Partners /

Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center (RTRC), Boston Children's Hospital


Contact Info


21 Autumn Street, 1st floor
Boston, MA

Contact Name

Osob Issa


Services Provided

A. Child: Project SHIFA (Supporting the Health of Immigrant Families and Adolescents) was developed to provide culturally appropriate school-based mental health care for Somali youth and their families in the Boston area. Somalis are one of the largest groups of refugees resettled in Massachusetts and across the United States. The implementation of Project SHIFA started in the Boston area in the Lilla G. Frederick (LGF) Pilot Middle School in Dorchester in 2007 in partnership with the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC) and the Boston University School of Social Work. Through a generous grant from the Marigold Charitable Trust, components of Project SHIFA have continued to be delivered by RIAC staff who are providing psychosocial supports for young Somali children (0-8) in the Boston area.

B. Adult: Boston Children's Hospital is a child-specific treatment hospital.

C. Family: Through Project SHIFA we partner with the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center to provide community-based services to children and families. 

Age range: We serve children between the ages of 0-8 through our partnership with RIAC.