FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2015
IMA consolidates offices, maintains warehouse in New Windsor
NEW WINDSOR, MD – As part of IMA World Health’s (IMA) continued growth and shift in strategic priorities, some important changes are underway.
“It has become clear in recent years that the most efficient and cost-effective way to manage our resources for the utmost value to our beneficiaries is for our US-based functions to operate out of one location,” wrote IMA President and CEO Rick Santos in a memo to staff.
During IMA’s April 2015 Board of Directors meeting, the difficult and final decision was made to close the New Windsor, Maryland, office on the campus of the Brethren Service Center.
When the transition is complete at the end of the year, IMA’s headquarters will be at 1730 M Street, NW, Suite 808, Washington, DC 20036. IMA has maintained dual U.S. headquarters since 2010, when it established office space in Washington, DC, to be closer to public donors and other non-governmental organizations working toward the same goal of health, healing and well-being for all. IMA will maintain space in the New Windsor warehouse for storage of medicines and medical supplies, just as it has done for the past 54 years.
IMA has a long history of adjusting to change and growth in an effort to maintain efficiency since it began in 1960. IMA’s operations officially started in the InterChurch Center on Riverside Drive in New York City. The Church of the Brethren joined as a member organization in September of 1961 and offered space at the Brethren Service Center in Maryland for the storage of medical supplies. IMA’s headquarters moved from New York to the Brethren Service Center in 1982 for closer contact with the inventory and warehouse staff.
During its nearly 55 years in operation, IMA has grown from just a handful of employees to more than 200 people working in offices in Tanzania, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and most recently in Indonesia. Those field offices are supported by personnel in the United States. By the end of the year, those staff members will all be working in the Washington, DC office.
Santos commented, “IMA is dedicated to the careful stewardship of our resources, and this decision was made in order to achieve our number one goal: to maximize our impact for those we serve. Maintaining a single headquarters office is not only the financially responsible decision; it will also facilitate collaboration among headquarters staff. We are truly grateful for the 30 years we spent in New Windsor and for the support of our partners at the Brethren Service Center, our generous donors, and the local community. This is a time of growth and change for IMA, and we appreciate the support of our partners and donors as we make this important and necessary transition.”
IMA World Health (IMA) is a faith-based international technical public health organization that builds healthier communities by collaborating with key partners to serve vulnerable people. IMA’s vision is simple: health, healing and well-being for all. For more information, visit www.imaworldhealth.org. Follow IMA on twitter @imaworldhealth.