Social Services for Individuals & Families (SSIF)

Counseling

In partnership with the Dauphin County MH/ID Program, the ISC has been providing the following services to clients identified by the Case Management Unit:

I) Indochinese Bilingual Support Services

Conduct telephone reassurances and friendly visiting to enable Indochinese clients to overcome barriers of isolation and develop specific social skills for the purpose of facilitating mutually functional and satisfying interpersonal relationships.

II) Ethnic Rehabilitative Services (Day Program)

Help MH Vietnamese clients develop appropriate behavior and inter-personal communication skills to function adequately in a normal daily living environment, through participation in various supervised occupational therapies, including group discussions on current events, completion of application forms, watching videos, basic computer operation, organization of food pantry, preparation of ethnic meals, etc.

Emergency Food Assistance

In collaboration with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Dauphin County Human Services Director’s Office, the International Service Center is operating a Food Pantry on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This program provides emergency food assistance to disadvantaged and underprivileged people regardless of their ethnic background, national origin, gender, religious affiliation or sexual preference on a “first come, first served basis.”

Information and Referral

In partnership with the United Way of the Capital Region and Dauphin County Human Services Development Fund Program, the ISC is providing Information and Referral services to all residents of Central Pennsylvania.

Information related to adult/children protective services, consumer’s education, emergency/disaster assistance, domestic violence, employment, health care, housing/shelter, public assistance, schooling, immigration processes, legal matters, substance abuse prevention/treatment, etc., are provided to all clients who contacted the ISC.

For information or services the ISC could not directly provide, referrals are made to other resources in the community and timely follow-ups are conducted to ensure that clients’ needs are met.

Language Support Service

Language Support services consisting of certification of translated documents and interpreters’ competence for legal identification and employment purposes will be provided to Limited English Proficient clients to help them overcome language barriers.

For more information on these programs, please contact Mr. Tuan Bui at (717) 236-9401.

Eligibility: All disadvantaged and underprivileged people, on a first come first served basis, based on available resources.