About Us

Snehalaya Family Service Centre is a not-for-profit NGO that helps families in Mumbai , India . In a mega-city like Mumbai, the stress and strain of living, with problems such as poverty, lack of proper housing, displacement, unemployment and underemployment, socio-cultural differences, marital discord, etc., proves too overwhelming for many individuals and families. Under this stress many individual feel lost, tried beyond their endurance, frustrated and defeated. People can seek help when capacities for responding to the demands of life are strained, when desired growth seems unattainable, when important decisions elude resolution and natural support systems are unavailable or insufficient.

In general, people not knowing how to cope with these problems, these individuals displace their frustrations on other members of the family, or take recourse to substance abuse (e.g. alcoholism). Some break down with depression and other psychological syndromes, thus creating a bigger problem for themselves and their families.

This has further aggravated the family atmosphere. Fissures and fractures have appeared in family life, where spouses are moving away from each other and we see a rising number of divorces and separations, parents are at conflict with their children, there unhealthy sibling rivalry, consumerism contributing to a growing emptiness and rise in the phenomenon of family disharmony.

With the breakdown in the joint family system, rapid urbanization and nuclearization of families there is little or no adequate support for individuals and families. The aim of the organization is to provide timely and adequate help to marriage and families. A large amount of our energy is spent to build good marriages through marriage preparation courses (MPCs) and marriage enrichment programmes (MEPs) because “marriage is the rock on which family is built.” If we will have stable and mature marriages, we will have happy and well nurtured families.

It was precisely to offset this that the CBCI Metropolitan Conference on the Family, held in Bombay, in 1976, strongly recommended the setting up of a Diocesan Family Service Centre to provide for a ‘package deal' of services, and to co-ordinate activities related to the Family Apostolate in the Diocese, and in the Western Region of India.

Accordingly, the Diocese agreed to set up a Family Service Centre, (SNEHALAYA- “abode of love” ), in the premises of Victoria School Campus, Mahim. Msgr. Henry Lobo very kindly put the former parish house at the disposal of the Centre and Fr. Dawson Ambosta was its founding Director. In 1984 the baton was handed over to Fr. Joseph Fernandes. The present Director Fr. Cajetan D. Menezes took charge in June 2003.

SNEHALAYA – Family Service Centre, established in December, 1976 is a registered charitable Trust catering to people irrespective of caste or creed. Its main objectives are to strengthen family life and to promote family welfare.

Services offered by a professional staff include:-

• Marriage Counselling- includes pre-marital and post-marriage care
• Individual and group counselling.
• Vocational Guidance and Aptitude Testing
• Family Life Education – for schools and colleges
• Marriage Preparation Courses – conducted in six languages
• Responsible Parenthood Training and Creative Natural Fertility Mangement .
• Family Enrichment Programmes
• Conducting research, Designing programmes and publishing resource materials for empowering families
• Training counselors and family animators

All the mentioned activities are conducted by a trained team of Doctors, counsellors and married persons.

SNEHALAYA – is place where hurting families are healed, ordinary families become good and good families become better …

You can support our work by sending us a contribution in the name of our trust “Snehalaya Family Service Centre”. All donations can benefit of the exemption under 80G of the Income Tax Act.