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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., in the memo line, write Ayuda Ahora Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief and mail to:

Ayuda Ahora Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc.
145 West 15th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011

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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.


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!