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Trails Forever...

APA has already been working with The Presidio to bring families to the outdoors even before this pandemic. We look forward to offering certain programs outdoors, on a limited basis, when our clients and staff are ready to resume in-person activities.

Victor Tong, our Assistant Program Manager, collaborated with The Presidio to create this promotional video and talk about the impact of open space has on our client families.


Domestic Violence Awareness

In recognition of DV Awareness Month in October, we hosted a Domestic Violence Outreach and Education Seminar on Oct. 26 This virtual event included a domestic violence presentation, yoga, mindfulness, self-care arts and crafts workshop for mothers, and peer support discussion and resource sharing.


APA staff and our college interns are developing a DV education and advocacy video to spotlight what domestic violence looks like in our community and the impact on children and youth exposed to domestic violence and their abused parents. APA’s DV victims’ and survivors’ stories will be shared. Click HERE for Jessica's story. 


These college interns are also working on a culturally-targeted social media project to outreach and educate the API community on Domestic Violence signs and resources.

Over 240 DV related calls were received by the Child Protective Services between June to September.

5 QUESTIONS  With Our Board Member

Van Diep came from Vietnam to Nebraska in 1984 as a refugee. He then worked as a social worker in Seward County Community College’s Refugee program, where he helped Southeast Asian immigrants adjust to their new lives in Kansas. Van received numerous hours of training in mental health, counseling, and crisis prevention. He has also served on various advisory boards.


In 1990, Van joined the independent Asian television station, KTSF Channel 26. As an Associate Director of New Media and Political Specialist, he helps business owners and politicians plan their TV advertising campaigns. Van has been on APA’s board of directors for over 15 years. He currently serves on the Program committee.

Why did you join the Board? KTSF has a core commitment to community service. Serving on the Board is my way of fulfilling this commitment as an employee of KTSF. Besides representing KTSF in community involvement, being a part of the Board is a way to remind myself of where I came from, how I got here, and what I’ve been through. I believe the best way to show my appreciation to those who have helped me along the way is by not only expressing gratitude through my words but also through my actions. Spending my own time and energy to give back to those who are in a similar situation as I once was is the most meaningful way I can think of.

What do you appreciate about the services that APA provides?

I appreciate that APA is able to provide quality services to underserved immigrants by helping them foster a healthy and happy family life. APA has a great group of skillful and experienced staff, working tirelessly to help the immigrant community regardless of their ethnic background.


What would you like to see APA accomplish for the future?

Get more recognition by higher level government agencies and large corporations, so that APA will have a chance to grow in capacity and strength.

Tell us about your family?

My wife and I have two beautiful children; they are precious gifts from God. Our daughter has graduated from UCSC and plans to continue her education to become a Physical Therapist. Our son is currently working towards a B.S. in Computer Science at UCSC. 


What do you do in your leisure time?

I enjoy spending quality time with my family, watching movies, and cooking. I also love to do some financial planning for relatives.


Halloween Reimagined

Our parent-child interactive groups of preschoolers had a fun and spooky time engaging in Halloween activities over Zoom. They sang (children friendly) scary songs, led by our staff, and read scary books. Everyone got goodie bags, mini pumpkins included, for participating.

The children with our Visitacion Valley Strong Families’ Play and Glow group learned about the Day of the Dead, how they too could to do their own commemoration, and made paper mache flowers. They got a chance to showcase their homemade costumes and their pumpkins that were in their goodie bags.


Our Chinatown Discovery Land group made a healthy scary snack together over Zoom and wrapped up the session with a Halloween costume contest. Please click button to see the winners.


DECEMBER 1 is Giving Tuesday 

Your GIVING TUESDAY donations will go toward supporting our multilingual Family Stressline and Behavioral Health program.


Some people struggle with mental health and wellness due to increased stress, anxiety, and fear. They are unable to adapt to the new and fluid sense of normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic and Shelter-in-Place mandate.


In FY 2019-2020, 488 individuals and families benefited from APA's case management and counseling services. Over 134 clients received our behavioral health services (80% are youth under 18). More than 927 participants are served at our weekly community food pantry in Visitacion Valley. Since the Shelter-in-Place mandate, 4,213 families have received food, diapers, hygiene supplies, and clothing from us.

We will be sending a Giving Tuesday - Season of Giving email in the coming weeks.

Unprecedented times. Unprecedented election.

Every vote counts

Prior to NOVEMBER 3, please mail in or drop off your ballots at official drop-off locations. Or vote in person on Tuesday, November 3.


Click HERE for polling locations in California and voting information.

Thank you for joining together in building stronger families.
All good wishes to you & yours,

Rick Yuen, Executive Director

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Our 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)

Jennifer Ng, M.D.  Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
Susan Sung, Ph.D., Professor Emerita  

San Francisco State University

Sonya Trac  Comerica Bank, Northern California

Dean Yao, Ph.D.  Mode Analytics


Rick Yuen, MSW

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