The Power of Home Visits
"LSA Family Health Service, 'The Little Sisters,' a neighborhood-based nonprofit, delivers a holistic model of human services to the underserved, marginalized, and poorest families in East Harlem through home visits, on site services, support groups, classes and more, so they can achieve the wellness and strength they need to move forward." http://www.littlesistersfamily.org/
Little Sisters of The Assumption, LSA, has been providing home based services to the community of East Harlem since 1958. They are committed to social justice and empowerment for vulnerable and marginalized children and families living in poverty. These families suffer from food insecurity, financial insecurity, illness, housing insecurity, low literacy. Many are immigrants further isolated by the
contraints of language. Children in this community are at high risk for developmental delay. The incidence of childhood asthma in this neighborhood is one of the highest in the USA.
Early Intervention Program - Little Sisters - East Harlem, NY
Parenting and Child Development Program - Little Sisters - East Harlem, NY
Family Support Preventive Services - Little Sisters - East Harlem, NY
Home Nursing Program - Little Sisters - East Harlem, NY
Environmental Health and Family Asthma Program - Little Sisters - East Harlem, NY
Education and Youth Program - Little Sisters - East Harlem, NY
The Sharing Place Thrift Store - Little Sisters - East Harlem, NY
Advocacy With Food Pantry Program - Little Sisters - East Harlem, NY
Immigrants Who Speak Indigenous Languages Face Isolation - Kirk Semple/NY Times/July 7, 2014.
The family is receiving services at Little Sisters, East Harlem, NY.
LSA assists children and families via a holistic approach to human services. Their focus is on home based care which allows them to build trusting mutual relationships. Overtime families heal, are less isolated and become reslient.
"We provide the interventions and care that vulnerable, at-risk families need over the short term. But we also look beyond their immediate needs and how they can achieve lasting stability and growth. We do that by building caring, respectful relationships and offering multiple services, which over time will boost their health, strength and resilience, so they can move forward and stay together."
Our model offers a special focus on:
Parenting and early childhood development and health
Nursing care for mothers, infants and young children
Family health issues, like asthma, diabetes, depression and abuse
Advocacy for families needing assistance with housing, food, legal aid—or any short-term crisis."
The Power of Home Visits
"By visiting families in their home for care, assessments or training, we're able to get a true sense of their lives and their needs, which allows us to approach them in a holistic way. Offering one form of support can't bring stability, well-being and strong relationships if there are hardships and crises on multiple fronts.
Each home visit allows us to not only get personal, but to identify what families need to thrive and move forward."
The risk factors to the wellbeing of children in East Harlem ranked among the highest in NYC last year.
1) Advocacy with Food Pantry
2) Early Intervention
3) Family Support Preventive Services
4) Education and Youth
4) Environmental Health and Home Based Asthma Program
5) Parenting and Childhood Development - A Home Based Program
6) Home Nursing
7) The Sharing Place Thrift Store
Goals are set, progress is tracked. Year after year there is measurable improvement in outcomes.
LSA partners with respected institutions such as The Robinhood Foundation, The New York Academy of Medicne and NYU.
They are grantees of
The Robinhood Foundation and organization which uses metrics to assess and grant funds only to organizations that have proven that their programs have an impact on reducing poverty for their clients over the long term.
LSA is a stellar organizaition!
They are true partners in the care of children and families within their neighborhood.
What can we learn from this model of integrating services in a low income community in New York City?
How can we apply the power of home visits to designs for programming in the developing world?
What is the role of consistency, relationship building, trust and mutual respect in providing services to parents as they rear their young children in low income communities in the developing world?