weekday afternoons from 1-6 pm. Grounded in youth development concepts, this program provides students with a safe environment they can call their own. Activities include homework help, supervised reading, organized sports, arts and crafts, gardening, enrichment classes, and field trips. HoldingRead more
- Our next annual event is the food pick up on Saturday May 13, 2017. We will need volunteers from 3-5 p.m. or 5-7 p.m. For more information click on this link: https://www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive To
- Last month, North Valley Caring Services (NVCS) participated for the first time as one of the official charities of the Los Angeles Marathon. We had a GREAT turnout at our booth at
- Thanksgiving Meal: As an extension of the Outreach Programs, NVCS offers a Thanksgiving Meal prepared on-site and serving approximately 250 people each year. Held the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, a memorial service is