Building Bright Futures 2019 Fundraiser

This annual fundraiser supports Community Adolescents Striving for Achievement (CASA) in Camden, NJ—a youth development program aimed at helping Camden’s youth achieve success in their education and lives.





GFS has been in Camden since 1995, working to bring Hope, Help, and Healing.
GFS is a social service agency that offers charitable assistance to those in need
GFS has a team of professional Social Workers who offer therapy for many common issues


Our Mission and Vision


Guadalupe Family Services (GFS) is a professional social service agency committed to maintaining, strengthening and reconciling the relationships which form the foundation of our community ~~~ The Family. Our goal is to enrich and transform our neighborhood through the collaboration of clinical and community resources.


Founded in 1995 with the belief that the complex needs of urban family life in North Camden must be better served, GFS offers clinical counseling and direct social services focusing on families in distress. These services are offered with particular sensitivity to the cultural needs of the community. GFS directly serves one thousand persons annually and networks with leading social services agencies, community and cultural organizations.





GFS offers professional counseling for individuals and families. Our staff works from a strengths-based perspective. If you are interested in therapy services, the first step is to contact our office at 856-365-8081. Please be aware, there may be circumstances that necessitate a referral to other resources for treatment.


GFS offers individual and family counseling for: anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief and loss, sexual abuse, behavioral problems, school problems, and more


Counseling is available in English and Spanish. Insurance is not accepted. GFS works on a sliding scale payment system based on your income. We believe that money should never be a hindrance to care.
GFS employs trained professionals. Our clinical team consists of LCSWs, LSWs, MSWs, and MSW interns.
Meet the Staff

Positive Youth Development (CASA Camden)

Community Adolescents Striving for Achievement (CASA) Camden provides a safe, empowering, and enriching environment for underserved, inner-city Camden youth enabling them to develop a strong sense of self, healthy relationships and a vision for their future. CASA teaches Camden youth necessary life skills to overcome adversity and experience success and fulfillment through academic, social, spiritual, and service programs. To enroll your teen or to get more information please call 856-365-8081 (SCROLL OVER OR CLICK PICTURES FOR MORE DETAILS)


Sister Helen Cole SSJ, MSW, LCSW

Sister Helen Cole SSJ, MSW, LCSW

Sister Helen is a Clinical Social Worker and has been committed to peace and justice in Camden for more than 25 years. She specializes in working with clients experiencing traumatic loss and grief.
Lourdes Sherby, MSW, LCSW

Lourdes Sherby, MSW, LCSW

Bi-Lingual Social Worker
Lourdes is a Clinical Social Worker specializing in children and families. Her area of focus includes sexual assault, traumatic loss, and grief. Additionally, Lourdes is the Youth Development Program Director. She is committed to positive youth development in our six programs at GFS.
Lexi Kizy

Lexi Kizy

Youth Development Program Assistant
Lexi is serving a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She attended the University of Michigan and received her Bachelor's degree in Biomolecular Science. Lexi is one of the Youth Development program assistants. Lexi will also be teaching the life skills course to 1st graders through 4th graders at Holy Name School.
Connor Quealy

Connor Quealy

Youth Development Program Assistant
Connor is graduate of Saint Joseph's University and received his degree in International Business. Connor is currently apart of the ACESJU Program, where he will be serving at Guadalupe Family Services for the next two years, and receiving an M.S. in Organizational and Strategic Leadership. Connor will be helping out with CASA and teaching life skills at Holy Name School to 5th graders through 8th graders.


By The Numbers

Clients Served


Diapers Distributed Monthly


Children Received Christmas Gifts


Children in Youth Programs


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Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to contact us via phone, email, or mail.

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Phone: 856-365-8081
509 State St. Camden NJ 08102

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