apafss.org  |  May 2019


Counting down...Sunday, JULY 21 is our annual Gala at The Green Room, San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center. Gala sponsorship information, sponsors and donors, and silent auction and in-kind donors can be found on our Gala page. Please email Angie Khong, Angie@apafss.org for information. Below is a list of our major sponsors/donors (to date). 


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, Western States Petroleum Association

Silver: CTBC Bank Corp. (USA), Drs. Richard and Susanne Lee, Preferred Bank, Wells Fargo Foundation, Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation


Friday, JUNE 7, 11 am - 3 pm 

Tenderloin Recreation Center, 570 Ellis Street in San Francisco.


This year, we are collaborating with Tenderloin Recreation Center’s Summer Kick-Off event to bring resources to more families and reach out to other community partners.


APA staff will meet and greet with community members and other providers. There will be volunteers from Cisco and McCarthy Building Companies. Sutter Health CPMC, City Impact, Southeast Asian Art Culture Coalition, Chinese Community Health Care Association and Children’s Multi-Cultural Museum will be supporting the event. We’ll have bounce houses, petting zoo, and a police car and motorcycles on display. We’re expecting twice as many people as in the past.


Silent auction items to bid on...Consider these when planning summer activities with your kids or grandkids. Share this info. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Children's Museum of Sonoma County, CuriOdyssey, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

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Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. According to MentalHealth.gov, "Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act." The website states that mental health problems affect everyone. In 2014, one in five American adults experienced a mental health issue.


It says that: "Even very young children may show early warning signs of mental health concerns..." and "Unfortunately, less than 20% of children and adolescents with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need. Early mental health support can help a child before problems interfere with other developmental needs." Click here for Warning Signs that Your Child May Be Struggling.

In the fiscal year 2018-19, our Behavioral Health Program has provided services to over 50 clients. About 20% of them are adults and 80% are children under 18 years old. 95% of them have had trauma experiences.

APA's Behavioral Health Program provides school-based individual therapy to students from two SFUSD schools in Visitacion Valley and therapeutic group sessions to students. To provide services to more schools and students, We need your help and support.

5 QUESTIONS  With Our Behavioral Health Program Director

Lillian Lai ASW

Lillian is the Program Director of our Behavioral Health Program. In addition to the administrative work, she provides direct therapeutic services to clients. She joined APA in 2015 as an Assistant Program Manager.


Prior to APA, Lillian has been doing community work in the city since 2012, after earning her Master of Social Work degree from San Jose State University. Lillian completed her undergraduate studies in the University of Massachusetts with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is now working on her licensure to become a licensed clinical social worker.


Why did you join the Agency?

Because of the work and the reputation APA has as an outstanding service provider. I want to be involved with a team that is passionate about what they do and apply my skills to support the community. I also appreciate how much APA values professional development in their staff, this allows me to continue to grow as a clinical social worker.


What do you appreciate about the services that APA provides?

APA cares about children and families in San Francisco, providing a broad array of services available to the underserved population. We support them through a holistic and strength-based approach. We empower families by building on their capacities and strengths.


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

APA's services and impact continue to be valued and recognized, and our team grow in numbers and widen our types of services.


Tell us about your family?

My husband and I met at church. We both immigrated to the U.S. from Hong Kong as teenagers. Our companion "Ron Ron," a 5-pound Yorkshire Terrier, might be small in size, but is a big part of our family.


What do you do in your leisure time?

I find cooking very therapeutic. I love watching cooking shows and trying recipes. Also love playing board games with my husband and friends as well as outdoor activities and traveling.


Visitacion Valley Strong Families started the first official Infant Massage Class on May 23. This is a 5-week course held on Thursdays.taught in Spanish. VVSF hopes to offer a class in Cantonese during the summer. Infant Massage is also provided at our Chinatown Family Support Center.


Our certified staff trainer demonstrates massage techniques and guides the moms by working on a doll. Daily infant massage is a great way to bond with the baby. It was developed by Vimala McClure for her own babies. An obvious outcome is improved sleep pattern. "When you give your baby a massage you're actually stimulating her central nervous system," explains Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine.


Financial Literacy Workshop: On May 21, CTBC's Financial Relationship Officer Gary Li and his team gave a presentation at our Chinatown Family Support Center. There was a good turnout and parents received helpful information on home buying. CTBC provided tote bags to all as a token of their appreciation for their attendance.

We'd like to acknowledge and appreciate how our previous client supports and donates to pay it forward to our Chinatown clients with goodie bags from Bayer where he is currently employed.

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APA Children's Day event was held on April 19 at our North Beach/Chinatown office to promote child abuse prevention awareness month through positive child development, healthy family activities, resource sharing. 

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In April APA collaborated with other Chinatown family resource centers for a National Month of the Young Child Chinatown Playdate event at the Betty Ong Recreation Center. It celebrated early....

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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 -- April 15 - May 2019 Donations

Title Level: Sutter Health CPMC

Gold Level: Recology

Silver Level: CTBC Bank Corp (USA)

Bronze Level:  Bank of the Orient, Mai-Sie Chan, M.D., East West Bank, Fallon, Bixby, Cheng & Lee/Lucy Lee, GBC International Bank

Magenta, Inc. (monthly), Shanghai Commercial Bank, Dr. Li-Hsien Wang Family Charitable Fund

Friends of APA: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (USA) N.A.

$500 - $999: Chinese Community Health Care Association

$100 - $499: Anonymous donations via Facebook, Sam Yup Benevolent Association


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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