Mission: Our Mission In the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching and rooted in the heritage of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, we empower children and families to lead responsible lives and develop healthy relationships built on faith, hope and love.Our Values
Family Perspective: We are dedicated to builiding family life and honoring the sanctity of family in all of our policies, programs and services.
Dignity: We are dedicated to respect the life, diversity and value of each person as created by God.
Excellence: We commit to be the best through continuous improvement.
Community: We seek and foster participation and collaberation within Holy Family Institute and with other organizations.
Results: This year, we were able to seek and secure full funding for two essential programs for at-risk children: SNAP and the Parent-Child Home Program.
SNAP - Stop Now and Plan - is an award-winning, evidence-based program for boys and girls betwen the ages of 6 and 11 which teaches children to use coping skills to avoid trouble and control their behavior. SNAP helps both children and their parens effectively deal with anger by teaching them to respond in a way that makes their problems seem smaller, not bigger.
The Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) is an evidence-based, early literacy, parenting and school readiness program for children from 16 months to 3 years of age. Young children prepare for school by increasing language and literacy skills, enhancing social-emotional development and strengthening the parent-child relationship.
Target demographics: At-risk children, youth and families living in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, Holy Family Institute served over 9,000 children and families.
Geographic areas served: Allegheny, Armstrong and Indiana Counties
Programs: At-risk children, youth and families can access residential living, in-home services, mental health counseling, alternative educational services, youth workforce development programs, drug, alcohol and gambling addiction counseling and utility assistance services.
As a member of the Employers Advisory Board, I have worked with HFI to prepare their students for the 'real world' in terms of filling out applications and interviewing for positions. These are essential career skills that will benefit the student for life. HFI instructors and administrators really care about these children and work very hard within the community to prepare them for their futures.