apafss.org  |  Jan/Feb 2020



Everyone is counted.

Responding to the 2020 Census helps shape resources for children and your community over the next decade. APA has received funding from OCEIA (Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs) to provide outreach and education to families about the Census 2020.


Rick Yuen, our Executive Director, was interviewed by World Journal reporter Han Li in January. Here is the English version of the article New ED of APA Family Support Services envisions building healthy immigrant families.

After retiring from an administrative post at Stanford University, Rick Yuen returned to San Francisco Chinatown, where he grew up, to take over as the new executive director of the APA Family Support Services (APA).

APA was founded in 1987. The founder, Dr. Don Wong, received a state government grant to help children and families in the Asian immigrant community grow up healthily...

Rick Yuen joined APA as Executive Director in January 2020. (Photography by Han Li)

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APA is now a 50-person organization with 40 full-time and 10 part-time staff. We welcome Executive Director Rick Yuen, Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor Kate Hellenga, and Case Manager Marybel Cortez to our team! Here is our STAFF DIRECTORY link.

Our program management team is currently comprised of three program directors and a senior program manager.

Farmmary Saephan is the Program Director of APA/Asian and Pacific Islander Family Resource Network (APIFRN). She oversees all APA's Family Resource Centers (FRC) programs; the Community Health & Wellness Program; the Domestic Violence Program; and program for Financial Economic Success & Self-sufficiency. She is responsible for program collaborations with our APIFRN partners in which APA takes the lead, and manages the API Stressline Project.


Jack Siu is the Program Director of APA's Visitacion Valley Strong Families (VVSF) Family Resource Center. He oversees the FRC programs at our Raymond Avenue and Sunnydale locations; the Mayor's Youth Employment & Education Program; and Ping Yuen 

Service Connection Program. He is responsible for collaborations with other community-based organizations in Visitacion Valley where VVSF plays an active role in community development.


Lillian Lai is APA's Behavioral Health Program Director. She recruits the Counseling Interns and works closely with our Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor in the supervision of the interns.


Susan Dip is APA's Senior Program Manager for APA's Domestic Violence Program which includes: Violence Against Women Project; Bayview High Risk Lethality DV Project; SafeStart Project; SafeCare Project; and APA's Chinatown FRC.

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3 QUESTIONS  With Our New Case Manager

Marybel Cortez graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with a degree in Psychology. She recently moved to San Francisco and is hired by APA as a case manager in the beginning of the year.


Why did you choose this field? It has always been one of my passions to find a job that gives me the opportunity to help those less fortunate and help the families in the community. I have volunteered in various community groups in Modesto, my hometown, and want to continue to give back to the community I have decided to now move into and create memorable moments for myself and the agency.

Tell us about your family? I come from a Hispanic background and is very proud of my heritage. My parents emigrated from Mexico. I have a younger brother and sister who I am very proud of. My goal in life is to be able to set an example for them, to motivate them in becoming someone in life that they are proud of.

What do you do in your leisure time? I enjoy cooking and eating what I cook or eating out to try new dishes. I look forward to the warmer days when I could go out for walks on the beach or in the park and engage in singing and dancing whenever possible.





APA Gala 2020

Sunday, JULY 19


5:30 PM

Gala info


Our Excelsior Community Playland group celebrated Lunar New Year on January 23, two days ahead of the actual new year's day. This is a drop-in children's activities program led by parent leaders. Families with young children are provided with an opportunity...

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APA's Visitacion Valley Strong Families (VVSF) family resource center and Mercy Housing co-sponsored the 3rd Annual Sunnydale Community Lunar New Year Festivities on January 28. This event was organized for the ethnically diverse...

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Parent leaders of the Parent Action Grant (PAG) at our Chinatown Family Support Center hosted a Chinese New Year party on January 29 as their first activity of the year. The goal was for their children to learn about the culture through songs and stories and...

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and National Children’s Dental Health Month. We held an outreach event Live & Love Healthy Day on February 21 at the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA. About 40 came by. The children received free books and balloons from a magic show and had lots of fun playing games.


On display were domestic violence exhibits  focusing on (teen) cyberbullying and dating violence; and we set up different tables for information and resources on family support, family oral health, mental health, nutrition, parent-child bonding and community resources.

We took the opportunity to spread the word about the 2020 Census.


In addition to APA Family Support Services, Live & Love Healthy Day community outreach event was supported by Asian Pacific Islander Family Resources Network, City and County of San Francisco, First 5 San Francisco, DOSW, La Casa de las Madres, San Francisco District Attorney's Office, and San Francisco Police Department. Many thanks to these organizations as well as SCDC (Samoan Community Development Center) Wu Yee, SF Department of Elections and San Francisco’s District Attorney’s Office - Victim’s Services Unit for tabling at this event.

APA's mission is to promote healthy children and families by providing family support services to prevent child abuse and domestic violence. We also advocate for culturally competent services for Asians and Pacific Islanders through education, community building and leadership development.
APA Family Support Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency. Your contribution to support APA is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.


Chair  Rose Chung  Asian America Foundation

President  Cary Chen  Recology  
Vice President  Jacqueline Huie First Republic Bank

Secretary  Julie Hoxie  University of California, Berkeley
Treasurer  Joyce Tso, CPA/ABV  ASAM, LLP

Mai-Sie Chan, M.D.  Private Practice
Van Diep  KTSF-TV, Channel 26


Fanny Lam  COMPASS Real Estate

Kory Lam  HSBC Bank (USA)
Susan Sung, Ph.D., Professor Emerita  

San Francisco State University

Dean Yao, Ph.D.  Logi Analytics


Rick Yuen, MSW

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