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    A U T U M N  is In The Air  apafss.org  |  November 2017

         This is our quarterly newsletter to keep you posted on our work, activities, and events. 

GRATITUDE - Acknowledging our Gala Sponsors, Donors, Grantors, Silent Auction Bidders, and Volunteers
We want to extend a huge thank you for helping to make our 30th anniversary gala a big success, raising over $179,000. We are honored to have APA founder Dr. Don Wong and his family and friends present at this July 16 event. Please SAVE THE DATE: July 22, 2018, APA Gala. CLICK for photos and more.
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2017 APA GALA TITLE SPONSOR:  Sutter Health CPMC
PLATINUM SPONSORS/DONORS:  Cathay Bank Foundation; Gayle Chan, Cary Chen, and Cory Chen; Robert Joseph Louie Memorial Foundation  GOLD SPONSORS/DONORS:  HSBC USA; Recology; SHP Foundation; The Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation  SILVER SPONSORS/DONORS:  Kaiser Permanente; Drs. Richard & Susanne Lee; Wayne & Clare Leung; Julia Luk; Preferred Bank; Venable Foundation; Wells Fargo Foundation  CLICK for more listings
 
Visitors From Korea
Happy Family Global Initiative Program: On 9/22/17, a group of eight students from the department of Family Welfare, SangMyung University in Seoul toured our offices at 10 Nottingham Place and our Family Support Center at the Chinatown YMCA. Led by Professor Geum-yong Lee, this student group was sponsored by their government's Happy Family Global Initiative Program to learn about social services agencies in USA. SF Bay Area and Los Angeles were selected because of the racial and ethnic diversities.
Pictured at the center is Alexander Nguyen, APA's Community Development Manager, who hosted this visit. Behind him is Professor Lee. On the far left is the group's translator, an international student from UC Berkeley. CLICK for photos.

Program Director, Farmmary Saephan; Behaviorial Health Program Director, Lillian Lai; and Program Coordinator, Ethan Zhang were present for the Q&A session and shared information. Assistant Employment Program Manager, Marco Cheng, gave a Powerpoint tour of the Employment Program. To add a little bit of fun after the Q&A, everybody got to ascend the spiral staircase to the executive office and take in the stunning view from the rooftop deck.
 
See DV "Inside Out" from an APA Perspective
October was Domestic Violence Awareness month. Taking a stand against domestic violence, we have organized an exhibit for the public to learn about the different types of DV. At the exhibit were symbolic tribute displays representing clients’ stories and their experience of domestic violence. APA's community, volunteers and staff contributed to the exhibit's SuperPower Garden of over 1,000 plus paper flowers. The exhibit was on October 28, 30-31, at APA's office at 10 Nottingham Place, San Francisco.

CLICK for more exhibit images.
 
Recovering From Domestic Violence

Seven years ago, Emily came to the United States with her husband, Bill and their 3-year-old daughter to be reunited with her husband’s family, and to have a better life and opportunity. Since coming to the U.S., Emily gave birth to two boys. She was a stay-at-home mom while Bill was the breadwinner of the family. However for whatever reason Bill accused her of cheating. Emily had to endure frequent verbal and emotional abuses.

One night, Emily was... To read more about this client story, please click here.
 

UPDATES
Grant Funding
Awards: $50,000 from Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) for providing behavioral services​ at Visitacion Valley Elementary School.
$100,000 from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for providing mental health services.
New Roles, New Faces for Team APA
Congratulations and Welcome...
Promotions: Alexander Nguyen, Community Development Manager; Trung Nguyen, Case Manager; Victor Tong, Program Coordinator; Ethan Zhang, Program Coordinator
New staff: Daisy Fung, Safestart Case Manager; Comelia Johnson, Case Manager; Joely Kuang, Program Assistant; Jasmine Lam, Family Advocate; Christine Meng, FES Program Assistant; Renea Smith, Mental Health Clinical Supervisor
Here is the link for our STAFF Directory.
Behavioral Health Program interns: Emma Ashley-Roth, Vivian Agustine, Sarah Khwaja, Sai Vang
Public Health Program interns: Raymond Gandia, Daniel Vuong
Recent Events
In Chinatown/North Beach  To get our preschoolers to 8th graders ready and excited about going back to school, APA organized an event on August 3 to provide them with new backpack, school supplies, and books. Staff and volunteers were there to assist with disseminating information and resources for parents to help their child achieve academic success for the upcoming school year. Parents for Public Schools and Innovate Public Schools were our Back to School event co-presenters. CLICK for more.
At Sunnydale  Sunday, August 17 was Sunnydale's Annual Backpack Giveaway and Community Cleanup. Residents of Sunnydale's development devoted their morning to helping in the neighborhood clean up. After lunch at the Sunnydale Community Room, the kids received new backpacks, enjoyed games, and even got haircuts if so desired. Over 500 backpacks filled with school supplies were given out. Information for useful resources for the participating families was disseminated. CLICK for more.
 

APA was at the annual Autumn Moon Festival Street Fair in San Francisco Chinatown. During this weekend event, we reached approximately 220 families who visited our booth on September 30 and October 1.

APA's Chinatown Family Support Center team at the 22nd Annual Chinatown Community Health Fair on October 14. Over 30 community-based organizations convened at the Chinatown YMCA to promote "Prevention is Better than Treatment." Oral health and healthy eating were our focuses.
 

Upcoming Events for APA Families and Children
November 18, Healthy Thanksgiving Community Meal and Fair in Visitation Valley 
Hosts: APA and River of Life Church in San Francisco 
Sponsor: Sutter Health CPMC 
Please join us!  EVENT INFO
November 18, Thanksgiving Party for APA Clients in Chinatown
EVENT INFO
December 17, APA Families Holiday Party for All APA Clients
EVENT INFO
We are reaching out for sponsors and volunteers to help make this a very special event. Please contact Farmmary Saephan, our Program Director for information, at farmmarysaephan@apafss.org.
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Cheers! Holiday Toys Fundraiser
December 7 Toy Drive Fundraiser. Happy Hour at Mr. Tipple's5:00-7:00 pm, 39 Fell Street, SF
Raising funds to purchase toys for our clients. 
Please join us for craft cocktails and live jazz. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to purchase 500 toys/gifts. 
We accept donated, new, unwrapped toys, too. Thank you!
. Invite your friends. EVENT INFO 
A portion of the drink proceeds will be donated to our Toy Drive. Please help us reach our goal.
If you prefer to give online, here is a link to our donation page.
GIVING November
Year-end charitable giving? 'Tis the season. GIVE online.
Examples of the ways in which your cash donation impact us:
$50 - A child receives backpack & supplies for school readiness and success
$100 - Provides one session of Accelerated ESL Class for new immigrant & refugee families  
$250 - Provide four sessions of case management to a Domestic Violence family
$350 - Supports a month of parent-child interactive group  
$500 - Allows for 10 isolated families to join our annual Family Excursion Day

 
TOY Drive
Help us put a smile on a child's face this holiday season.
Your gift of $20 (or more) will be used to purchase a nice, age-specific present for a child attending our December 17 APA Family Holiday Party. Our goal is to have 481 toys/gifts, representing an amount of $9,620, through monetary and toy donationsGIVE online.
To donate new, unwrapped toys, please drop off OR mail to us at the address below.
To donate by check, please mail to:
APA Family Support Services
10 Nottingham Place, San Francisco, CA 94133
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS   
Chair  Rose Chung  Miss Asian Global Pageant  |  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  |  Stephen Koh, CLF  MassMutual Financial Group
Fanny Lam  Paragon Commercial Brokerage  |  Kory Lam  HSBC Bank (USA)
Susan Sung, Ph.D., Professor Emerita  San Francisco State University  |  Dean Yao, Ph.D.  Jinfonet Software 
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR   Amor Santiago, DPM, MPH
APA Family Support Services
10 Nottingham Place, San Francisco, CA 94133  |  apafss.org  |  info@apafss.org
 
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