Metrocrest Social Services and Senior Adult Services, two local nonprofit agencies, have announced their merger.
The merger was announced June 6 by Tracy Eubanks, Chief Executive Officer of Metrocrest Social Services, and Mary Joiner, Executive Director of Senior Adult Services.
“Our decision to merge the agencies creates momentum and is expected to provide opportunities to strengthen services, add new programs, streamline operations and ultimately provide an even higher level of support to the community,” said Eubanks.
Metrocrest Social Services provides emergency aid to area residents, including rent, utilities, food, assistance with employment and financial education. Senior Adult Services provides older adults with home-delivered meals, home repairs, transportation and independent living support. Both organizations are 501(c)(3) nonprofits that serve residents in the Metrocrest area.
The two agencies spent nearly a year analyzing the feasibility of joining efforts with each other to provide aid and support services before the plan was approved by each organizations Board of Directors on June 5.
“Our agencies already work together to get people the help they need, and we both champion the independence of individuals,” said Joiner. “The community will be the winner and I look forward to working with Tracy to accomplish great things for residents in need.”
A joint committee representing both Boards was established in 2012 to conduct a formal negotiations process to explore the merger. More than fifty community leaders and residents were interviewed during the initial information gathering phase of the process.
The merger will not initially alter either agency’s mission or result in changes to existing services, though opportunities to more effectively respond to social service needs are expected.
“The Town of Addison has a tremendous amount of admiration for these two wonderful organizations and we congratulate both for working in a collaborative, diligent fashion to create an even more effective community entity,” said Addison Mayor Todd Meier. “We have no doubt that together they will continue to demonstrate the kindness, respect, and compassion for their clients that we see each and every day. This is a merger of equals that will greatly benefit everyone in our communities.”
Eubanks became the Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed organization on August 1, 2013, when the agencies were legally merged.