Established in 1978, Great Northern Services (GNS) embarked on its journey with a singular mission and humble beginnings. Since then, the organization has undergone a remarkable transformation, growing from a solitary employee and a modest grant into a thriving entity comprising more than 30 dedicated professionals.
GNS takes pride in its esteemed staff, each excelling in their respective fields and earning recognition not only locally but also at the state and national levels. With an in-depth understanding of the unique challenges faced by the community, these professionals offer tailored solutions and steady support to individuals in need.
GNS has, throughout its history, showcased constant dedication to the community by managing an array of extensive programs touching the lives of hundreds of thousands. These undertakings span a spectrum of essential areas, from home energy assistance and home weatherization to senior nutrition services and emergency food assistance. With a proactive and caring approach, the organization has touched the lives of countless individuals, ensuring that fundamental needs are met, and vital services are delivered.
Furthermore, GNS plays a pivotal role in administering Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for local jurisdictions that have been fortunate recipients of such awards. Over the years, GNS has collaborated with various cities, including Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta, Weed, Dorris, Fort Jones, Etna, Yreka, Tulelake, Montague, as well as Siskiyou County, to complete projects of enduring impact. This has included facilitating economic development through securing substantial loans for local businesses, thus creating numerous job opportunities. The organization has also been instrumental in supporting housing rehabilitation efforts, channeling significant funds into rejuvenating homes in many communities. GNS’s role extends beyond this, as they have provided crucial support in grant-writing and the management of projects aimed at enhancing critical infrastructure, such as water and sewer systems, and other essential public services elevating the living standards for communities across Siskiyou County.
Even in the face of adversity, as seen during the devastating 2014 Boles Fire in Weed, GNS demonstrated remarkable resilience. Swiftly relocating its operations and resuming its needed programs within days of losing their offices, the organization showcased its adaptability and unconditional dedication to the community’s well-being.
Great Northern Services stands as a beacon of hope, embodying the spirit of community service through its support, adaptability, and resilience. Its legacy transcends mere numbers and programs, finding its deepest resonance in the countless lives it has transformed and the communities it has lifted up. GNS has etched an indelible mark that will endure through time as a testament to the enduring power of community care and commitment.