apafss.org  |  November / December 2018 

BREAKING THE SILENCE

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On October 24, 26 and 27 one hundred plus visitors signed in at our domestic violence awareness exhibition See DV "Inside Out". Domestic violence often occurs alongside child abuse. "Days Through Tomorrow," a video that we have produced as a Child Abuse Education and Advocacy Project, was screened at this multi-media exhibit. We plan to share the final cut of this video with the community in the future. APA will receive $65,000 as part of a three-year $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice...

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A visitor listens to audio recordings of verbal abuse scenarios while another snaps a picture of the display to share on WeChat. Each t-shirt hung on the clothesline of our version of the Clothesline Project at the exhibit shows information about domestic violence on children. In a video segment of "Days Through Tomorrow," clients share their experience of domestic violence and the impact it has on their emotions and lives.

APA BOARD  Congratulations to Our Board Chair

Be A Hero Award

San Francisco Hep B Free - Bay Area celebrated its 11th Annual Be A Hero Awards Gala & Fundraiser, themed Together We Can on October 19. Our own Board Chair, Rose Chung, was one of four awardees to receive the Be A Hero Award (and superhero cape). The Gala was held at The InterContinental San Francisco. Rose used Facebook Fundraisers to appeal to her network and receive donations for this cause.

 

San Francisco has the highest liver cancer rate in the nation. It is estimated that one in ten people in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community has an undiagnosed infection. APIs are up to 100 times more likely to suffer from chronic hepatitis B infection and four times more likely to die from liver cancer compared with the general population. It is called the "silent killer" because a significant portion of patients who are...

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS  Fundraisers

Toy Drive Happy Hour Thursday, November 29

Toy Drive fundraiser at Mr. Tipple's, 5 - 8 pm.

39 Fell Street, San Francisco

Invite your friends and colleagues!

 

Please join Urban Fam (APA's young professional group) for craft cocktails and live jazz. Drink proceeds will go towards this Toy Drive. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to purchase 500 toys/gifts. Donations of new, unwrapped toys are also welcome.

 

Can't join us for the happy hour? Please help and give online (or mail a check payable to APA at 10 Nottingham Place, San Francisco, CA 94133). Your gift will be used to purchase an age-specific present for a child attending our December 16 APA Families Holiday Party. Help put a smile on a child's face. THANKS!

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Run/Walk for Physical & Mental Wellness Saturday, March 3, 2019 at 8 am, Year of the Pig 2019 Chinese New Year 5K/10K Run/Walk. Registration is now being accepted. Fee: $38 till December 31, and $43 January 1 - February 24. 

 

This is a first: the funds raised through your participation will directly support APA's physical and mental wellness programs for our clients. Even though this is a fundraiser for Chinatown YMCA, we will be benefited from runners who register through APA (Details to come). Please consider signing up as a team -- with your friends, family or colleagues. You can register as a participant, purchase this as a gift, or even transfer your registration. 

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November 27 is GIVING TUESDAY Started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday, Cyber Monday), the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has since become a global day dedicated to giving back. It is a different way to get into the holiday spirit.

 

Here are examples of the ways in which your donation, any time of the year, can impact APA:

• $50 - A child receives backpack & supplies for school readiness and success
• $100 - Provides 1 session of Accelerated ESL Class for new immigrant families  
• $250 - Provide 4 sessions of case management to a Domestic Violence family
• $350 - Supports 1 month of parent-child interactive group  

LINK to our secure online donation form.

UPCOMING EVENTS  Holidays

The 7th Annual Healthy Thanksgiving on November 17 in Visitacion Valley is sponsored by Sutter Health CPMC. Kids will receive CPMC Teddy Bears at their booth.

APA's Visitacion Valley Strong Families and River of Life Church are the hosting partners. This Thanksgiving party is open to the public from 11 am - 4 pm at 1430 Sunnydale Ave.

A traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served. Many community resource agencies will be there. Activities include a petting zoo, face painting, rock climbing wall and much more.

Thanksgiving Event For Chinatown Clients will be held at APA's main offices on November 17. 40-50 families will be invited to a  Thanksgiving lunch with children activities and games. This is an opportunity to outreach and inform attendees of community resources and our programs that are helpful to them.

APA Families Holiday Party on December 16 is an agency-wide event at the Chinatown YMCA. Some clients from our Visitacion Valley and Excelsior family support centers will be attending also. Volunteer opportunities are available to help with set up, photography, children activities, food serving, and clean up.

To make the holidays a little brighter, each child will receive an age-appropriate toy or gift provided by our non-profit partners, donors, or purchased with funds raised from our Toy Drive Happy Hour. For the children who are unable to attend, the presents will be gifted at a later date through their parents.

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  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 
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  

Amor Santiago, DPM, MPH

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