Thank you to Fallon Health for the generous support of our Home Visiting program for mothers and children and our Hunger Relief program, Emergency Assistance Food Pantry. These programs provide vital services to the community and Pernet's Green Island neighborhood and we are grateful for the continued support of Fallon. A special thank you to Kimberly Salmon, Fallon's Director of Communications, for coming out to Pernet!
Pernet runs an emergency food and infant supply pantry for residents of Worcester’s 01610 neighborhood. Supplies are given out in quantities to last approximately three days and may be accessed once a month by showing identification. To obtain baby and infant supplies such as formula, baby food, cereal and diapers, clients must show proof of child (such as a birth certificate or WIC card).
Pantry hours are:
Mondays: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Tuesdays: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesdays 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Trained staff and volunteers are also available to discuss long-term hunger solutions such as Food Stamps, WIC, and Serve New England food co-op The Emergency Assistance Program is possible through grants from Project Bread, the United Way of Central Massachusetts, Rachel’s Table and the generous contributions of local groups, individuals, churches and the Worcester County Food Bank.
Melissa Wenderoth, Director of Early Intervention at Pernet Family Health Service, speaks at the holiday luncheon for WISE, the Worcester Institute for Senior Education, at Val’s in Holden. Thank you, WISE, for your support for families.
Thank you to the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation for their generous support of Pernet's Youth Services. We appreciate your dedication to serving the community and ensuring that the youth in our neighborhood continue to have access to these vital services!
Due to the generosity of our donors, community supporters, partners, and volunteers, Pernet was once again successful in providing meals to families in need in the Greater Worcester community. Thank you for your time and contributions to help us in providing this wonderful service to our community!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3, 2019, marks the international day of giving - Giving Tuesday! We ask that you consider supporting Pernet Family Health Service in honor of this day. Your contribution could be in the form of an offer to volunteer, a pledge of a gift donation to a family-in-need, sharing or creating a fundraiser, or a monetary donation. We thank you for your continuous support of our organization as we all work together to support and strengthen families in the Greater Worcester community!
See our facebook page for opportunities to contribute or share with friends!
This Thanksgiving over 400 families will enjoy a nice meal thanks to the generosity of our donors.
left - Coghlin Companies delivering food donations to Pernet Family Health Services.
right - Yildiz, our staff member, looking at the apples and butternut squash donated by Clearview Farms.
Starting this month, we would like to share our success from Pernet’s Early Intervention Program on an on-going basis. Children qualify for early intervention for a variety of reasons. These reasons can be due to scores on our assessment tool (the Battelle), risk factors for the family or medical diagnoses. The role of service coordinator is not only to support the child but to support the family as a whole. This may look like bringing the family food, clothes and diapers, attending DCF meetings and doctor’s appointments, setting up services with other specialists and at times just being a listening ear. This approach provides the family and child the support they need in order to achieve, thrive, and develop to their greatest potential.
Our first story is of how a Service Coordinator helped a family navigate the medical system. Upon meeting a new client, the coordinator realized that the child needed to meet with a geneticist. Mom shared with the coordinator her struggle with her child’s pediatrician and the way the doctor would brush off her concerns. The coordinator connected the family with a geneticist, in addition to, physical and occupational therapy, and a vision consultation. “My client has developed amazingly in the last couple months,” shares the coordinator, “and I know that her progress is due to the therapies and medical teams that I helped put in place.”
Our next success story comes from a Service Coordinator who tells us about a little girl who has been in the program for about a year, “Up until her first birthday she was developing like a typical child, hitting all her milestones: crawling, saying Mama…” Not too long after, the child lost all her mobility, vision, and speech due to an abnormality of the brain, which left her like a newborn. The Coordinator started seeing the child at 14 months old. She immediately referred her to Physical Therapy in order to begin working on strengthening her muscles again, in addition to, other specialists, and also connected mom with services. “Despite the odds, the improvement we have seen is nothing short of amazing!” shares the Coordinator, “Her success has truly been a Team Effort between her Pernet Team as well as Mom and extended family….However we cannot forget the determination of my client herself!”
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