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Community Based Organizations

Community-Based Oganizations

Korean Resource Center (KRC)

The Korean Resource Center (KRC) is a non-profit organization located in the heart of Los Angeles' Koreatown. KRC provides various social, educational, cultural and advocacy services to the low-income, limited-English speaking Korean community. As a significant number of Koreans consume fish from the Santa Monica Bay area, KRC utilizes culturally and linguistically appropriate means to educate the community about the dangers of eating contaminated fish.
The Korean Resource Center is organized around four core functions: education, social service, civil rights and culture. The Center provides education programs in African American, Latino, and Asian Pacific American history, community forums on social justice issues, Korean classes for young adults, Korean-American bi-cultural adaptation, computer internet training, and tax clinics. It also provides social services including renters’ assistance, Healthy Families & Medi-Cal assistance, language services, elderly services and immigration assistance.


Inbo Sim, Korean Resource Center
Christine Soyong Harley, Korean Resource Center


Community-Based Oganizations

Community Resource Council

Acting as a bridge between FCEC and affected local ethnic populations, the Community Resource Council provides critical feedback and insight as to how to most effectively reach at-risk communities. The Council serves in a consultative capacity by providing recommendations and insight to maximize the effectiveness of FCEC’s Community Outreach Program. FCEC has had the opportunity to work with two outstanding individuals through the Community Resource Council: Yolanda Lasmarias and Dr. Howard Wang. Yolanda Lasmarias joined the Community Resource Council in March 2008 and has since been an invaluable resource in providing insight as to how to reach at-risk Filipino communities in Los Angeles County. As a Nursing Administrator for LAUSD for the past 32 years, Lasmarias has also provided FCEC the opportunity to speak with and educate school nurses in close proximity to the contaminated area. Dr. Howard Wang is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Executive Director of the Student Health and Counseling Center at California State University, Fullerton. Since joining the Community Resource Council in March 2008, Dr. Wang has assisted FCEC in identifying potential Chinese community-based organizations to further expand the scope of FCEC’s outreach efforts. Dr. Wang has also provided FCEC with the opportunity to inform the Asian community at the University about local fish contamination, while also providing critical insight as to how to reach the larger Chinese community within the San Gabriel Valley.


Community-Based Oganizations

St. Anselm’s Cross Cultural Center

Since 1976, St. Anselm’s Cross Cultural Center has empowered Vietnamese immigrants to lead healthy and self-sufficient lives in American society. Following the collapse of the Republic of South Vietnam, St. Anselm’s has played an integral role in creating the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam in the Orange County area. The center currently serves over four thousand Vietnamese immigrants and refugees a year through the efforts of numerous social and economic welfare programs. These programs include: citizenship classes and ESL classes; immigration and naturalization services; employment services; refugee marriage education; health and wellness services; family basic needs; emergency transportation; non-emergency transportation for seniors; and social adjustment. Due to the organization’s strong local focus, rich history and wealth of community outreach programs, St. Anselm’s acts as a powerful voice and devoted advocate for Vietnamese community members throughout Southern California.


Anh Nguyen, St. Anselm Cross Cultural Center


Community-Based Oganizations

Boat People SOS

A national organization with nearly three decades of experience, 17 branch offices, and a diverse collection of over 20 domestic programs, Boat People SOS is a key institution in the Vietnamese community. For 26 years, Boat People SOS has worked towards empowering, equipping and organizing Vietnamese American communities in their path towards self-sufficiency. The organization’s numerous social and economic programs serve approximately 10,000 refugees and immigrants a year. Local services include computer and vocational training for newly arrived immigrants and refugees at the organization’s Community Technology Center (CTC). The local Westminster branch also offers ESL classes, citizenship preparation classes, weekly self-help group meetings, an oral history of Vietnamese torture survivors, as well as public health advocacy. Together, these programs create a web of services that address the intertwining and compounding effects of unmet needs experienced by immigrant families.


Tiffany Nguyen, Boat People SOS