A COMMUNITY VISION
In 1974 a group of dedicated Nelson residents came together with a single vision: create a fairer, safer, and socially just community.
They were activists, volunteers, politicians and service providers with a common commitment to a caring, civil community.
More than four decades later the organization they created, now called Nelson CARES Society, continues to work towards that goal. We have grown into one of Nelson’s largest and most diverse non-profit organizations. We act as a catalyst for community and program development, and advocate for people living in poverty.
NCARES supports a wide variety of community programs and services including affordable rental housing; an emergency shelter; residential and employment services for adults with disabilities; legal information and victim Services.
We are funded through government, private foundations, and the generous donations of countless individual Nelson residents.
Today Nelson CARES Society provides hundreds of jobs and generates many millions of dollars in economic activity in the community. But our goal remains the same, work to build a healthy and inclusive community where respect for all individuals is an ordinary, everyday occurrence.