In a culturally sensitive and linguistically competent setting, the Southside Immigrant Services Center supports and strengthens immigrant families from throughout the region, while also addressing needs in the diverse Bevo neighborhood.
With your help, St. Francis Community Services will be able to welcome families who recently arrived in St. Louis, assisting them with comprehensive support as they prepare for a new life here.
Creating a space where children of immigrants can feel at home
Offering culturally-competent counseling focused on the Spanish-speaking immigrant community
Using health care and preventative education to enable Vietnamese patients to have a higher quality of life
Creating community for elder Vietnamese immigrants
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. She will also begin attending our Vietnamese Elders socialization group to reduce her isolation and give her more tools to live independently. 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 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 confidently.