Below is a list of agencies that serve the Massachusetts Haitian community.
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Youth & Family Enrichment Services (YOFES)
The primary mission of YOFES is to build strong families that can raise healthy children in the face of poverty and social inequities. YOFES creates interventions that engage community participation in the conception, design, development and implementation of its programs. Its objectives are to promote early literacy, innovate youth education programs to maximize social outcomes, provide open access to culturally appropriate health care, address health and social disparities, foster youth leadership, and increase parental awareness about children and adolescent development.
Haitian Health Institute (HHI)
The mission of the Haitian Health Institute is to research unmet needs, identify gaps in services, and evaluate existing programs for quality, effectiveness and efficiency of service within the Massachusetts Haitian Community. Activities include networking with other organizations, community organizing, evaluation of existing programs, research, and rapid response to community health crises.
Haitian American Public Health Initiative (HAPHI)
HAPHI's mission is to act to promote health and foster well-being within the Haitian community of Greater Boston through education and prevention, advocacy, outreach, and services. HAPHI's programs promote culturally appropriate health education and support, advocacy for access to care, and the creation of opportunities for economic development in the field of health care. HAPHI's activities include chronic disease prevention; case management, family support and counseling for families with mentally challenged children; smoking prevention and cessation; HIV testing and counseling; Haitian men's health program; and after school programs.
Haitian Mental Health Clinic, Cambridge Health Alliance
The mission of the Haitian Mental Health Clinic is to provide culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate psychological and psychiatric services to the Haitian community in Massachusetts, regardless of ability to pay. Activities include psychiatric crises and therapeutic intervention for adults, children, couples, couples, families and groups. It provides in-service training to other departments of the Cambridge Hospital, as well as other agencies, conferences and case consultation. Further activities include Haitian health day, and radio and cable TV programming.
Association of Haitian Women in Boston (AFAB)
The Association of Haitian Women in Boston (Asosiyasyon Fanm Ayisyen nan Boston; AFAB) is a community-based grassroots organization dedicated to empowering low-income Haitian women and their children. AFAB promotes women's access to social and economic opportunities in order to expand women's knowledge; develop their abilities to be self-sufficient, independent, and confident; and empower women to take control of their destiny. Activities include a radio program on women’s issues; lectures at high schools and colleges; workshops on health care, domestic violence, and legal and parenting issues; a young women’s leadership development program; networking to address issues affecting poor women and their families; literacy and ESL classes; and advocacy on such issues as health care, housing, domestic violence, rape, child care, and welfare.
Greater Boston Nazarene Compassionate Center (GBNCC)
The mission of the GBNCC is to provide relief to the most vulnerable, distressed and underprivileged people of the Boston area, with particular emphasis on the Haitian community and youth in Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale and the surrounding communities. Programs include: Adult Basic Education (ESL/Computer Literacy), Youth Services (including the Higher Education Resource Center), Health Education (HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer Prevention), and Food and Nutrition Services.
Haitian Coalition of Somerville
The Haitian Coalition works to assist youth and young adult Haitians, using a holistic approach to improve the overall social, educational, and economical development in Somerville, Medford, Malden and the surrounding areas. It promotes cultural awareness, assists Haitians with citizenship process, voter registration, and provides resources and referrals for Haitians in the local area.
Haitian Studies Association (HSA)
The Haitian Studies Association (HSA) provides a forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas and knowledge in order to inform pedagogy, practice, and policy about Haiti in a global context. To this end, HSA works to infuse scholarship with new ideas, and to make it relevant to Haitian reality; to advance to its rightful place the historical and potential contributions of Haiti to a pluralistic world; to celebrate the achievements of Haitians while affirming the inherent dignity of their history; to bridge the gap between the Haitian Diaspora, Haiti, and Caribbean; and to recognize the diversity that exists among Haitians.
South Shore Haitians United for Progress (SHUP)
The mission of South Shore Haitians United for Progress (SHUP) is to assist Haitians and other diverse immigrants to access existing social services, and create educational programs that empower them to be self-sustaining. SHUP strives to foster and improve the social, cultural, economic and civic lives of Haitian Americans and their families to benefit Brockton and its neighboring communities. Through collaborations and partnerships, we provide culturally competent services, including adult education programs, youth development, and cultural events as well as information and referrals to public and community-based organizations.
Mass. Community Health Services, Inc. (MCHS)
MCHS is a community-based organization created to promote health education and foster social and economic development in a culturally and technologically appropriate manner. MCHS offers preventive health programs with a special focus on meeting the needs of minority populations in South Shore communities, with a focus in the Greater Brockton community. MCHS programs include educational workshops and fairs, intake and referral services, limited case management, advocacy and health screenings. Areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, tobacco use, substance abuse prevention, tuberculosis prevention and treatment, Emergency Relief (ER), and Disaster Relief (DR). MCHS supports relief agencies' efforts to provide essentials such as food, shelter, and medical attention to those most affected by emergencies.
Haitian Community Partners Services (HCPS)
HCPS is an organization created out of the grassroots efforts and tremendous work conducted by the Haitian community and other communities in Brockton to motivate people to participate in municipal elections and pursue the important work of engaging everyone in conversations around issues of significance to Brocktonians. Haitian Community Partners Services is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work in partnership with other organizations to advance and integrate the underprivileged in the social and political development of their city through education, advocacy, lobbying, and service.
Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts
The Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts, a network of more than 60 artists working in various artistic fields, was created in January 1995. Its main goals are to foster creativity, learning opportunities, skills building and fellowship among its members, while promoting Haitian art and culture through various cultural events. The Assembly’s activities encompass various artistic expressions, including visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography), performing arts (music, dance, theater), and literature (poetry, novels, storytelling).
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