Overview of Programs
When LSA Family Health Service opened in 1958, its primary focus was on providing skilled nursing care to poor families in their own homes. Today, we offer a broad range of integrated health care, social service, education, early childhood development, advocacy and crisis counseling services to thousands of the most vulnerable families in East Harlem.
LSA’s mission was first carried out in East Harlem through its core visiting nurse work, now the Certified Home Health Agency. Over the years, programs have expanded in response to community needs. They now include the Advocacy and Food Pantry, the Family Support (Preventive Services) Program, the Early Childhood Program, Education and Youth Services and the Sharing Place thrift store.
Our programs are closely integrated, with frequent referrals among them. Many of our families are involved with more than one program.
The success of LSA’s approach is rooted in our unchanging commitment to:
- Working with the poorest families who have the least access to the basic necessities of life
- Offering our services both in homes and in our center – no other East Harlem agency provides in-home services as consistently as LSA
- Never turning away a family or individual because of an inability to pay
- Providing great depth and variety of professional skills
- Working flexibly with families for as long as necessary
- Intensive, persistent outreach into the community
- Strengthening our programs and expertise by networking with other local and national service providers
Though our programs have evolved and expanded over the years, LSA’s goal remains unchanged: to address the many dimensions of family health, and help at-risk families to be self-sustaining, contributing members of the community.
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