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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Family Services, Homeless & Housing, Housing Support, Human Services, Religion

Mission: Korean churches for community development (kccd)'s mission is to advance the asian american community's participation, contribution, and influence through faith-based and community partnerships. To achieve this mission, kccd strengthens the communities in which we serve by building the capacities of asian american faith and community organizations, assisting low-income community members, and working to revitalize neighborhoods. To date, we have garnered over 300 partners across the nation, ranging from the white house to fortune 500 companies, local non-profit organizations, and key institutional stakeholders.

Programs: Kccd housing counseling agency assists potential home owners in the purchase of their first home by providing home buyer education, financial literacy, and counseling. Prospective home owners learn about government down payment assistance programs, escrow, and related topics that will equip them to purchase a home and be an informed, smart buyer. To date, kccd has educated and trained over 8,000 potential buyers. Kccd also provides an 8-hour neighborworks certificated homebuyer education class. Kccd is also a hud approved housing counseling agency. For our homeownership program, kccd has received numerous awards including the hope award from the national association of realtors.

o mental health collaborative and speakers initiative o job trainingo leadership development training o lighting the community summit mental health collaborative and speakers initiativekccd has implemented activities centered on reducing mental health stigma and discrimination, while also promoting mental health awareness and access. In 2008, kccd hosted "wake up call! Asian american youth at risk: faith & community leadership summit" in partnership with the substance abuse and mental health services administration (samhsa), which covered topics such as "asian youth at risk and "challenges facing our youth". Kccd also produced a directory of available mental health resources to increase ease of access for aapi community members. Recently, we were also one of 12 communities selected from across the country by samhsa to strengthen faith and community partnership in mental health. Job trainingkccd has trained a range of disadvantaged and underserved youth and young adults from various programs such as americorps vista, transitional subsidized employment (tse) job training, the summer youth program, computer classes, and by also providing internships to students from partner universities and schools. These programs equip youth and young adults with critical administrative and leadership skills, as well as experience with government relations, event programming, fundraising, partnership development, and navigating resources. Leadership development trainingkccd has trained over 3,000 faith and community leaders through leadership development workshops, conferences, and speaking engagements. Since 2008, kccd has also served as host and co-host for professional development conferences in los angeles and washington, dc that train nonprofit, corporate, and government leaders in capacity building and leadership development. Lighting the community summitthe lighting the community summit is a national conference that brings together policy makers, elected officials, funders, corporations, pastors, media, community leaders and others devoted to community development. It provides a forum for collaboration, engagement and dialogue, as well as training/workshops to address key economic and social issues, such as housing, small business, mental health, immigration reform and human trafficking, amongst others. The event also provides partnership and networking opportunities.

digital literacy and broadband access - kccd has implemented a digital literacy program that enables low-income families and seniors to gain a breadth of knowledge and experience on how to leverage and use technology to access critical information resources. Disadvantaged groups such as low-income families, limited english speakers, seniors, and marginalized ethnic groups do not have equal access to technology, internet, and other resources due to linguistic and socioeconomic barriers. To address such challenges, we have partnered with the california public utilities commission, california emerging technology fund, and 1736 family crisis center to address the digital divide and also provide linguistically-appropriate computer classes that teach essential skills such as how to navigate the internet, use social media, and utilize vital software such as microsoft word, excel, and powerpoint.

foreclosure prevention counseling under nfmc - kccd provided families and individuals counseling for home owners who are having difficulties making their monthly mortgage payments. Foreclosure prevention under kyhc - kccd assisted families and individuals to avoid foreclosure by providing services under keep your home california - unemployment mortgage assistance/mortgage reinstatement program/principal reduction program/transition assistance program.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KCCD provides wonderful opportunities for its community. I have only volunteered for a short time so far, but they have been very welcoming, and I have already felt that I am making a difference.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known of KCCD's work for nearly eight years. Hyepin is one of the most visionary, intelligent, and dedicated professionals in the nonprofit sector. I am constantly impressed with the breadth, depth, and quality of KCCD's community involvement; they are a model for sound information, effective advocacy, and practical capacity building. To achieve what they have achieved in such a short period of time is truly remarkable. While I have not personally benefited from KCCD's services, I would recommend them, without reservation, to anyone whom I thought needed their help. In short, I am a huge KCCD fan!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I strongly command KCCD for its leadership and role as a leading Asian American community in economic development and social services. I believe KCCD has shows its strongest impact in Asian American Home Preservation and Foreclosure Prevention efforts, which still today many Asian American families are swamp by the wave of foreclosures. KCCD has been a sole service provider in this arena since the very beginning, and has been a very few agencies across the country, including all the service providers, that produced great results for very people who needed help. It's an awesome organization, and hope they win the prize for more great work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD) continues to make monumental impact to the communities throughout Southern California and nationwide by their passion of service and voluntarism. They provide straight answers, professionalism, expertise, and with utmost candor to the clients need. KCCD help communities to navigate their access to resources and funds in order to assist low income individuals and revitalize neighborhoods.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to this organization because I know the money is going to a good cause. Not only do they provide an e-mail of KCCD news, they try to be in the news by influencing policy or helping the community. Much under appreciated organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered for KCCD and learned much from the time I spent there. The impact of KCCD in the community was an inspiring experience for community involvment. KCCD goes to the source to create change.

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Jin K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KCCD is the largest and oldest HUD approved Asian Pacific American Organization providing free housing counseling and foreclosure prevention services. Their program has saved over 250 families avoid bank foreclosures and preserve over $82 Million in assets. They save lives!

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Nittaya Pichedvanichok

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have involved with KCCD for the Home Preservation and Prevention of Foreclosure Program. They are the most outstanding in giving the seminars in assisting with other ethnic groups e.g. Thailand and others.

They had help out with three seperated occasions at Wat Thai Los Angeles, Wat Padhammachart and at their offices to continue to provide the services to the home owners.

I must stated that KCCD is working hard and with pure hearts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for 15 years. It reaches out in so many ways to the Korean community and others, and assists wherever possible to organize and educate everyone they CAN reach in the ins and outs of American bureacracy: in mortgage lending; American traditions and culture; and relationship counseling.

KCCD provides real service and care to this community.

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