What we do
North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society is the leading community social agency that aspires to strengthen the family through healthy relationships.
North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society provides a broad range of social programs reflecting the dynamic needs of our community that strengthen, nurture and protect the healthy development of our children, youth and families.
How we started
NOYFSS was founded in 1974 by a group of concerned citizens and leaders from health, education, business and government. NOYFSS was founded to meet the needs of the children, youth and families in the North Okanagan.
The first service operated by NOYFSS was Mara House, which opened its doors in 1974. Mara House added an Intensive Support Program to assist foster parents and developed into Residential Services. In response to community needs, Community Based Services evolved to assist children, youth and families with a variety of programs. Residential Services and Community Based Services continue to evolve to reflect the ongoing commitment of NOYFSS to the needs of the people of the North Okanagan.