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About Mennonite Services Northwest

MISSION
As an expression of God’s love, Mennonite Services Northwest works to improve the quality of life of elderly and vulnerable populations by providing leadership and administrative support to nonprofit organizations that serve them.

VISION
A network of nonprofit agencies offering high quality of life and care for elderly and vulnerable populations and employing compassionate, competent, and motivated staff.

VALUES

  • Hospitality
  • Community
  • Dignity and Respect
  • Care for body, mind, and spirit
  • Integrity

History

Mennonite Services Northwest was created out of Mennonite Village, an accredited, nonprofit Continuing Care Retirement Community. Mennonite Village’s executive staff has been involved in various types of consulting throughout the organization’s more than 70-year history. In 2005, Mennonite Village was approached by the board of Corvallis Caring Place to be its management partner. This management agreement reaffirmed a relationship that began when Mennonite Village consulted in the development of Corvallis Caring Place, a nonprofit, 42-unit assisted living facility. Through this experience, Mennonite Village came to realize there was a lack of nonprofit management companies to work with smaller, nonprofit organizations who serve the aging and other vulnerable groups. Mennonite Village subsequently formed Mennonite Services Northwest to fill that void. Mennonite Services Northwest has managed Oregon Mennonite Residential Services since 2005, Corvallis Caring Place since 2006, and Hope Village since 2010. In 2012, Oregon Mennonite Residential Services, Hope Village, and Mennonite Village became affiliates of Mennonite Services Northwest.

Philosophy

As a faith-based organization, Mennonite Services Northwest is committed to supporting and enhancing the aging services profession by sharing its experience and knowledge with other like-minded, not-for-profit organizations. Through its consulting and management services, Mennonite Services Northwest helps communities to thrive in an increasingly competitive business environment. The goal of Mennonite Services Northwest is to encourage the local flavor of each managed entity and provide services that will support and enhance its operations, ultimately improving life for the people served.

Senior Executives

Clifford Mars

Clifford Mars

VP of Finance & Information Services

Clifford Mars is the VP of Finance and Information Services for MSNW. He was Controller for Mennonite Village, an affiliate of MSNW, for three years prior to assuming his present position.

Mr. Mars earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Hayward, with emphasis in both accounting and computer information systems. He worked seven years with KPMG in Oakland, California, where he earned his Certified Public Accountant license. His professional career also includes working as a finance manager at an automobile manufacturer and a controller at an Internet retailer in addition to a short time owning his own business. Mr. Mars is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.