More than 300 children and adults from the South Bronx participated in Dominican Sisters Family Health Services’ (DSFHS) annual Summer Outing in Ossining, NY on July 13. For the hundreds of low-income clients served by this Catholic Charities affiliate, the trip was a welcome relief from oppressive city heat. As the poorest urban Congressional District in the United States, the South Bronx is plagued by many social challenges, including high levels of poverty and violence and low levels of literacy and education. For many of the children participating in the DSFHS Summer Outing, the trip was the first and only time they were able to leave their South Bronx neighborhood this summer.
Rented school buses transported clients and staff to the grounds of Mariandale Retreat Center, along the banks of the Hudson River. They were welcomed by DSFHS staff and local volunteers and encouraged to take in the scenery, walk barefoot, swim, and spend some relaxing time outdoors with family in friends.
For more than thirty years, DSFHS has invited the South Bronx children and families who they serve to participate in a day of games, recreation, swimming, and food at the organization’s Headquarters.
Dominican Sisters Family Health Service is a non-profit home health agency that provides compassionate, comprehensive and family-focused care to persons of all ages, means and faiths. DSFHS programs and services, as well as its licensed affiliate agency, Family Home Health Care, Inc., promote health, independence and quality of life for its patients and clients. DSFHS is a long-time partner of Catholic Charities and has been a leader in providing and coordinating social services specifically in the South Bronx for more than 90 years.