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Holy Family Institute

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Family Services, Human Services, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been impressed by the leadership's practice of assessing the effectiveness of Holy Family Institute in the delivery of the multitude of services it provides. Holy Family in all its endeavors I have observed has remained true to its mission "to support and nurture families" both in its long-term track record working with families locally and now with the quality programming provided for international students. An example of Holy Family's standing at the ready to offer loving support where its needed is the Institute's assuming care for 12 Haitian Orphans after the earthquake struck. Holy Family recruited volunteers and additional staff to address the children's needs such as making certain that the children were able to retain their Creole language. Holy Family open its arms to the 12 children offering them a loving home that sought to meet special needs the Institute perceived existed. Judith Griggs

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Holy Family for nearly 15 years, and I have personally witnessed the difference it makes in children's lives who do not have much to look forward to given the lack of attention from their families for one reason or another. Each person is treated with dignity and respect, and there is an honest attempt to set boundaries to start to instill responsibility and accountability. Each of our own children and my wife have been involved in Holy Family through volunter work, and frankly they have received more than they have given.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved for many years with the organization and seen the good works first hand when the regulatory agencies can't fill a need due to funding, this group is often filling the void on a "shoestring" budget! At-risk youth and families in the community are given the support needed. The staff of the organization from the leadership to the teachers and counselors provide positive role models for their clients. This group demonstrates positive outcomes in their communities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Jesus said when you care for the least of by brothers you care for me. The inspirational work done by Holy Family Institute for the past 100 plus years serves as living testimony to the direction we have been given. I have see the lives of people changed by the love and expertise of the Holy Family staff. The flexabilty of the staff in helping children from Haiti, Visiting Chinese students,troubled youths and families in crisis demonstates the impact of a versitile and committed organization. I am humbles and proud to be associated with them..

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the boards and committees of Holy Family Institute in one role for about 30 years, with perhaps a couple years off here and there. It has been a privelege to see the growth that has taken place at HFI over these years. There have been many exciting new programs developed and some ended, but every step of the way has been a challenge that has been surmounted by one of the best group of leaders I have ever worked with. The mission of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, of service to families, has been lived out for more than 100 years and it shows in the number of families and children who are able to live better lives.