apafss.org  |  June 2019


APA/APIFRN’s annual Community Family Day on June 7, sponsored by CPMC Sutter Health, was a collaborative event with Tenderloin Recreation Center to kick off the summer. We had 196 adults, 236 kids and 20 staff, plus over 66 community partner providers and volunteers participating in the event.

Marcia Trimble, author and publisher, donated over 500 of her books to our children during the event to promote family literacy and learning during the summer. Volunteers from McCarthy Building Companies helped distribute the books to the children and worked at our game booths and stations with the children.

Volunteers from Cisco-Meraki assisted the children’s interaction with the animals at the petting zoo and served food for participants.


Event sponsor Sutter Health CPMC set up a Teddy Bear Clinic to engage and educate the kids, and each child received a teddy bear.

This year’s collaboration included San Francisco Police Department, SF City Impact, Southeast Asian Art Culture Coalition, Chinese Community Health Care Association, NICOs and Chinatown Child Development Center to name a few. Health information and community resources were shared with families.

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Sunday, JULY 21, 5:30 pm 

The Green Room, 401 Van Ness Avenue, SF.


This year marks APA's 32nd anniversary of providing services to San Francisco's low-income API and other ethnic communities. Since 1987, we have expanded our service locations to eight sites in five neighborhoods; from providing perinatal and family support services to developing community, and taking an active role in causes related to health and nutrition.


Over 80 percent of our funding is from government contracts, but we need to be responsible for the rest of our budget through fundraising. The annual Gala is our major fundraising effort. We are truly grateful for the support of sponsors and donors for the Gala and during the year.

An updated list of our high level sponsors and donors

Sustaining: Magenta, Inc.; Title: Sutter Health CPMC; Platinum: Cathay Bank Foundation, Robert Joseph Louie Memorial Foundation

Gold: ASAM, LLP(Joyce Tso / Julia Luk), Gayle Chan / Cary Chen / Cory Chen, HSBC USA, Recology, SHP Foundation, Western States Petroleum Association; Silver: CTBC Bank Corp. (USA), Kaiser Permanente, Drs. Richard and Susanne Lee, Preferred Bank, Walmart Associate Resource Group, Wells Fargo Foundation, Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation


Click here for the complete list on our Gala Page.


Responsive Case Management Helped Keep This Family Together

On a Thursday evening, HSA (Human Services Agency) referred a family with a single mom and 17-year-old twin daughters to us as Differential Response clients. A CFT (Child and Family Team) Meeting was set for 4 pm the next day. This case was immediately assigned to a Case Manager because it was crucial for the family to build rapport with her as quickly as possible. As this case had already been substantiated, we knew that if another situation like this happens again, both daughters would be removed from the mom...

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5 QUESTIONS  With Our Board Chair

Rose Chung

Rose is renowned in the Bay Area as a former Miss Chinatown USA. Since receiving her title in 1981, she has continued serving the community in various charitable and leadership capacities. Rose has served on the Board of APA Family Support Services for 28 years. She was recently honored by SF Hep B Free for her decade-long effort to bring awareness about chronic hepatitis B in the API community.


In 1985 she founded the Miss Asian Global Pageant which provides opportunities for young women to develop their character, professional and leadership skills through community service. In 2015, the Pageant extended their program to create the Imagine Talks Conference for women empowerment, entrepreneurship, and social impact. She helped start other pageants in various Asian ethnic communities, such as Vietnamese, Filipino, and Thai, to name a few.

Why did you join the Board?

APA is an organization that my mom needed. She became a widow with 5 daughters between the ages of 3-13. She did not speak English, so she had a lot of stress raising her family. Like many Chinatown parents of her generation, she was verbally abusive to motivate us to do better. Thus, I was a kid with a lack of confidence and had a negative self-image. Had there been an agency like APA, it would have helped her overall well-being to know there was support for her.


What do you appreciate about the services that APA provides?

I appreciate the dedicated staff that serves our clients. They are our compassionate heroes who provide excellent service and care to our clients.


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

To see APA continue to collaborate with other social service agencies so that we can provide more wrap-around services to our clients.

Tell us about your family?

I am the youngest of five girls with two surviving sisters. We are close and rarely have disagreements like our teenage years. One day, when my mom caught my sister and I physically fighting, she calmly told us we had to get along for life. With this rare gentle demeanor as she made her statement, it was her greatest lesson for us siblings. 


What do you do in your leisure time?

I am founder of the Miss Asian Global Pageant which is going on its 34th year. Community service is a great passion of mine. I thrive on being able to make a positive impact on people's lives. Year-round there are other activities I volunteer for such as coordinating the cultural procession for the Mayor's APA Heritage Month Ceremony; emceeing for family association spring banquets, the Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival and the Coalition of Asian American Government Employees to name a few.

Financial Literacy Workshop: On June 14 HSBC's Kory Lam, Vice President and Roger Pei, Premier Mortgage Consultant, gave a presentation at our 10 Nottingham Place main office. It was a good turnout and we have new participants from the community. The attendees asked a lot of questions about first time home buying, our presenters have to go overtime in the Q&A session.


Each year, we are privileged with college interns’ placement at our centers for their service learning practicum. This year, SJSU ChAD students’ Prince Sun and Marisol Barragan helped with our playgroups in ...

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Expectant and new moms​ joined our May Community Baby Shower. They received information on self-care wellness, perinatal health resources, and nutrition. We encourage them to enroll in our services for new moms.

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On May 11 and June 8 Visitacion Valley Strong Families hosted SPCA outdoor clinics to provide vaccination and flea treatment services. This is now a monthly event on every second Saturday for... 

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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.
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Received -- June 1-17, 2019 Donations

Platinum Level: Cathay Bank Foundation

SHP Foundation

Silver Level: Kaiser Permanente

Clare and Wayne Leung

Bronze Level:  Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

Magenta, Inc. (monthly)

Friends of APA: Mai Mai Ho

$100 - $499: Jake Bordeleau, Glenda Dameron


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

Stephen Koh, CLF  MassMutual Financial Group

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, Assistant Dean Emeritus, Stanford University 

Amor Santiago, DPM, MPH

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