MASON CITY, Iowa – Two organizations that help people with mental and physical disabilities are merging.
The boards of directors of NIVC Services and North Iowa Transition Center announced their decision Monday night, voting to move forward with consolidation and extend the executive director management agreement through December 30, 2018, to formalize the merger.
“This merger is about enhancing the stability and missions of both organizations. We will bring the strengths of our experienced staff members with us,” says Sherry O. Becker, Executive Director, “and continue enhancing the lives of north central Iowans.”
Becker adds that staff members and clients are excited for the merger.
"We think there's going to be a lot of synergy in combining residential and supported community living with employment. Those are things that give us all satisfaction with our lives, and we want those for the people with disabilities that we serve."
Becker adds that the combined staff will add close to 100 people, as well as over 90 years of combined experience between the two organizations.
Both agencies say current programs and services will continue.
"Our organizations serve people with significant mental, physical and emotional challenges,” says Dee Bailey, NITC Business Manager. “Together, we can continue to effectively support these individuals and help them become more self-sufficient.”