VNR is operated by California State University Northridge (CSUN) in partnership with MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity). CSUN is the largest institution of higher education in the San Fernando Valley, with more than 40,000 students and more than 4,000 faculty and staff on its 356-acre campus. VNR is part CSUN's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, which includes the Center for Southern California Studies, and departments of Anthropology, Geography, History, Pan African Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban Studies & Planning. To learn more, go to CSUN College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
MEND is a volunteer-driven organization based in Pacoima, CA that provides services to meet the basic human needs of individuals who reside in the northeast San Fernando Valley. In operation since the early 1970s, MEND provides emergency food, clothing, medical, vision and dental care, job skills training and job placement assistance, English as a Second Language classes, youth activities, and a Christmas program. MEND serves more than 456,000 people each year. Services are provided in a manner that safeguards the dignity of all recipients, while promoting self-reliance. For additional information about MEND and its programs:www.mendpoverty.org.
VNR was originally created and operated by the nonprofit Human Interaction Research Institute (HIRI), which operated from 1961-2014. More information is available at http://www.csun.edu/human-interaction-research-institute).