In a culturally sensitive and linguistically competent setting, the Southside Center supports and strengthens immigrant families from throughout the region, while also addressing needs in the diverse Bevo neighborhood.
We provide children of Latino and Vietnamese immigrants a safe, structured, and nurturing place to learn and grow through after-school sessions and a summer day camp.
Brought about by community concerns, Bilingual Counseling has been a staple program of St. Francis Community Services for over 15 years. Our therapists offer individualized, culturally-competent, confidential counseling that is focused on the Spanish-speaking and immigrant community. Our clinical staff is trained in a wide variety of evidence-based practices to assure they are able to have the most appropriate intervention for each individual.
St. Francis Community Services case managers assist their clients in visualizing the future, identifying barriers to personal goals, and then acting to achieve their ambitions. Case management is one of the keys of St. Francis Community Services, creating the relationships which can create long-term change.
The Vietnamese Clinic at Southside Center provides preventive care, health-related case assistance, and education that enables patients to lead more independent lives.
This weekly group works to help Latina women, and by extension their families, improve their quality of life and overcome barriers to family stability.
The Vietnamese Elders Group meets regularly to socialize, discuss important topics, and learn how to live healthy lives.
St. Francis Community Services works with networks of community partners to advocate for issues that impact our clients. Our organization also provides frequent educational outreach to members of the public.
Parking is available on the church lot next to the Southside office and along the street. A Metro bus stop is within walking distance. Transportation is provided for some children, women and elders attending programs and meetings.
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A Matter of Health
Through our clinic Viet will be able to receive medical care in her own language, at a lower cost than her previous clinic. Our staff helped her understand paperwork to apply for Medicare, and she will also begin attending our Vietnamese Elders socialization group to reduce her isolation. Recently, Viet expressed her gratitude for the health clinic and described feeling relief since coming to SFCS several months ago, noting that receiving care in her own language and assistance with transportation helps her to feel empowered in her health care.
She said, “I am attending the Vietnamese senior’s meetings to learn more about health and social issues, and improve my quality of life. I love seeing my friends and making new friends, and learning new things around me.” Through the socialization group and the health clinic, our holistic care is able to ensure that this senior will get the care she needs in an atmosphere that encourages her to continue to live independently and confidently.