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The Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc. has launched the Hurricane Maria Disaster Relief Fund to help meet hurricane-related needs and recovery in Puerto Rico.  We have partnered with the Hispanic Federation and the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in this effort.

100% of your gift to goes to help children and families recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Thank you for your generosity!

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Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc. has launched The New Wave Help Center in partnership with the Hope for Families and Children Foundation.

If you wish to make any monetary donation, you may do so via check or credit card.

Checks

Please make check payable to The Hope for Families & Children Foundation

In the memo line, write Hope PRFI New Wave Relief

Mail/bring to: The Hope for Families & Children Foundation

145 West 15th Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10011

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Please click the button below to make any payments using your credit card

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Thank you for your generosity.

If you have made an error in making your donation or change your mind about contributing to HFFC in support of PRFI , we will honor your request for a refund made within 15 days of your donation.

To request a refund, call +1 (212) 414-7836. Refunds are returned using the original method of payment. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card. If you did not make your donation using this website, please get in touch with the corporate office of Hope For Families and Children Foundation through which the donation was made to learn about applicable refund policies.

The New Wave Help Center

The New Wave Help Center is an initiative created in partnership by Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc., and Hope For Families and Children Foundation.

The program has been created after the devastating effects of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico to serve those Puerto Ricans and residents of the island who have chosen New York City as their new home.

The purpose of the program is to serve as a bridge providing guidance to those who have decided to move to New York City to start a new life.

We understand that, in the face of hardship and lacking essential services and a safe place to live in the island, New York City represents a new possibility and hope for a new start.

As part of the program, participants will be referred to the corresponding offices to obtain housing, employment, food stamps, and school for their children. Assistance with health plan enrollment and other services will also be provided.

Food vouchers that can be redeemed at participating supermarkets, as well as clothes, coats, and essential supplies will be available.

Mental health clinic services will also be offered for those impacted that are in distress and require additional emotional support.

The New Wave Help Center will operate from Monday through Thursday from 9am to 6pm at 145 West 15th Street between 6th and 7th avenues and will be open until the end of June 2018. The Center will accept monetary contributions (in cash, checks, credit and debit cards), as well as essential supplies, clothing and coat donations. Please note that we will not be collecting food or used clothing.

The services provided are free.  All participants are required to bring a valid ID and an official document to certifying the situation of their homes in Puerto Rico. Although the initiative has been created as a response to hurricane Maria, we know that our city is full of immigrants who require assistance, so they will also be served.

People who want to make monetary contributions (cash, checks, credit and debit cards accepted), or donate clothes or essential supplies can call 646.992.4930, 212.924.6320 or write an email to: [email protected] or [email protected].  Those people who make monetary donations can claim the tax deduction form, as we are a 501c3 non-profit organization.

The Center will also welcome volunteers who are committed to the cause and who want to be part of the solution to rebuild Puerto Rico.

Thank you for your generosity.

If you have made an error in making your donation or change your mind about contributing to HFFC in support of PRFI , we will honor your request for a refund made within 15 days of your donation.

To request a refund, call +1 (212) 414-7836. Refunds are returned using the original method of payment. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card. If you did not make your donation using this website, please get in touch with the corporate office of Hope For Families and Children Foundation through which the donation was made to learn about applicable refund policies.

The New Wave Help Center

The New Wave Help Center is an initiative created in partnership by Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc., and Hope For Families and Children Foundation.

The program has been created after the devastating effects of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico to serve those Puerto Ricans and residents of the island who have chosen New York City as their new home.

The purpose of the program is to serve as a bridge providing guidance to those who have decided to move to New York City to start a new life.

We understand that, in the face of hardship and lacking essential services and a safe place to live in the island, New York City represents a new possibility and hope for a new start.

As part of the program, participants will be referred to the corresponding offices to obtain housing, employment, food stamps, and school for their children. Assistance with health plan enrollment and other services will also be provided.

Food vouchers that can be redeemed at participating supermarkets, as well as clothes, coats, and essential supplies will be available.

Mental health clinic services will also be offered for those impacted that are in distress and require additional emotional support.

The New Wave Help Center will operate from Monday through Thursday from 9am to 6pm at 145 West 15th Street between 6th and 7th avenues and will be open until the end of June 2018. The Center will accept monetary contributions (in cash, checks, credit and debit cards), as well as essential supplies, clothing and coat donations. Please note that we will not be collecting food or used clothing.

The services provided are free.  All participants are required to bring a valid ID and an official document to certifying the situation of their homes in Puerto Rico. Although the initiative has been created as a response to hurricane Maria, we know that our city is full of immigrants who require assistance, so they will also be served.

People who want to make monetary contributions (cash, checks, credit and debit cards accepted), or donate clothes or essential supplies can call 646.992.4930, 212.924.6320 or write an email to: [email protected] or [email protected].  Those people who make monetary donations can claim the tax deduction form, as we are a 501c3 non-profit organization.

The Center will also welcome volunteers who are committed to the cause and who want to be part of the solution to rebuild Puerto Rico.

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About the Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc.

Our History

The Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc. (PRFI) was founded in 1960 by a volunteer group of twenty Puerto Rican social workers. Led by Agustin Gonzalez, they shared a dream to establish a service program to prevent the disintegration of Puerto Rican families who lived in New York City.

In 1964 their vision became a reality with a demonstration grant from the Office of Economic Opportunity which established the “Program to Preserve the Integration of the Puerto Rican Migrant Family.” PRFI became one of the first citywide agencies to start serving the Puerto Rican community. During this period, paths were forged to broaden service delivery to other Hispanic groups.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the Institute established a series of innovative programs dedicated to preserve Hispanic migrant and immigrant families by reducing the risk of child placement and shortening the length of stay in foster care.

Self-help, parenting skills, supportive casework and advocacy, prevention of child abuse, and crisis intervention services were essential parts of an array of services provided by a bilingual staff.

Mental health treatment services were added to promote the emotional well-being of families and to respond to the growing need for mental health services in the Hispanic community.

The national movement to foster independent living for developmentally disabled individuals and New York State’s Willowbrook Consent Decree provided the Institute with an opportunity: a chance to build new pathways to serve this segment of the population through the establishment of intermediate care residences in the Bronx.

During those early years, the Institute also played an important role in developing professional training for Puerto Rican and Hispanic college students who wanted to pursue a graduate degree in social work.

Today

In New York, Puerto Rican Family Institute (PRFI) is a non-profit, multi-program behavioral health and human service agency, whose mission remains to enhance the functioning and self-sufficiency of diverse marginalized communities and to prevent family disintegration with a focus on bilingual and culturally sensitive service delivery.

PRFI offers a comprehensive array of social and behavioral health care services. Our core services include Mental Health Treatment, Crisis Intervention, Child Placement Prevention, Adult Residential Care facilities, Head Start programs, and Care Coordination/Case Management.

In Puerto Rico, the PRFI Head Start Program is a center-based, full-day program designed to provide pre-school children of low-income families with a comprehensive child development program to meet their educational, emotional, social, health and nutritional needs.

Our almost 500 employees in Puerto Rico serve 1,800 children through its 45 centers located in 15 municipalities including San Juan, Corozal, Bayamon, Trujillo Alto, Ciales, Rio Grande, and Caguas.

We thank you for your donation!