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Our Mission: The LSA Family Health Service, Inc., a nonprofit, neighborhood-based organization founded by the Little Sisters of the Assumption in 1958, works with the people of East Harlem to address the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual dimensions of family health. Our 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.
LSA Family Health Service has been operating in El Barrio / East Harlem since 1958. But our roots go back to 1891, when the first Little Sisters of the Assumption arrived here from Paris to nurse the "sick poor" in their own homes with respect and dignity.
Today, as a secular nonprofit agency, we proudly honor our mission, roots and our founders’ choice to value and respect diversity and the differences between us-including race, gender, religion, income, lifestyle or nation of origin.
Those first LSA visiting nurses saw themselves as catalysts for change in the lives of vulnerable families. They believed in what we now call social justice and empowerment, with health and wellbeing forming a cornerstone of strength, just as we still believe today.