A world where each family enjoys physical, emotional, and spiritual health and each individual is supported to achieve their true potential.
Sikh Family Center promotes the health and well-being of Sikhs across the U.S., with a special focus on ending gender-based violence. SFC integrates intervention, prevention, and education services, with particular attention to community-based solutions, grassroots empowerment, cultural tradition, and immigration experience.
Principle 1: Resisting Gender & Cultural Essentialism.
SFC recognizes the unique nature of our community while refusing to over-state challenges as unique only to (the often misunderstood) Sikh community, or exclusively to women.
Principle 2: Learning from Our Community.
SFC strives to respond to documented needs rather than documenting effectiveness after first applying a prescription, and has conducted a needs assessment survey over the last two years.
Principle 3: Community-wide Services & Empowerment.
SFC provides services for all members of the community as it seeks to delink any issue from being particular to only one segment of the community. SFC works with the entire family, in turn hoping to involve the entire community.
In 2009, a few motivated members of our community undertook the task of developing and administering the first known bilingual Sikh-specific needs assessment in the U.S. to better understand our community’s needs and to help develop programs that addressed those needs. The results from this first need assessment survey motivated the creation of the Sikh Family Center. We believe in learning from the community and providing relevant and crucial services to the best of our ability.
Phase 1 of the needs assessment was conducted in-person using paper surveys that were available in both Punjabi and English. We collected 500 responses in total. Here is what we learned: see the infographic.