Thursday, September 16, 2010

Local Service Spotlight: Pernet Family Health Services

This week, I thought I would focus on Pernet Family Health Service. Pernet is a local service founded by the Sisters of the Assumption after their arrival in Worcester in 1955. Their mission is to help disadvantaged families, to "support the physical, social, pyschological and spiritual development of individuals and families by providing home-based health and social services that lead to long-term strengthening and enhancement of family and community life." (

So what services does Pernet offer to foster individual and family development? There are several programs available:
  • Early Intervention
  • Emergency Assistance Program
  • Family Support Program
  • Fathers & Family Program
  • Homemaker Program
  • Maternal Child Nursing
  • Spiritual Life Program
  • Worcester Healthy Start Initiative
  • Young Parent Support Service
  • Youth Program
As StandUp For Kids works with at risk and homeless youth 21 and under, I thought I would focus on three of the above services. I encourage you to read their Programs page for more great information on the services above:

The Fathers and Family Program

The Fathers and Family Program offers weekly parenting/support groups and individual case management services. This program also provides support services to incarcerated fathers.

Young Parent Support Service
The Young Parent Support Service assists youth 23 and under with parenting skills, time management methods, and help in establishing a support network.

Youth Program
The Youth Program offers a free, drop-in Homework Club, an after school program run by local colleges. Pernet also offers a Mentoring Program for middle school students on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. that includes arts and crafts, recreation, and youth events.

Pernet Family Health Services is located at 237 Millbury Street in Worcester.

For more information, visit their site at or call Pernet at 508-755-1228.

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