Human Services

Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service

  • New York, NY
  • www.littlesistersfamily.org

Mission Statement

The Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service is a nonprofit community-based organization that works with the people of East Harlem to address the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual dimensions of family health. Its home-based and center-based programs are designed to empower those who are most vulnerable and who have least access to the basic necessities of life, in the conviction that the entire community grows when individuals and families are affirmed in their own dignity.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Advocacy and Food Pantry
  3. Early Intervention Program
  4. Education and Youth Services
  5. Environmental Health Services
  6. Parenting and Child Development
  7. Preventive Services
  8. Nursing / Certified Home Health Agency
  9. The Sharing Place Thrift Store
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

East Harlem and surrounding NYC neighborhoods

ruling year

1946

Chief Executive Officer since 2014

Self-reported

Ms. Traci Lester

Keywords

Self-reported

family health, poverty, human growth

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Also Known As

Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service

EIN

13-2867881

 Number

3526574572

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

1. Certified Home Health Agency 2. Family Support (Preventive Services) Program 3. Early Childhood Program (for children from birth through age 3) 4. Advocacy Office/Emergency Food Pantry 5. Family Life Program (classes, groups, special activities, thrift store)

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Population(s) Served

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Program 2

Advocacy and Food Pantry

ADVOCACY AND FOOD PANTRY programs help poor families meet their immediate need for food and address the longer-term issues that keep people in poverty. The food pantry is a client-choice pantry which partners with local farms and agencies like City Harvest and Food Bank NYC to provide clients a choice of healthy staples.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

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Program 3

Early Intervention Program

LSA contracts with the NYC Bureau of Early Intervention to coordinate Early Intervention services for infants and toddlers with special needs. The program is approved by New York State to provide multidisciplinary evaluations, psychological evaluations, service coordination, special instruction, speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and social work services.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

Program 4

Education and Youth Services

EDUCATION AND YOUTH SERVICES offer after-school tutoring, a reading academy and a summer program to students who are underperforming in English and Math. A Girls Mentoring program builds leadership skills in East Harlem girls entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade. We also offer counseling and information about community educational and recreational programming.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

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Program 5

Environmental Health Services

Environmental Health Services serve asthmatic children in East Harlem whose illness can be improved by mitigating triggers in the indoor air environment. We do this through hands-on home-visits by skilled environmental workers, family training and community workshops.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 6

Parenting and Child Development

PARENTING AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT, formerly called the Home-Based with Socialization program, works with parents to keep very young children (up to age three) developmentally on-track through home visits and on-site socialization groups. The five focus areas of the program are: attachment and healthy separation; language and literacy; exploration and learning; self-regulation and emotional development; and connections to outside resources.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Infants/Babies (under age 5)

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Program 7

Preventive Services

PREVENTIVE SERVICES is a family support program that strengthens family functioning to avoid placement of children in foster care. Key program components include counseling, referrals for specialized treatment, help with parenting and daily life management skills, and follow-up with education, health care, housing, entitlements, and more, based on the needs of the family.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 8

Nursing / Certified Home Health Agency

NURSING, through our Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA), provides direct nursing care to patients at home. The program specializes in Maternity Outreach (prenatal and postpartum care and follow-up care to newborns), parenting and breastfeeding classes, and supporting wellness and nurturing relationships between mother and child.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 9

The Sharing Place Thrift Store

THE SHARING PLACE THRIFT STORE is East Harlem’s popular destination for those in need of good quality, bargain-priced clothing and housewares. It is also a resource for supplying emergency relief to individuals in need of clothing or other items.

Category

General Code

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

East Harlem and surrounding NYC neighborhoods

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Financials

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LITTLE SISTERS OF THE ASSUMPTION FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Traci Lester

BIO

Traci Lester has been the chief executive officer of Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service (LSA) since October 2014. Prior to joining LSA, Ms. Lester was the executive director of Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, an early literacy program. During her ten-year tenure, she doubled the number of ROR programs serving 250,000 children annually and raised close to $9 million from public and private sector sources.

Ms. Lester has held several leadership roles throughout her career including Administrative Officer of the F.B.Heron Foundation and Director of Development for the YWCA of the City of New York. She has also spent time working with children as an Elementary School Teacher in Brooklyn, New York.

She is the recipient of the American Association of University Women's Selected Professions Fellowship, the National Association of Health Service Executive's Community Service Award, and was named to the Grio's 100 List for 2012 as an African-American history maker and industry leader in the field of education. She has served as a Fellow in The San Francisco Foundation's Urban Affairs Program and is a member of the Greater New York Association of Fundraising Professionals, American Society for Public Administrators and the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society.

She earned a BS degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, an MBA from Rutgers University, and an MPA from California State University. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University's Institute for Nonprofit Management.

Ms. Lester also serves in a volunteer capacity on other boards and volunteers her time to organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children, such as Spence-Chapin Adoption Agency in New York City.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Scott DePetris

Portware, Inc.

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?