Pernet Family Health Service in Worcester, Massachusetts is a Department of Public Health-certified home health agency. We provide a continuum of care to support and strengthen families. This is done through giving hands-on, in-home care for the most complex of maternal and child cases in the Worcester area, and Early Intervention Services for children 0-3 years of age with, or at-risk for, developmental delays. In partnership with the Department of Children and Families, the Parent Aide Program works on family reunification and parent training. The Fathers Program supports fathers in the community and those at the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction giving them skills needed to connect with their children. Our Emergency Assistance Program operates a food pantry where families are able to access food, diapers, and hygiene products. The Youth Program offers recreation, academic support, and youth events to neighborhood youth. We also collaborate with many governmental, nonprofit, and spiritual organizations to improve the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health of 11,500 people a year, many of them infants and children.
The Little Sisters of the Assumption came to Worcester in 1955 to work with families and their children. The essential Mission of the Sisters is to provide health care and support to the disadvantaged families and to revitalize the spirit of those degraded by poverty. In 1968, the Sisters incorporated under the title Pernet [per-nay’] Family Health Service, named after the order’s founder. The agency became a home health agency certified by the Department of Public Health and is currently a major provider of home health care and early intervention services to families in the Worcester area.
Pernet Family Health Service is a vibrant, family-centered and resource-rich partner in the development of strong, healthy and self-sufficient families and individuals who participate actively in community life.
In the tradition of The Little Sisters of the Assumption, Pernet Family Health Service supports the physical, social, psychological 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.
- Belief in the dignity and worth of each individual
- Empowerment so that families have the tools to reach their full potential
- Dedication and commitment to supporting families in attaining their goals
- Recognition of every family’s strengths and positive attributes
- Empathy for families facing challenges
- Teamwork to reach our Mission and Vision
- Mutuality in relationships, we both give and receive
- Respect for diversity and the richness of our differences
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