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PRFI is a Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Cultural Social, Educational, and Healthcare Institution servicing all New York City and Puerto Rico Communities.

Welcome!  / ¡Bienvenido!

Quality Assurances Accreditation by:

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Empowering Families since 1960

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Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc. is based on the principle of people first.  We are proud to provide person-centered care to the participants we serve. PRFI’s focus is on the person and their strengths, not their diagnosis or disability.  Our support is focused on achieving the person’s aspirations and tailored to the needs and unique circumstances that they present to us.



A non-for-profit, multi-program, family-oriented health and human services agency that provides culturally sensitive services to children adults and families in all of New York Communities.  We also provide services in Puerto Rico.


We are committed to the elimination of racism, the prevention of violence, and all forms of discrimination. PRFI commitment to the people and communities we serve to assist with empowering and removing barriers of African Americans, Latinos, and all minorities in New York and Puerto Rico. No one is denied services for race, language, sexual orientation, religion, or inability to pay.  Our diverse staff is here and ready to help everyone that walks through our doors. WE ARE PRFI!


Is to enhance the functioning and self-sufficiency of diverse marginalized communities and prevent family disintegration.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are practice patterns that each member of PRFI team takes seriously as an essential key to growth and development 

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Program Directors 

Sonia Gonzalez-Cruz

Head Start Bronx, NY


Lynsey Tucker

Program Director

Health Home-Case Management Services for Adults


Gilberto Sorto Flores 

Facilities Manager


Kara Beth Kimble

Program Director

Family Support Services

Barbara Bonhome

Program Director

Home Base Crisis Intervention

Case Management Services for Children & Adolescents

Syed Islam

Residential Programs

Ariel F. Giraldi 

Human Resources Manager


Executive Team

Charlie Ugarte

Director of Finance

Diana Almanzar

Chief Corporate Compliance & Privacy Officer​

Maria Larraguibel

VP Behavioral Health Services 

Norma Batista

VP Early Education Services 


Carlos M. Barbosa

VP Children and Families Services 


Luis Rodriguez

Chief Executive Officer & President 


Board of Directors

Mildred Allen, PhD.

Board Chair


Sonia Villanueva


Manuel Mendez



Johanna A. Decelleri



Jacqueline Cepeda

Board Member

Emil J. Delgado, Esq.

Board Member

Foundation's President 


Caroline Gomez Lassalle, Esq.

Board Member

Michael Khodadadi, Esq.

Board Member

Julio C. Roman 

Board Member

Wesley Tashir-Rodriguez 

Board Member

Danny Tejada

Board Member



Ann Marie Vazquez  

Board Member

Angelina Cabrera

Board Member Emeritus

John Robert

Board Member Emeritus 

Our team
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