Neighborhood House Association Celebrates 110 Years of Serving San Diego

Pictured (L-R) Front Row Henry Foster, San Diego City Council District 4, Todd Gloria, Mayor, Meisha Sherman (Chair), Rudy Johnson, President and CEO and Chief Tamika Nelson, County Chief Probation Officer.  (L-R) Back Row: NHA Board Members – Scott Herber, Cynthia Austin, Kyra Seay, Sarah Pretanvil, Caryl Hilliard, Chris Grassa, and Dr. Gail Cole-Avent. 

On Wednesday, March 20, 2024, Neighborhood House Association (NHA), celebrated 110 years of serving San Diego at a kick-off celebration held at the historic Marston House museum, home of NHA co-founders Helen and Mary Marston.

The event, marked the beginning of NHA’s year-long celebration honoring over a century of service to the San Diego community. With a rich legacy of empowering individuals and families, NHA continues to make a positive impact on the lives of those served.

At the kickoff event, attendees had the opportunity to experience a showcase of NHA’s history, ongoing initiatives, and future vision. In attendance were distinguished guests, elected officials, community leaders, and supporters that joined in for the momentous occasion.

Esteemed guests enjoyed a reception in the garden, featuring music from Harp Peace by Maia. The reception was followed by a program that featured presentations from Mayor Todd Gloria, and representatives from the offices of Assemblymember Chris Ward and Assemblymember Akilah Weber.

Maria Garcia, author and historian, and Bruce Coons, Executive Director of the San Our Heritage Organisation, received special commemorative awards to mark NHA’s historic celebration. Guests also included Yvonne Carey, widow of former NHA President and CEO, Dr. Howard Carey, who served the agency for over 30 years.

The celebration concluded with networking and heavy hors d’oeuvres, provided by NHA’s Nutrition Services program. 

About NHA:

For 110 years, NHA has been a cornerstone in the San Diego, serving, supporting, and advocating for the San Diego community through historic periods of need. Throughout the years, NHA has grown to become one of the largest nonprofit social service agencies in San Diego County, with over 25 programs that range from early childhood development to mental health services, to senior services, and more. From its beginnings as a vital resource for immigrants during the settlement house movement, to the robust and multifaceted organization it is today, NHA has been and will continue to be a neighbor the San Diego community can count on. For more information, visit 

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