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Building on the Village:

CAPITAL FUNDRAISING
CAMPAIGN

Oshun Family Center needs your help. As a nonprofit organization that plans to service the community for the foreseeable future, we want to mark that journey with a location to call our own. It is important for us to purchase a space that we can grow with and permanently and set our roots in Philadelphia. This gives us the opportunity to give as much as we can back to the community and continue to commit and provide salient services that will reduce and eventually eliminate Black maternal mortality.

OUR vision

Oshun Family Center envisions health equity across the reproductive and mental health spectrum. Families in underrepresented communities require providers who embody
aspects of their life as it relates to race, culture, and ethnicity therefore it is our goal and vision to assist with overcoming the barrier and include race, culture, or ethnicity-based concordance for care.

The mission

Oshun Family Center provides racially concordant care to
members of the Black community who are seeking to achieve
optimal wellness through psychotherapy and holistic healing in addition to birthing support such as doula and lactation services. Our goal is to center Black people’s experiences and create a welcoming space for healing and refuge. We welcome those looking to break generational cycles and
have agency over their mind & bodies.

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Families Served

The impact

Oshun Family Center was founded in 2018 and has served over 700 families with services that include but are not limited to, doula support and connection, lactation support, maternal mental health services, childbirth education courses, and community engagement during Black Maternal Health Week (annually).

HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT?

$5,000

This will lend a helping hand to customizing the interior of the building and creating a trauma-informed healing atmosphere.

$2,500

We can create an oasis feel from the moment you walk on the property by incorporating a green space that feels welcoming and tranquil with well-maintained trees, and flowers, and is environmentally friendly.

$1,000

Helps us curate a safe individual lactation and doula space that is equipped with supplies and materials to support effective methods of breastfeeding and labor support.

$500

Assists with essential items needed for appropriate technology for us to seamlessly provide virtual and in-person support services and training.

Assists with essential items needed for appropriate technology for us to seamlessly provide virtual and in-person support services and training.

THE PATH TO OPTIMAL MATERNAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

It is important for us to purchase a space that we can grow with and permanently set our roots in Philadelphia. As a nonprofit organization that plans to service the community for the foreseeable future, we want to mark that journey with a location to call our own. This gives us the opportunity to give as much as we can back to the community and not to developers, lenders, or landlords for 30 years. This is a true testament to our commitment and intended longevity in providing salient services that will reduce and eventually eliminate Black maternal mortality.

We will connect and collaborate with other community-based providers and serve as a home base and hub for Black birth workers (doulas, lactation counselors, pelvic floor therapists, and other healing practitioners) to assist with serving the population of people grossly impacted by the Black maternal mortality rate throughout Philadelphia. The Maternal Wellness Village is a collective of Black
birth workers who are committed to being in servitude to families impacted by the intersection of systemic racism and maternal
health. As members of the MWV, we plan to connect and collaborate to strengthen the workforce and progression of Black birth
workers as it directly pertains to the advancement of Black birthing families in Philadelphia.


A community-driven trauma-informed center that incorporates psychotherapy rooms that are sound-protected, dimly
lit, and calming/tranquil.

A lactation space that is equipped with informational material, anatomy models, and supplies to support getting babies weight
before and after a feeding. An evaluation area for the clinician to take notes and technology to support throughout the visit. This
includes a small play space for families with toddlers and young children.

Doula room for family education that includes birthing balls, anatomy models, evaluation, and movement space. This room will be
big enough for the family that include additional caregivers and other children to participate in the birth preparation.
Community training space and a versatile office for other practitioners.


The design and outfit are supported through the Community Design Collaborative and FIFTEEN Architect + Design.

THE goal: $1.5m

PHASE I

GOAL $750K

Setting our roots in Philadelphia through property acquisition for the organization!

  • We have the first $100k!
  • $250k by January 2024
  • $350k by June 2024

PHASE II

GOAL $500K

BY DECEMBER 2024

Construction and customization of the location supported by FIFTEEN Architect +

PHASE III

GOAL $250K

BY MARCH 2024

Phase III: Furnishings and Equipment

PHASE IV

Phase IV: Grand Opening Black Maternal Health Week 2025

A Note from our Executive Director…

As we approach the end of another impactful year, I am filled with immense gratitude and a profound sense of appreciation for each and every one of you who has played a vital role in our journey thus far. Your unwavering support, dedication, and passion for our mission have been the driving force behind our successes, and I am honored to share my heartfelt thanks with you.

In the face of challenges and uncertainties, your commitment to Oshun Family Center has been nothing short of inspiring. Whether you’ve contributed your time, expertise, resources, or boundless energy, your collective efforts have created a positive ripple effect that extends far beyond our initial aspirations.

Together, we are here, venturing into our biggest journey and this is a testament to the strength of our community. The movement continues, we are Building on the Village and opening Philadelphia’s First Black and women-led Maternal Wellness Center. With your help, it is a reminder that when individuals with a shared vision come together, remarkable things happen!

As we reflect on our achievements, let’s also look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead. Our journey is ongoing, and with your
continued support, I am confident that we will reach even greater heights in the coming year.

Thank you for being the heartbeat of Oshun Family Center. Your belief in our mission and your dedication to making a difference are
the driving forces that propel us forward. Whether you’re a volunteer, donor, staff member, or supporter, know that your contribution,
big or small, has a lasting impact.

Let’s continue to build collectively,

~Saleemah McNeil, MS, MFT

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