CPAF’s API Youth Forum 2018

 

 

On July 27, 2018, CPAF brought together youth from Long Beach, Orange County, and San Gabriel Valley for our annual API Youth Forum. Our event provides a safe and engaging space for youth to learn about building healthy relationships in their personal lives and in their communities. This year, our forum featured workshops on empathy and bystander intervention led by youth leaders themselves. These workshops were designed to equip youth with the knowledge and skills to support their communities striving to be free of violence. The youth also enjoyed an incredible performance by Theatre of the Oppressed, the InterACT Troupe from Cal State University of Long Beach, who travels around the world educating crowds about the issue of sexual assault in an engaging, transparent, and powerful way. They certainly made a lasting impression on our youth (some of whom, we discovered, would make great actresses and actors themselves).

We want to thank our amazing community of partner organizations and volunteers for lending their support to make this such a great event. And a special shout-out to the youth leaders who put in hours of learning and practice in order to educate and empower their peers to join the movement to end violence. YOU ARE AN AGENT OF CHANGE IN THE WORLD. We are so proud of all your work and the work we do together!

We hope to continue our work in educating and mobilizing youth across our communities and we hope you’ll join us in the larger movement to prevent teen dating violence and abuse.


CPAF Receives $40,000 Grant from the John Gogian Family Foundation

Last year, the John Gogian Family Foundation’s capacity-building grant supported CPAF’s all-staff retreat at Toyota USA Automobile Museum.

 

The John Gogian Family Foundation has provided Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) with a $40,000 general operating grant. This core operating grant will support CPAF’s mission to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and consequences of family violence and violence against women.

With the Foundation’s support, CPAF will enhance community outreach and engagement strategies to meet its goal of preventing and ending domestic and sexual violence in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities.

As CPAF’s dating violence prevention programs for API youth have grown, CPAF has seen a correlating increase in reports of sexual violence in the high schools served. When survivors are provided with safe and trusted spaces, they are able to reach out for support and begin to heal. Funding from the John Gogian Family Foundation will sustain CPAF’s youth leadership programs and provide training to equip community partner organizations to be able to address disclosures from minors and gain knowledge about state laws on mandated reporting.

Additionally, the John Gogian Family Foundation contributed a $2,500 capacity-building grant for staff and Board development purposes. These funds can cover the cost of training beyond annual compliance and routine certification, such as retreats, conferences and workshops.

CPAF appreciates the opportunity to continue its partnership with the Foundation in the movement to end all forms of violence in Southern California and beyond.


Bank of America Contributes $15,000 Grant to CPAF

On June 26, 2018, representatives from Bank of America presented CPAF’s Shelter Program Director, Patima Komolamit, with the grant check.

Bank of America has contributed $15,000 in operating support for CPAF’s services for homeless Asian and Pacific Islander (API) survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The grant will help the low-income, limited English speaking families residing in CPAF’s shelters to increase their economic resources in the upcoming year.

This operating support will sustain and enhance CPAF’s trauma-informed services, which respond to the needs of survivors who have difficulty obtaining jobs due to limited English proficiency, lack of a work history in the United States, and lack of community connections due to years of isolation and abuse. CPAF also offers workshops focused on financial literacy, budgeting and finding jobs, provided in API languages such as Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese. These resources help survivors exit from the shelter and transition into permanent housing, establishing a safe home for themselves and their children.

CPAF is thankful for Bank of America’s continued support which helps to meet the critical needs of the individuals and families we serve.


CPAF’s Shelter Program Director Recognized as SCESA SHERO

SCESA SHEro

We are pleased to announce the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA) has named CPAF’s Shelter Program Director, Patima Komolamit, as one of their 15 “SHEroes” in honor of their 15th anniversary this year. Over the past 15 years, SCESA has been a leading voice for Women of Color in the anti-sexual violence movement, centering the voices of Communities of Color and especially Women of Color.

Thank you for recognizing Patima’s leadership and tireless efforts in advocating for communities of color, especially in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Read Patima’s full interview here.

We salute you, SCESA, and congratulate you on 15 years of advocating and lifting up the voices and experiences of Women of Color. We stand together with you in partnership with many to build healthy communities free of violence.


Bank of Hope Contributes $20,000 Grant to CPAF

 

CPAF received a $20,000 general operating grant contribution from Bank of Hope to support CPAF’s emergency and transitional housing programs, which shelter and provide counseling and case management services to low- and moderate-income survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in 30 Asian and Pacific Islander languages and dialects.

 

We are thankful for Bank of Hope’s support which helps CPAF meet the critical needs of the individuals and families we serve. We appreciate partnering with Bank of Hope to build healthy and safe communities and nurture change together.

 


CPAF Receives $75,000 Grant from S. Mark Taper Foundation

Funding to Support Programs for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

We are thrilled to announce that the S. Mark Taper Foundation has awarded Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) a $75,000 grant to sustain and enhance its programs for underserved Asian and Pacific Islander (API) survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

With the S. Mark Taper Foundation’s support, CPAF will be able to meet the critical needs of the individuals and families we serve during a time of significant organizational growth. CPAF recently integrated with sister DV-organization, Asian Pacific Women’s Center, moved to its new community center location, and is expanding program services.

For 40 years, CPAF has served low-income APIs and offered services in more than 30 languages and dialects to meet the needs of Southern California’s diverse API communities. The Foundation’s essential general operating support will enable CPAF to expand its direct services and capacity to better serve API immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence. CPAF’s programs are free of charge and include a 24-hour crisis hotline and intervention services, emergency and transitional shelters, community outreach and engagement, and prevention.

Seventy-five percent of survivors at CPAF’s shelters speak little or no English and have been economically isolated by their abusers, who restricted access to employment, resources and means for economic independence. Almost all (90%) shelter residents are below the federal poverty line, with the majority entering with no income. CPAF’s mission is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and consequences of family violence and violence against women. CPAF is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of Asian and Pacific Islander women and their families.

“We’re so appreciative of the S. Mark Taper Foundation’s generous gift, which comes at a particularly exciting time for CPAF,” said CPAF Executive Director, Debra Suh. “As our organization enters its fortieth year of serving the Asian and Pacific Islander community, we’re planning for the next forty years and continuing to engage the community to help end domestic and sexual violence.”

Suh added, “Now, more than ever, we must help immigrants who may fear fleeing their abusers due to their immigration status. Everyone deserves a life free from violence, and CPAF is here to support survivors as they transition from crisis to safety and healing.”

Founded in 1989, the S. Mark Taper Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives. CPAF looks forward to partnering with the Foundation to build healthy and safe communities and nurture change together.


Giving Thanks

Thank You for Your Support!

This season, we are especially thankful for all of you who support CPAF and the families we serve. We give thanks to those who fund the change we bring about together.

We wish everyone a peaceful and safe holiday weekend. Thank you for joining CPAF as we nurture change together.


Nov. 28 is #GivingTuesday: Up to $50k in Matching

#GivingTuesday - Nov. 28 - CPAF Fundraisers

In honor of #GivingTuesday, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are contributing up to $2 million in matching to donations made through Facebook on November 28th.

How can you help? As a supporter of Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) we’d be honored if you would take this opportunity to show your commitment to our work by creating a Facebook fundraiser and sharing with your friends on #GivingTuesday.  Creating a fundraiser is easy and we welcome fundraisers with any goal amount.

Here’s how to create a fundraiser:

  • Go to https://www.facebook.com/cpaforg/fundraisers/
  • Click “Raise Money”
  • Select a cover photo option
  • The title and CPAF’s mission are pre-populated – feel free to tell your story, add an end date and a goal
  • Be sure to include #GivingTuesday in your description, then click “Create”
  • Then on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28th, share and invite friends to give to your fundraiser

Where will the money raised go?

CPAF operates the only Asian and Pacific Islander (API)-language crisis hotline for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Southern California, and the only rape crisis center tailored for API survivors state-wide. Families stay at CPAF’s safe and confidential shelters when they move from crisis to safety and healing. CPAF conducts community outreach to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault, and partners with community-based organizations to deepen violence prevention strategies with API youth.

  • $1,000 pays for a week of summer activities for our youth at our shelters
  • $500 gives a stipend to a survivor to get job training or take English as a Second Language
  • $250 supplies a housewarming basket for families moving into their new home.
  • $100 funds a workshop on dating violence prevention for Asian and Pacific Islander youth.
  • $50 provides one night of emergency food and shelter for a family.

Donations to nonprofits made through Facebook’s charitable giving tools on November 28th will be matched up to $50,000 per nonprofit or $1,000 per fundraiser or donate button, until the $2 million in matching funds run out. The match will begin at 8AM EST (5AM PST).

Thank you for your support. Let’s nurture change together.


A Year in Review: CPAF’s 2017 Annual Report

On behalf of everyone at Center for the Pacific Asian Family, THANK YOU! CPAF would not be able to provide its prevention, intervention, shelter, outreach and community engagement services without the generous support of our funders.

Head over to Resources to view our latest Annual Report for fiscal year 2016-2017.

After more than 17 years as partners serving survivors of domestic violence, CPAF and Asian Pacific Women’s Center (APWC) integrated to enhance our capacity to serve the diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities of Southern California.

As a unified organization, we look forward to continuing to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through linguistically-appropriate and culturally-specific services. Thank you for your generosity as we embark on our new chapter together.

FY 2016-17 Annual Report Highlights:

– In December 2016, CPAF’s Community Center moved to a larger facility in a more easily-accessible Mid-Wilshire location.

– In December 2016, CPAF completed a comprehensive renovation of its Emergency Shelter facility’s kitchen.

– In March 2017, CPAF integrated with sister agency APWC, adding 24 beds to its Transitional Program.

– This year, CPAF helped lead the movement to increase language access and build capacity in the community, both locally and state-wide.

o The City of Los Angeles selected CPAF to implement a project to increase language access for limited English speaking survivors at partner domestic violence organizations, and to strengthen CPAF’s Language Bank of bilingual volunteers, who support translation and interpretation needs of partner agencies.

o CPAF is one of six partners in the Multi-Year Language Access Resources (MYLAR) Project, which provides state-wide trainings for participants to learn how to adopt a diversity framework, enhance leadership and budget strategies, and increase language access at their workplace, all in reference to serving victims of crime more effectively throughout the state.

– CPAF’s Prevention Program experienced a 77% increase in youth participation over the previous year.

Continue following our blog for information about upcoming events as CPAF enters its 40th anniversary year in 2018!


CPAF Gala – A Sneak Peek at What’s to Come on Friday, September 22

Gala - Sneak Peek!

CPAF Gala – A Sneak Peek at What’s to Come on Friday, September 22

The CPAF Gala for Change is coming up soon on Friday, September 22 – here’s a preview of the evening:

6-8PM Food Tasting & Silent Auction

A reception featuring dishes prepared by 12 of SoCal’s finest restaurants – get your taste buds ready! Learn more about our Culinary Partners below.

8-9PM Program & Awards Presentation

Our theme is Together We Rise, in celebration of CPAF’s recent integration with Asian Pacific Women’s Center (APWC) – we united to expand our capacity to serve the community.

We are pleased to announce ABC7’s David Ono will serve as emcee for our gala this Friday. David Ono is the co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4pm and 6pm. He also anchors with Coleen Sullivan on Eyewitness News on KDOC-TV at 7pm.

Join us as we honor Susan Hirasuna, anchor/reporter, Fox11 News, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Nixon Peabody LLP with our Champions for Change award for their incredible volunteer spirit! Read more about our honorees here.

9-10PM Live Band Entertainment

The Inspiration is a dance band with a full-on horn section playing funk, disco, soul and rock to make for a high-energy performance for this gala. Band Leader Tony Ryan has also served as The Inspiration’s musical director for the past two CPAF galas. We are grateful for The Inspiration’s continued support to CPAF.  We are thankful to all the band members for their donation of their talent, time and effort to bring fun and joy to our gala again this year.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: CPAF Gala General Admission tickets are $200 and reserved seating tickets are available at $500. For a complete listing of sponsors, participants and to purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit the CPAF gala page.

Food Tasting Reception Sneak Peek: Featuring Our Culinary Partners

We are so thankful to our Culinary Partners who are donating delicious food AND their time and talent to make our food tasting an delightful experience! Learn more about their culinary specialities below.

Returning Culinary Partners

Ayara Lūk

Ayara Lūk is a pop-up operated by Chef Vanda Asapahu, who also owns Ayara Thai and they return to participate in their 3rd year with CPAF’s gala. Their changing menu is small and curated to feature favorites from Ayara Thai and they feature environmentally-conscious ingredients. They were one of the first restaurants to introduce the Northern Thai style curry noodles dish soi koi to Los Angeles.

Read more about Ayara Lūk here.

Barbara Jean

Barbara Jean serves quintessential Soul Food with a focus on the roots of African American cooking.  Long time supporter of CPAF, Chef Jason Fullilove is also known for dinner series called RED at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) created tasting menus and meals directly inspired by current art exhibits, live readings and the films of Stanley Kubrik & Danny Boyle.

Read more about Barbara Jean here.

Chicas Tacos

Chicas Tacos is a downtown taqueria inspired by the food of the Valle de Guadalupe region and Carmela (a.k.a. Chica), the woman who inspired the restaurant’s bold flavors of Mexico.  Three native Californians – Chris Blanchard, Jon Blanchard, and Nico Rusconi who opened Chicas, grew up traveling to Mexico as kids where they cultivated the appreciation of the food of the region.

Read more about Chicas Tacos here.

House of An

The House of An has a culinary approach is based on the principles of Eastern Medicine, rich in anti-oxidants and healthy herbs, made from the finest ingredients, used only when they are in season and at their freshest. This family business comes from three generations of women from Vietnam who rose from the loss of home and country with the fall of Saigon to their relocation to America and building a multi-million dollar food and hospitality empire — their restaurants include Tiato in Santa Monica, Crustacean in Beverly Hills, and Anqi in Orange County.

Read more about House of An here.

Osteria Vicario

Chef Matt Dhillon and Osteria Vicario have participated in the CPAF Gala in both 2015 and 2016. Their menu changes often to showcase the best of what is in season.

Read more about Osteria Vicario here.

Phorage

Chef Perry Cheung heads up Phorage, a Vietnamese eatery offering fresh, local and sustainable ingredients.  Cheung was recently just on  Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay and also won on The Esquire channel’s Knife Fight and Culinary Battles 2014.  This is their third year joining us for the CPAF Gala.

Read more about Phorage here.

TikiFish

New Chef Lionel Killens focuses on reintroducing bright coastal flavors to Los Angeles and recently opened a Playa del Rey location.  He returns this year to CPAF to bring the flavors and beach vibes of Hawaii and Mexico with favorites like ceviche and poke that goes beyond the usual tuna and salmon.  Tikifish builds in the DIY concept where to can personalize bowls from a variety of rotating fish and sauces, with options for uni, crab salad, and more.

Read more about TikiFish here.

New Culinary Partners

Chaya Downtown — Chef Inoue continues Chaya’s legacy as a pioneer in Franco-Japanese cuisine. He has also introduced a Japanese fish market program to the restaurant, with a renovated Kaisen raw bar and tableside whole fish presentations.

Commerson is a centrally-located, late-night spot with gorgeous ambiance and they serve American fare.

Read more about Commerson here.

Emporium Thai Cuisine

Emporium Thai Cuisine focuses on Southern Thai cooking and is a family owned business that has been voted best Thai food by Thrillist, LA Magazine, and the Culture Trip.  They support the local growers and nearby farmer markets where they get their fresh seafood, meats and produce daily.

Read more about Emporium Thai Cuisine here.

Gloria’s Restaurant & Bar

Gloria’s Restaurant & Bar serves a wide array of Mexican cuisine and are known for their parrilladas and their special off-menu ceviche that includes guacamole, “the way Juan eats it.” They also serve amazing chicharron and tripe so be ready for a food adventure.

Learn more about Gloria’s Restaurant and Bar here.

Red O features Mexican dishes as well as prime steak and seafood and an extensive tequila selection, brought to you by Rick Bayless, who carries the title of Bravo’s 2009 Top Chef Master.

BEVERAGE PARTNERS

Special thanks to our Beverage Partners for providing tasty drinks for our guests!

Peking Tavern

  • Participated 2014; and again in 2016 with baijiu cocktails – we are excited to have them back!

Ketel One

  • Participated every year since first food tasting (2014)
  • Signature cocktail Violet’s Ketelit’s purple in commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October)

Lotte Beverage America

  • Beer and soju pair well with the special dishes at our reception

Mira Laguna Wines

  • New this year – looking forward to this lovely syrah from Solvang!

 

DESSERT PARTNER

Café Dulce

Café Dulce is a Little Tokyo/DTLA Arts District staple that serves coffee and desserts.  You might remember when they made bow-topped Hello Kitty donuts and lattes during Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt, as part of the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Celebration.  Donut flavors include options like Green Tea Brick Toast, Red Bean Roti, and seasonal Pumpkin Spice Roti. Congrats to Café Dulce – soon to open location #3 at USC Village!

Read more about Café Dulce here.

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