The Nord Center: Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare Services

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NordCenter Family3_RGBOften overlooked and misunderstood, good mental health is an essential part of living a happy, healthy life. When substance abuse, mental illness and emotional issues take hold, they can have a tremendous impact on the individuals, family, friends and communities they touch.

The Nord Center is a private, non-profit agency providing comprehensive behavioral and mental health services to children, adolescents and adults in the greater Lorain County area. Services include outpatient counseling; sexual assault / rape crisis services; drug and alcohol addiction; dual diagnosis (substance abuse and mental illness); psychiatry and medication management; employment and vocational services; supportive housing as well as homelessness prevention. Also offered are culturally-specific services to bilingual and African-American consumers.

Whether looking for services for yourself, a friend, or family member, or interested in exploring employment opportunities, Nord Center looks forward to hearing from you.


NordCenter Family2_RGBThe Nord Center was founded in 1947 and was named in 1970 in honor of Walter G. Nord (1884-1967), founder of Nordson Corporation and lifelong supporter of our agency’s services and mental health initiatives designed to help all the citizens of Lorain County. Walter G. Nord came to Ohio shortly before World War I to supervise machinery for a sandstone-quarrying company, but soon became an entrepreneur. Along with his wife Virginia, Walter established a tradition of corporate and community leadership and wide-ranging philanthropy. In 1970, following his death in 1967, the Lorain County Guidance Center was renamed the Walter G. Nord Community Mental health Center. It wasn’t until 1996 that the agency officially changed its name to The Nord Center.


NordCenter Family1_RGBThe Nord Center offers assistance through the following programs and services:

  • Emergency/Crisis Program
  • Adult Services
  • Child and Adolescent Services
  • Housing Services Program
  • Residential Services
  • Sexual Assault Services
  • Vocational Services

The Nord Center provides services to approximately 6,000 people per year, including adults, adolescents and children. The Nord Center serves not only persons with serious mental illness, but also those with everyday issues, such as anxiety, depression, grief and other typical life challenges.

How You Can Help…


Providing hope and healing for those in need Funding for mental health services and substance abuse is ever more critical during these difficult economic times as the number of people who need help continues to escalate.

  • 1 in 4 adults experience mental illness each year.
  • About 9.2 million adults in the United States experience mental health and addiction disorders simultaneously.
  • 70% of youth in the justice system have at least one mental health condition, and at least 20% live with severe mental illness.
  • Adults living with mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans, largely due to treatable medical conditions.

Your gift to The Nord Center will help sustain and grow our programs and services, as well as immediately impact the lives of people we serve. It is our goal to help each and every one of our patients reach their full potential and become productive members of the community through quality, accessible, cost-effective behavioral healthcare. But we can’t do it without you. Your contribution, no matter the amount, will make a difference to someone in need. Thank you for making a tax-deductible gift to The Nord Center.

You can donate by: General Giving • Donor Wall Recognition Program • Memorial Giving • Planned Giving • Employer Matching Gifts • Gifts in Kind

Donations may be dropped off at The Nord Center’s 6140 S Broadway Lorain OH 44053 location between 8AM and 4PM Monday through Saturday. Please specify the program for which your in-kind gift is intended so we can insure it gets to the proper location. Cash donations as well as gift certificates, such as for McDonald’s, Giant Eagle, Target and Walmart, are always welcome. If writing a check, please make payable to The Nord Center. Questions? Contact Betsey Kamm, Director of Institutional Advancement: 440 204-4185,,


Become a Lorain County LOSS Team Responder (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors): The Lorain County LOSS Team, based on a national program, provides support, guidance and hope to suicide survivors. Each Lorain County LOSS team consists of two to three responders, including survivors of suicide, clinicians, clergy and other caring individuals

Volunteer for Sexual Assault Services: Volunteers enable the Sexual Assault Services (SAS) program to provide essential services to survivors of sexual assault and to those who support them, on a 24-hour basis, at absolutely no cost. No prior training or experience is necessary – just a desire to help those in crisis.

SAS Volunteer Opportunities: Outreach Advocate • Hotline Advocate • Community Outreach • Staff Support

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