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    H A P P Y  H A L L O W E E N   apafss.org  |  Oct 2016

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

GRATITUDEAcknowledging our Gala Sponsors, Donors, Grantors, Silent Auction Bidders, and Volunteers
APA Family Support Services' Gala on July 24 at The Green Room, San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center is our major fundraising event for the year. Thanks to all who all who made this Annual Gala a success.
 
TITLE SPONSOR:  Sutter Health CPMC
PLATINUM SPONSORS/DONORS:  Cathay Bank • Gayle Chan, Cary Chen, and Cory Chen
GOLD SPONSORS/DONORS:  Recology •  SHP Foundation • Wells Fargo
SILVER SPONSORS/DONORS:  Kaiser Permanente • Clare & Wayne Leung • Drs. Richard & Susanne Lee • Venable Foundation
BRONZE SPONSORS/DONORS BUILDING FUND DONORS:  ASAM, LLP • Bank of the Orient • Calvin Louie • Celia Chang & Cary Chen • East Star Building Supply Co. Inc. • East West Bank  • First Republic Bank • HSBC  Lana Toy (in loving memory of Stanley M. & Virginia T. Toy) • Mai-Sie Chan • MassMutual Financial Group • Miss Asian Global Pageant • Morrison & Foerster Foundation • Portsmouth Plaza Parking • Preferred Bank • Sam Yup Benevolent Association • San Francisco Chinatown Lions Club • Shanghai Commercial Bank • Tanya Slesnick • Umpqua Bank • Unicorn Consulting
 
See Gala images: PHOTOS-1 and PHOTOS-2
 
Silent Auction Continues... Baby shower gifts, $50 each (valued at $200). We have baby bedding sets donated by the distributor to support APA and gift wrapped into "Cupcakes." For details or to purchase, please call (415) 392-0645 or email angie@apafss.org
 
Gala 2017 on JULY 16  Next year marks APA's 30 years of serving API families and new immigrants in San Francisco from our beginnings at SF General Hospital to 8 service locations city wide. Mark your calendar for our Gala celebration on July 16, 2017. We return to the Green Room, SF War Memorial & Performing Arts Center for the event.
 
Building Partnerships
APA and YMCA
APA's Family Support Center (FSC) is now providing services and running programs at the Chinatown YMCA. The address is 855 Sacramento Street (between Grant and Stockton). The FSC's office is located in Room 106 with the administrative office located upstairs.
 
In this partnership, funded by First 5, Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the Human Services Agency, APA family resource center programs are being held in YMCA's various meeting rooms. Larger facilities mean APA can have larger capacity to serve more. These programs include Discovery Land, Early Literacy Children's Book Club and Lending Library, Women Support Group, Parent Education Class. We will be able to host our Chinatown Thanksgiving Fun Day and agency wide APA Family Holiday Party in the auditorium/gym. This model of partnership will allow our families to have full YMCA memberships that provide access to recreation, family activity, afterschool and other programs in the evenings and on weekends. For some families living in very tight quarters, the YMCA can act as Chinatown's living room with a wide array of additional family supportive services. Memberships are an added cost, but Urban Fam, APA's young professionals volunteer group, have stepped up to raise the funds for this innovative model.
 
Community Center Grand Opening on September 14
The opening of the Visitacion Valley Community Center at 66 Raymond Avenue was marked by a ribbon cutting event with the Mayor, Supervisor Cohen, Dr. Maria Su of Department of Children, Youth and Families, Shireen McFadden of the Department of Aging and Adult Services, and other agency officials. The event was conducted with great fanfare and recognition, including APA as the Master Tenant of the facility. Self-Help for the Elderly runs their senior meal program there on weekdays. Additional community services are provided by another tenant, Asian Pacific American Community Center (APACC). More recreation and youth services will be provided in the coming months. Along with the adjacent 50 Raymond property, APA is responsible for a key recreational and service campus in Visitacion Valley.
 
Client Success
Tim, a 52-year-old restaurant worker from China, suffered a debilitating stroke at work 6 months after he had gotten a clean bill of health from his physical checkup. First sent to CPMC's Emergency Room, he then spent ten days in their ICU, unable to talk or walk and with impaired vision.
 
He was only married three years to a recent immigrant -- a woman in her early thirties. Both of them spoke only Cantonese. Isolated due to a lack of extended family in the area and the language barrier, and with an 18-month-old son plus a baby on the way, Tim and his young family seriously needed help. Find out more about this success story, please click here.
 
New Faces of Our Team
A warm welcome to team members who joined APA since July.
Case Manager, Weiling Zhu, is working under the supervision of Susan Dip, Program Manager, for our SafeStart program.
Family Advocate, Lily Zhen, is working under the supervision of Amy Yu, Program Director, for our Family Support Services program at YMCA Chinatown.
Counseling Program interns Stephanie HaCorey Price, and Yvonne Ulloa are working under the supervision of Lillian Lai, Assistant Program Manager.
Social Services Program intern Hannah Burgett is working under the supervision of Amor Santiago, APA's Executive Director and Jack Siu, Program Manager.
 
Internship at APA Family Support Services
This is an excellent opportunity for students in their senior year of college or recent graduates to gain some hands on experience in the area of health and social services.
 
For Public Health Internships, please contact Amor Santiago at (​415) 361-7978 or amor@apafss.org.
For Counseling Internships, please contact Lillian Lai at (​415) 802-9229 or lillian@apafss.org.
For High School and College Internships, contact Jack Siu at (​415) 370-4097 or jacksiu@apafss.org.
 
APA/API Back to School Health Event
BEE Smart! BEE Healthy! Workshop on September 17 at APA's main office in Chinatown attracted a great turnout of 96 families. The majority of the participants at this outreach event are new and potential clients. Backpacks and school supply kits were handed out along with children books, oral health kits, tote bags, and water bottles.
 
California Department of Public Health staff was on hand to inform the community about environmental health and the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Project. APA staff provided flyers and information for our community outreach projects – healthy fish consumption, PG&E's new residential rate, household safe cleaning and maintenance.
 
 

APA's Year-end Events for Families and Children
Gathering within the neighborhoods builds families and communities. At our community events, parents and children can have the time to enjoy each other, participate in some fun and games, enjoy cultural experiences, and learn about available community resources.
 

November 19, 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 19, Thanksgiving Fun Day and Outreach for APA Clients in Chinatown 
• Partially funded by: Paragon Real Estate Group Community Fund 
EVENT INFO

December 17, APA Family Holiday Party for All APA Clients 
• Partner: National Association of Asian American Professionals / NAAAP SF Bay Area
• We are reaching out for sponsors and volunteers to help make this a very special event. Please contact Amy Yu, our Program Director at Amy@apafss.org for information. 
EVENT INFO 

 
GIVING November, TOY DRIVE December
Year-end charitable giving? Actually it is not too early to put it on your list. We hope you will support our programs and DONATE ONLINE. Any amount is appreciated.
$50 - allows us to purchase diapers to distribute to 10 families
$100 - provides for snacks and arts & crafts materials for our parent-child interactive groups for a month
$250 - pays for childcare and meals for parents who participate in our activities but have no childcare
$500 - enables 10 families to join us on our annual Family Excursion Day
 
For our TOY DRIVE, your gift of $25 will be used to purchase a nice, age-specific present for a child attending our annual APA Family Holiday Party.
To pay by check, please mail your donation to:
APA Family Support Services
10 Nottingham Place
San Francisco, CA 94133
 
 
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Please support our work to prevent domestic violence, please consider a donation to this cause.
 
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  |  Susan Sung, Ph.D., Professor Emerita  San Francisco State University
Dean Yao, Ph.D.  Jinfonet Software  |  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR   Amor Santiago, DPM, MPH
 
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