Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center

Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center

AASCSC’s multiple programs and initiatives include health, housing, healthy baby visitation, seniors, food, mental health, civic engagement, Stop Asian Hate, etc. For government agencies and other nonprofit organizations, AASCSC can serve as a bridge for language capacity and build a referral network where partner organizations are committed to being a

Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center

AASCSC’s multiple programs and initiatives include health, housing, healthy baby visitation, seniors, food, mental health, civic engagement, Stop Asian Hate, etc. For government agencies and other nonprofit organizations, AASCSC can serve as a bridge for language capacity and build a referral network where partner organizations are committed to being a safe space by providing a high level of cultural competency, privacy, and respect. For example, AASCSC seeks to provide a space for healing whether that is through directly or indirectly addressing matters related to their trauma. AASCSC is proud to be an ally to multiple communities, within the AAPI umbrella and outside of it as well. As a part of its commitment to better understand and serve all members of the community, AASCSC regularly participates in trainings hosted by outside organizations to learn their approaches, strategies, and successes. This work is important to AASCSC because its mission is to serve the elderly as if they were our family; AASCSC has expanded its focus to include all members of the community and caring for them as if they were our own. By better understanding how to serve this community, AASCSC believes it will be able to provide a higher level of service and foster a more supportive and understanding community. AASCSC is uniquely positioned to carry this project out because AASCSC has extensive experience serving diverse first-generation and monolingual seniors.

About the Organization:

AASCSC’s multiple programs and initiatives include health, housing, healthy baby visitation, seniors, food, mental health, civic engagement, Stop Asian Hate, etc. For government agencies and other nonprofit organizations, AASCSC can serve as a bridge for language capacity and build a referral network where partner organizations are committed to being a safe space by providing a high level of cultural competency, privacy, and respect. For example, AASCSC seeks to provide a space for healing whether that is through directly or indirectly addressing matters related to their trauma. AASCSC is proud to be an ally to multiple communities, within the AAPI umbrella and outside of it as well. As a part of its commitment to better understand and serve all members of the community, AASCSC regularly participates in trainings hosted by outside organizations to learn their approaches, strategies, and successes. This work is important to AASCSC because its mission is to serve the elderly as if they were our family; AASCSC has expanded its focus to include all members of the community and caring for them as if they were our own. By better understanding how to serve this community, AASCSC believes it will be able to provide a higher level of service and foster a more supportive and understanding community. AASCSC is uniquely positioned to carry this project out because AASCSC has extensive experience serving diverse first-generation and monolingual seniors.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

31+ YEARS

The Issue:

Many first-generation seniors carry trauma from their past lives prior to immigrating to the United States that continue to affect them long after they have left their homelands. This is magnified when Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) seniors also struggle with cultural differences and have limited English proficiency to access services and meet their basic needs. They are overlooked due to their age and often feel dismissed, despite the many gifts and talents they can offer to society. This general attitude towards seniors causes seniors to be one of the most vulnerable and forgotten populations. AASCSC sees that seniors want to and are raising the younger generation. Grandparents are at a different point in their own lives when raising their grandchildren as opposed to their own children and also as elders in the community. Through interacting with youth, the seniors experience healing by interacting with the younger generation and helping others. This challenges some of the stigmas and beliefs the older generation and younger generation hold for each other. AASCSC works to break down stigmas by bringing awareness to topics and issues that are typically overlooked and left unspoken. By having difficult conversations that seniors might not normally openly discuss, AASCSC is able to create a safe space where seniors can feel comfortable enough to open up about their past. Some topics include, but are not limited to, sexuality, mental health, previous trauma, etc. Additionally, AASCSC can help seniors address generational trauma that occurred outside of their control through AASCSC’s services and programs. In its programs, AASCSC raises awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and works to mitigate negative impacts on the younger generation. AASCSC helps bridge gaps in knowledge and in communication that exist due to cultural norms; many feel discomfort and that there are unspoken rules about exploring deeper into family history. This depth of experience has prepared AASCSC to support seniors who have significant struggles with fostering resiliency, tapping into their own wisdom, and building community with healthy social connections.

The Solution:

AASCSC’s multiple programs and initiatives include health, housing, healthy baby visitation, seniors, food, mental health, civic engagement, Stop Asian Hate, etc. For government agencies and other nonprofit organizations, AASCSC can serve as a bridge for language capacity and build a referral network where partner organizations are committed to being a safe space by providing a high level of cultural competency, privacy, and respect. For example, AASCSC seeks to provide a space for healing whether that is through directly or indirectly addressing matters related to their trauma. AASCSC is proud to be an ally to multiple communities, within the AAPI umbrella and outside of it as well. As a part of its commitment to better understand and serve all members of the community, AASCSC regularly participates in trainings hosted by outside organizations to learn their approaches, strategies, and successes.

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