About Us

The Lower East Side Family Union (LESFU) is a leader and innovator in providing community-based services and family support, dedicated to preserving, strengthening, and empowering families.  As one of the first organizations established to prevent foster care placement in New York City, LESFU was among the first to address the connection between poverty, culture, and language barriers.  For nearly 50 years and contracted by the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), NYS Department of Health (DOH), LESFU has provided a continuum of specialized services to families in the boroughs of Manhattan and Queens aimed at promoting social and emotional well-being. Our programs and services equip our families to break cycles of intergenerational poverty, multi-system involvement and foster care placement.  Today, informed by rigorous research and highly qualified staff, LESFU programs promote the safety and well being of approximately 1,000 children annually.

Solution-Based Casework (SBC) is the current case management practice model for families receiving LESFU services. SBC is an evidenced-informed model that prioritizes working in partnership with families, focuses on pragmatic solutions to difficult situations, and notices and celebrates change. Most importantly, SBC targets the prevention skills needed for case management providers and families to reduce the risk in everyday life situations.

For additional information regarding SBC, please visit www.solutionbasedcasework.com.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
APRIL L. PHILLIPS, LMSW, MS

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
LATIEFA HOOK, LMSW

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
TIFFANY GAUNTLETT, MPH

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DENECIA MARSHALL
CHAIR
SUNY/Educational Opportunity Center

FERNANDE HYPPOLITE
FINANCIAL CHAIR
MetLife Investment Management, LLC

MACK GRAHAM
Lifeline Center for Child Development

ELIZABETH PAVONE
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

RONICA WEBB
Newborn Home Visiting Program

MEAGAN CHANDLER
VICE-CHAIR
The Riverside Company

VICTORIA RODRIGUEZ
SECRETARY
NYC Department of Education

JOANNA BATTILORO
Credit-Suisse

LYNN FLEARY
 

CARLA TRIPLETT, Psy.D
The Berkley School

ADVISORY COUNCIL
LEONARD KLINGBAUM, ESQ
Ropes & Gray, LLP
JENNIFER HAVENS, MD
NYU Langone Health, NYU Child Center