Family Strengthening – General Preventive Services

The program provides case management services to families with safety and risk factors that impact family functioning, child development, and well-being.  Services include individual, group and family counseling, Parenting Journey Training (English & Spanish), referrals, and advocacy.

Targeted Prevention & Support Services (TPSS)

Harlem Dowling’s Specialized Services Program provides HIV/AIDS education, outreach, and prevention interventions to individuals, groups, and the community at large.

Family Support Services

Service Coordination and Family Reimbursement provide case management services to individuals who are developmentally disabled.

Children Educational Services

Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services has been providing after school services in the Harlem community for more than 20 years.  We have provided after-school programming to more than 5,000 youth in Central Harlem.  Our program includes the Intergenerational Service Learning program with Logan Gardens, an assisted living residence for seniors.  Our collaboration with Columbia University Teachers College provides various educational opportunities for our participants.  Programming includes Health & Nutrition, Literacy, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) activities such as a robotics.

“Each year, Harlem Dowling serves more than 10,000 individuals including children, their families, and senior citizens.”

What is HDWC mission?

As a not-for-profit child welfare agency, Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children & Family Services works to develop confidence, resilience, academic skills, and adult/family support to be the foundation for helping Harlem’s children become responsible, self-sufficient adults.

What was Harlem Dowling’s original name?

The Association for the Benefit of Colored Children in the State of New York (also known as Colored Orphan Asylum)

Who founded Harlem Dowling and in what year?

Two Quaker women, Anna Shotwell and Mary Murray in 1836



Jaye Smith and Jean Patton

Executive Director


Executive Director, Karen Dixon