Neighborhood House Association History
To enrich lives through a continuum of education and wellness services.
Healthy and educated communities–where dreams become reality.
Consistently delivering exceptional service that demonstrate “I CARE.”
Honesty in words and action; Transparent and responsible stewardship
Treating all with dignity and respect
Noticing and considering the needs of others, the agency, and community
Engaging in positive action to support meeting needs
Delivering optimal quality service and products with professionalism, effectiveness, and compassion
Neighborhood House Association (NHA) was established in 1914 as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. NHA began as a settlement house that assisted immigrants transitioning into the San Diego Community. Over 100 years later, the agency has become one of the largest nonprofits in San Diego County, and has distinguished itself as a cutting-edge comprehensive human service provider.
NHA Over the Years
Neighborhood House Association celebrates a legacy of 100 years of service to changing the quality of life for those in need. In 1914, Helen and Mary Marston opened the Neighborhood House in San Diego. The Neighborhood House was part of a national movement known as the “settlement house movement” that was pioneered by Jane Adams throughout the late 1800’s. The original mission of settlement houses and the Neighborhood House was to assist immigrants with a variety of services and resources needed to transition into a new life in America. Since opening its doors, the Neighborhood House has been there to help those in need during historical periods of hardship including the Mexican Revolution in 1915, the Great Depression, and World War I and II. In 1923, the Neighborhood House was incorporated and officially became known as the Neighborhood House Association.
Over the years, the Neighborhood House Association or NHA, has provided a wide array of services geared on helping underserved individuals and communities. In the last 50 years alone, more than 3.5 million individuals have been helped through a wide array of social service programs that include food distribution, education, healthcare, employment services, youth programs and senior services
Today, NHA provides employment to over 800 team members and touches the lives of over thousands of San Diego families a year through a network of 23 programs in 125 locations.
The NHA portfolio of programs is as wide and varied as the communities we serve. Current NHA programs range from early childhood development in Head Start to an innovative nutrition program, to health programs like HIV/AIDS case management, mental health services, Adult Day Health Care services, youth services and Senior Services. At NHA we provide more than just physical or emotional support – we instill a belief of a better tomorrow through empowerment, education and wellness. With its long, rich history, its national and international recognition for its efforts, and the multifaceted programs offered, NHA has become a vital resource for the entire San Diego region.