ClearView, Equinox to merge

Organization will combine services to provide shelter and assistance for those in need

— The ClearView Center and Equinox announced they are joining forces and will be known as just Equinox when the merger is complete.

“It’s the combination of two organizations in strong positions,” said Dorothy Cucinelli, executive director of ClearView Center, Inc., and soon to be CEO of Equinox. “It will enhance the services for our clients.”

Equinox, a nonprofit organization that provides residential programs for homeless youth and victims of domestic violence, and ClearView, a nonprofit organization that helps people and families suffering from mental illnesses, will now be able to combine services. Cucinelli said the two organizations were discussing how they both had a lot of similarities, which eventually lead to both boards of directors voting to accept the merger.

“We have, in working with ClearView, services that really complement each other,” said Kathleen Tanner, current executive director at Equinox. “They fit with each other, and they aren’t duplicated. It’s a really comprehensive approach.”

Both Tanner and Cucinelli said the merger will not result in any layoffs, and each of the locations they operate, ClearView has eight and Equinox has four, will continue to stay open. Cucinelli said ClearView has been looking to expand its youth mental services. With the merger approved, it will add to the 30 beds Equinox has available for domestic violence victims and its shelters for homeless and runaway youths between the ages of 16 and 21.

Tanner said the conversation about a possible merger started about a year ago when a joint committee of the board of directors got together and discussed the various benefits and different potentials the company could develop.

“One of the things that sparked the idea was that ClearView and Equinox are a part of the Hudson River Consortium, which encompasses agencies in various counties,” Tanner said. “When Equinox was looking to expand residential services for the youth, we talked with ClearView because we wanted to look at the whole spectrum of needs. It’s a win-win for each side.”

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