apafss.org  |  September / October 2018 


We are pleased to report a net of $196,000 plus from the gala celebrating our 31st year of service. Many thanks to the generosity of our event sponsors, donors, and gala attendees, especially those who participated in our raffles and silent auction. As a tradition, Miss Asian American Pageant contestants help us sell raffle tickets during the gala. Volunteers oversee the very popular gift card sales table in the foyer and volunteer teams manage the silent auction display item tables in the loggia outside of the Green Room. We are very appreciative of our many volunteers on the gala and silent auction teams. 

Title, Platinum, Gold, and Silver level sponsors and donors are invited to pose for group photos. Pictured above are (l-r) Rose Chung, APA Board Chair; Amor Santiago, APA Executive Director; Eva Lee, Board Member of Robert Joseph Louie Memorial Fund (Platinum level donor); APA Founder, Dr. Don Wong; Cecilia Thomas, Health Programs Manager of Sutter Health CPMC Community (Title sponsor); Kenny Tse, Regional VP of Cathay Bank (Platinum level donor); and Cary Chen, APA Board President.

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ABC7 NEWS STORY  Washer/Dryers for Our Client Access

APA's two family support centers in Visitacion Valley have each received a washer/dryer from Moms Against Poverty (MAP) for our clients to access, if necessary, so their children can have clean clothes to wear to school. On October 4, ABC7's Cheryl Jennings interviewed us at our 1704 Sunnydale Ave. site as part of a report on MAP's charitable activites. The story aired on October 5 on the 6 pm news ABC7 News ABC7 Community Affairs.

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MAP also provides a Hygiene Pantry for our clients in Visitacion Valley, stocked with deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and shampoo. The personal care products are significant to maintaining health and preventing disease. Homeless children, or children living in impoverished homes, often face health consequences, embarrassment from lack of hygiene and the school district reports that school attendance by these children increased by 25% when they had access to clean clothes, laundry, and personal care products.


MAP recently hosted its 11th annual gala in San Francisco to raise funds for global and SF Bay Area charitable activities.

APA BOARD  New Member

On Board

A warm welcome to Rick Yuen who joined our Board of Directors in July. He was the Judicial Officer and is Assistant Dean Emeritus at Stanford University. Rick's Stanford career started in 1989 as the first full time Dean and Director of the Asian American Activities Center where he created student resources to enhance mentoring, leadership and innovation with undergraduate and graduate students. He also served as the Dean overseeing freshman class council activities. In 2005, Rick was appointed appointed Judicial Officer to provide outreach and to investigate alleged violations of...

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PROGRAM  New Support Group

Beautiful Moms

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. We are starting a new 12-week support group "Beautiful Moms," that meets weekly. The 12-15 participants are new or expecting moms and or women at increased risk of domestic violence. The purpose is to build women's confidence, enrich them with life skills, and connect them to resources. The group is designed to help women develop an understanding of what love and respect means in their life and how it starts first with finding (love in) oneself. We also want to introduce and increase the use of appropriate relaxation and coping mechanism when necessary. They will share their stories and engage in activities such as makeover, yoga and cooking. 


We are looking for sponsors to fund the activities. $100-$200 will help to support a cooking session, a makeover session, or a self-care session. Please contact Angie Khong, angie@apafss.org, for details.


APA is presenting an exhibition -- Breaking the Silence 2018: See DV "Inside Out" to promote awareness on domestic violence for the community. Date, time, location as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10 am - 2 pm at APA's main office, 10 Nottingham Place

Friday, Oct. 26, 10 am - 2 pm at our Visitacion Valley Strong Families, 50 Raymond Ave.

Saturday, Oct 27, 12 pm - 2 pm at the Ingleside Branch Library, 1298 Ocean Ave.

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PROGRAM SUCCESS  Onward To A New Life Without Domestic Violence

A young mother contacted our APA Family Stressline because she was experiencing postpartum depression. She had no desire to leave the house. Staff invited her to attend our support group and Discovery Land to meet other new moms. She confided to our staff that she was experiencing low self-esteem and was a victim of verbal and physical abuse by her husband...

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Please support APA's Domestic Violence programs. Your donation in any amount is appreciated.

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DONATIONS  Many Thanks

Building Fund Gifts Thanks to the generosity of Michael and Margaret Cheng, and their building fund gift of $26,000, we will have resources to do needed repairs before the rainy season to APA's Nottingham Place headquarters in Chinatown/North Beach. We would also like to acknowledge the SHP Foundation for its $10,000 gift each of three consecutive years, and the Vincent V.C. Woo Foundation for a one-time gift of $20,000 for our building fund.

In Memory Of...Hang Fa Fan, our first Family Visitor, passed away in August at the age of 91. She was hired by APA founder Dr. Don Wong as a home visitor for the Early Parenting Project (the precursor to APA) in 1982. She became the model and helped define the position of Family Visitor. Hang Fa was part of APA's team for 20 years, retiring at age 75. We are grateful for the donations made in her honor and memory, from former colleagues and former clients.


APA Breaking the Silence 2018  See DV "INSIDE OUT"

Domestic Violence Awareness Exhibition Week.

Wednesday, 10/24/2018, 10 am - 2 pm

 -- at APA Family Support Services, 10 Nottingham Place, SF

Friday, 10/26/2018, 10 am - 2 pm

 -- at Visitacion Valley Strong Families, 50 Raymond Ave., SF

Saturday, 10/27/2018, 12 pm - 2 pm

 -- at Ingleside Branch Library, 1298 Ocean Ave., SF

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Visitacion Valley Family Center Open House 2018

Saturday, 10/27/18, 11 am - 2 pm

 -- at 50 and 60 Raymond Avenue, SF

This event is free and open to the public

Come learn about the different services at the Family Center.

Enjoy BBQ lunch, meals for seniors, family fun, community resources.

Join the raffle drawing for the chance to win prizes.

Complimentary flu shots are available.

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A Tooth Mascot and a giant toothbrush helped promote awareness that "Baby Teeth Do Matter." APA facilitates the District 10 CavityFree SF Oral Health Task Force...

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Backpack GIveaway at the Sunnydale Community Room was on August 16. At least 300 backpacks were given away at this community event. Visitacion Valley...

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Visitacion Valley Family Center has a new Community Nutrition Program provider, Project Open Hand (POH). This organization has been serving the community at the...

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Our S T E A M Program enrolled 13 students in this 10-week course in June. Students engaged in a variety of projects that involve science, technology, engineering,...

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Summer Read and Learn had ten students participating in July, meeting twice a week for eight sessions. The curriculum included phonics besides reading and writing. In...

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The Superheroes Class trains parents and children together, in ten sessions, on how to use their superhero powers and feel safe. This is a parent/child skills-building...

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Chair  Rose Chung  Asian American 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

Stephen Koh, CLF  MassMutual Financial Group
Fanny Lam  Pacific Union International

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

San Francisco State University

Dean Yao, Ph.D.  Jinfonet Software

Rick Yuen, Assistant Dean Emeritus, Stanford University 

Amor Santiago, DPM, MPH

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