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In Solidarity!

I wish that I had the right words that could provide meaningful respite from the mix of outrage, despair, exhaustion, fear, or weariness that you may be  feeling. And although I do not have the right words, I possess a strong faith, a comparable conviction and a voice that declares that I denounce the violence against Black and Brown communities across our country. LESFU’s founders, former executives and board of directors denounce white supremacy in all its forms. We denounce the violence against people making their voices heard and stand in solidarity with those working to dismantle the structural inequity and injustices of our society.  We reaffirm our commitment to racial equity and social justice, in both our words and our actions! PRESERVE, STRENGTHEN AND EMPOWER!

In Solidarity,

April L. Phillips

Executive Director

 

“God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable], A very present and well-proved help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains be shaken and slip into the heart of the seas, Though its waters roar and foam, Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains tremble at its roaring”. Psalm 46:1-3 AMP V 

Along with client safety, employee health and safety are our top priority! Therefore, to minimize your exposure to COVID-19, you are expected to work remotely (telecommute) until further notice. The main office will be open sporadically for specific purposes only!

Along with client safety, employee health and safety are our top priority! Therefore, to minimize your exposure to COVID-19, you are expected to work remotely (telecommute) until further notice. The main office will be open sporadically for specific purposes only!

The Lower East Side Family Union is an essential business operation, as defined by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6 (New York State on PAUSE). We are committed to the safety of NYC’s children and families.

The Lower East Side Family Union is an essential business operation, as defined by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6 (New York State on PAUSE). We are committed to the safety of NYC’s children and families.

As you are aware, the City is currently responding to the novel coronavirus, and we want to make sure that you are provided with the most up-to-date information.

Information About COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

Dear Preventive Services Families: LESFU staff will remain in contact with you during this public health crisis by phone, email or social media to make sure you are safe. If it is safe and possible to do, we will arrange to meet with you at the agency or location of your choice. Should you require emergency assistance (e.g., food, medical care) or need emotional support during this crisis, please let us know by contacting your case planner or call the hotline at any time at (800) 339-2699.

 

‘I Needed Help That People in My Life Couldn’t Give Me’ – Through preventive services I’ve found ways to feel safe, calm and connected

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Rise Mag.

Have a Virtual, Safe & Happy Halloween

Have a Virtual, Safe & Happy Halloween

“Emotional Well-Being of Young Children and Their Families Collaborative Approach Initiative”

Sponsored by the Child Welfare Fund, the Lower East Side Family Union continues to meet the emotional and mental health needs of young children and their families. In partnership with NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital we provide services that help to foster healthy attachments between children and caregivers, promote emotional stability, effective and positive parenting, and increase the overall safety of children.  LESFU and Bellevue will be working together to complete relevant screenings, offer an evidence-based parenting training intervention (Circle of Security) and have committed to unified processes that will facilitate “warm hand-offs” between the two institutions as needed.

 

The families that come through our doors at the Lower East Side Family Union are often vulnerable, highly stressed, and perhaps have a history of trauma.  Research shows that children as young as 0-3 can be affected by the family’s circumstances and that these experiences can impact later emotional health and learning for these children.  In order to ensure healthy child development in these families, there needs to be a way to quickly identify their needs and intervene with early childhood mental health problems in both children and parents alike.  Coupled with this, integration between community-based programs and hospital-based mental health clinics is key, and needs to be thoughtful, concerted, and almost seamless.

 

The sooner we help to address early childhood mental health problems with the families we serve, the better position the families can be in as the children develop, grow up, and eventually enter school.  We at LESFU are truly excited about this initiative and have a shared dedication and collective responsibility to the emotional well-being of the young children and families in our community.

 

LESFU has adopted Solution Based Casework (SBC)

LESFU has adopted Solution Based Casework (SBC)

Since July 1, 2013 we have been using Solution Based Casework (SBC) as our child welfare practice model. SBC is an evidenced-based casework practice 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.

 

We have decided that the application of the SBC model would support LESFU’s continuous efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of NYC’s children and families.

E-Blast Youth Connect

Free Afterschool Programs!

Free afterschool programs for youth in elementary, middle, and high school! DYCD’s afterschool programs are located in community centers, middle schools, and community-based organizations throughout the five boroughs. Afterschool programs operate in the afternoons, and many are held on evenings and weekends, and during school holidays, vacation Stay Connected Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube Get Your ID Get a Library Card

In-School Youth Attention high school juniors and seniors! The In-School Youth (ISY) program is DYCD’s year-round program targeting at-risk high school juniors and seniors. The ISY
periods, and the summer.

 

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ProgramsREFERRALS:
Family Treatment/Rehabilitative

Lhook@LESFU.org

Family Support Services
TGuantlett@LESFU.org Or JNelson@LESFU.org