"What this really does is, we will now have a group of services that really go from birth until the later golden years for people," said Mark Green, the executive director at WHCA, "Which will be a very comprehensive approach to the whole family."
It's always been hard for people needing services to navigate the complex system and know where to go to find them. The two organizations will now be able help families of all ages achieve self -sufficiency and a better quality of life with a kind of one stop shopping for services.
"People are really coming together good. The personalities are jiving good," said Green, "There's a lot of enthusiasm. But there has been some challenges and I am sure there are some challenges that we haven't figured out."
The decision to merge came after the former executive director of CFO moved to another state, allowing two organizations that have a passion to serve its community to come together. But according to Green, this has been talked about for years. The merger was finally able to move forward last fall.
"(It) really is about bringing two programs together that have always worked together and should really be together," he said.
The two organizations are expected to fully merge come October of this year, which is bringing 200 employees and over 600 volunteers together to tackle poverty in Hancock and Washington counties. They are looking to have a new name by July.