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Causes: Community Health Systems, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Family Services, Health, Human Services, Immigration

Mission: Focusing on the diverse Asian American community, Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)’s mission is to improve the health, mental health, and well-being of individuals and their families by providing an array of human services. AACI empowers the Asian American community by working collaboratively for equality and social justice. Programs include mental health and primary care health services, health education, HIV/AIDS testing and education, substance abuse treatment, programs for drinking drivers, a center for survivors of torture, programs and shelter for women and children who are domestic violence victims, a senior center, after-school youth programs, community advocacy, and English and citizenship classes.

Results: AACI is the largest community-based organization focused on serving the Asian American community in Santa Clara County. Programs have grown, especially in the last several years.  For example, AACI has doubled the size of its community health clinic since 2005, enabling us to provide primary care health services to more residents. 100% of AACI’s board of directors made a personal financial gift to the agency in the 2007-08 fiscal year.

Target demographics: Silicon Valley residents.  AACI specializes in serving Asian American individuals and families, especially immigrants and refugees.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 8,000

Geographic areas served: Silicon Valley

Programs: Aaci provides an array of high quality health and human services, sharing expertise about the asian community's needs and best service delivery practices, and providing asian leadership in advocating on key health and human services issues. Mental health servicesmental health counseling services include individual, group, and family counseling; case management; psychiatric assessment; and medical evaluation for children and adults. The center for survivors of torture provides clinical evaluation, treatment, and social services to survivors of torture from all countries. The calworks program provides a range of behavioral health and social services that are geared toward helping calworks clients achieve self-sufficiency. 1110 people were served during the year.

health servicesthe primary care health center, a fully licensed federally qualified health center (fqhc), provides culturally competent primary health care services. The health center treats patients regardless of their ability to pay. 2585 people were served during the year.

family violence servicesthe domestic violence program (asian women's home) provides individual and group peer counseling, a 24-hour crisis hotline, housing and employment assistance, case management, legal advocacy support, and an emergency shelter for battered women and their children. This program further reaches out to the community by providing media outreach and educational training workshops for professionals, paraprofessionals, and community groups. 1729 people were served during the year.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) helps so many families in Silicon Valley. Over 30% of the population in Santa Clara County is Asian Pacific American, and AACI is the largest community-based organization focused on serving that population. They have programs that help at-risk youth, victims of domestic violence abuse, survivors of torture, low-income seniors, and families who need mental health counseling. AACI's shelter for victims of domestic violence serves a huge need in our community. Many of their clients do not speak English, which makes leaving abusive relationships even harder. The majority of these women are extremely low-income, surviving on less than $9,000 a year. Luckily, AACI has a comprehensive program to serve these women and their children. Their staff speaks 14 languages and include people who serve as family advocates and legal advocates. Given the wide range of languages and cultural backgrounds of AACI's staff, they are able to help women and children receive food, clothing, a safe place to stay, and a host of free and confidential services. Our community is a better place because of the dedication of AACI's staff.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) excels at providing critical services for people who might have nowhere else to turn. For example, AACI runs the only community health clinic in Silicon Valley focused on serving the low-income Asian community, providing affordable health care to uninsured patients. AACI also runs a Center for Survivors of Torture, which helps torture survivors from all around the world start a new life in the U.S. AACI literally saves lives-- by providing health care, safe shelter for domestic violence victims, counseling, etc.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I first became aware of the good work of AACI more than 20 years ago, when I worked for the County of Santa Clara. AACI had an excellent reputation as a top-notch provider of mental health services and advocacy for civil rights. I was very pleased many years later to work for the organization as an employee. I found the staff to be highly committed and the Board and Executive team visionary.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Asian Americans for Community Involvement does heroic work in the community-- providing mental health services, safety for women and kids who are victims of domestic violence, a senior center, HIV/AIDS testing, after-school youth programs, and the list goes on. The staff are incredible-- working long hours in order to serve the community and speaking multiple languages.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a number of services for my family that helped to maintain the quality of life for my loved ones. They were the only organization that my family members were able to relate to and felt comfortable with their expertise in language and cultural competence.