#GivingTuesday – Make a Donation Toward Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence

November 27th is #GivingTuesday – a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Everyone as a collective can emphasize what it means to give back together.

Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday aims to inspire people to collaborate and give back to their communities to help those in need.

In this season of giving, please consider donating to Center for the Pacific Asian Family and join us in creating an Asian and Pacific Islander community that embraces healthy relationships and works in partnership with other communities to eradicate all forms of violence. Celebrate our 40-year journey, honoring those who have stood alongside survivors of domestic and sexual violence and who work tirelessly to end violence.

Ways to GIve:

CPAF
3424 Wilshire Bl., Ste. 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Thank you for your consideration and for your support of the families we serve.

#cpaforg #keeprising #violenceawareness #giveback #CPAFmonthofTHANKS #NationalGratitudeMonth


CPAF’s 40th ANNIVERSARY GALA – HIGHLIGHTS

CPAF’s 40th ANNIVERSARY GALA – HIGHLIGHTS

It’s National Gratitude Month and we would like to express our deep gratitude to all who supported CPAF’s 40th Anniversary Gala on Friday, September 21, 2018. More than 400 participated in the celebration at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens that raised more than $200,000 to support CPAF’s 40 years of engaging the community to end domestic and sexual violence through culturally-grounded crisis intervention and violence prevention.

  • We were delighted to have ABC7’s David Ono serve as emcee for our galaDavid Ono is the anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4pm and 6pm, the top rated newscasts in all of Los Angeles. He also anchors Eyewitness News on KDOC-TV at 7pm.
  • 40th Anniversary Chair and CPAF Board Member Erwin Pineda welcomed guests and thanked fellow committee members, including Brittany Morey, Willy Ma, and Culinary Co-Chairs Dan Fan and Elaine Chan.
  • Gala guests heard from a former CPAF resident and survivor of domestic violence, who has since earned a degree and who now works at a full-time job.
  • Scott Iseri, Board Chair for our community partner, Project MotiVAte, spoke to partnership in building healthier and safer communities, starting with youth: “…we have partnered up with CPAF in a healthy relationships curriculum, where leaders from CPAF came to our weekly study halls and provided a series of workshops, bringing awareness of the different types of domestic violence and opening a dialogue where youth can explore these ideas in a safe space.”
  • Our staff, volunteers and friends helped create a festive and supportive atmosphere with Hands of Hope Jewelry, Yasuko’s Boutique, and “Experience the CPAF Journey”, an interactive installation demonstrating initial contact a survivor might make through the hotline to the realities of living in a shelter.

2018 CHAMPION FOR CHANGE AWARD PRESENTATION: DEBRA NAKATOMI

Left to Right: Judy Belk, The California Wellness Foundation; 2018 Champion for Change Award Recipient Debra Nakatomi, Nakatomi & Associates; Roselma Samala, CPAF Board President; Debra Suh, CPAF Executive Director.

Judy Belk, President and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation, introduced CPAF’s 2018 Champion for Change Honoree, Debra Nakatomi, President, Nakatomi & Associates. Judy joined CPAF Board President Roselma Samala and CPAF Executive Director Debra Suh in presenting the award to community leader Debra Nakatomi for her leadership and accomplishments in building healthier and safer communities. Learn more about our honoree here.

CULINARY PARTNERS

Culinary Co-Chairs Elaine Chan and Dan Fan and their committee invited and organized 10 Culinary Partners, 4 Beverage Partners and 2 Dessert Partners. We are so thankful to our partners for donating their talent, time and energy to create an exciting culinary experience for our guests. We’ve included links below to learn more about our wonderful partners – please support them and share our thanks for their contributions!

CULINARY PARTNERS:

Barbara Jean LA – www.barbarajeanla.com

Cento Pasta Bar – www.centopastabar.com

Chinese Laundry – www.chineselaundrytruck.com

Daw Yee Myanmar Corner – www.dawyeesilverlake.com

Joy – www.joyonyork.com

Mama Musubi – www.mamamusubi.com

Oba – www.obasushi.com

Pearl River Delta www.facebook.com/pearlriverdeltaLA

Sticky Rice – www.eatstickyrice.com

The Ceviche Stop – www.instagram.com/cevichestop

 

 

 

BEVERAGE PARTNERS:

Chimney Coffee House – www.chimneycoffee.com

Ketel One – www.ketelone.com

Mira Laguna Vineyard – miralaguna.com

Three Weavers Brewery – www.threeweavers.la

 

DESSERT PARTNERS:

B Sweet Dessert Bar – mybsweet.com

Café Dulce – cafedulce.co

 

GIFT BAG SPONSOR:

Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer – www.morgantaylorlacquer.com

 

 

 

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: THE INSPIRATION

 

The Inspiration band closed the event with their signature brand of dance-inducing musical entertainment. We are grateful for the group’s continuing support to CPAF, and thankful to all the great musicians and vocalists for donating their talent, time and effort to bring fun and joy to this year’s gala:

Tony Ryan – Guitarist/Vocalist

Marc Bosserman – Keyboard/Vocalist

Stan Cotey – Keyboard/Guitarist/Vocalist

Abdul Latif – Bass Player

Willy Ma – Guitarist/Vocalist

Tyler Ryan – Drummer

Bob Sullivan – Percussionist

Paul Litteral – Horn Player
Michael Mull – Horn Player
Jim Scimonetti – Saxophones/Flutes/Vocalist
Craig Kupka – Trombone Player
William F. Jordan – Lead Vocalist
Casey Chong – Vocalist

 

MANY, MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS WHO MADE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE!

CHAMPIONSHIP SPONSOR

 

LEADERSHIP SPONSORS  
 

 

Janice & Wade Oshiro

 

PARTNERSHIP SPONSORS Anthony Caminiti

Bank of America

CCL Holdings Ltd.

CPAF Legacy

Daren Mooko & San Tong

Debra Nakatomi & Bob Miyamoto

Downtown Properties Management Services, Inc.

Friends of Debra Nakatomi

Hong/Lange/Ryan/Yeung

Ho-Sheng Lin & Fernanda Lin

The J. Morey Company

Judy Lam

Kaiser Permanente

Kim-Pineda

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

Nakatomi & Associates

Nossaman LLP

SoCalGas

Song Law Group

TRI Construction, Inc.

Valero

ADVOCATE SPONSORS Able Engineering

Alan & Yvonne Nishio

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles

Code Particle

Daniel Fan

Debra Suh & Robin Toma

Esperanza & Mitchell

First 5 LA

Jane & David Cole

Joann & Dan Lee

Lisa & Ed Pai and Friends

LKP Global Law, LLP

May Ma & Patrick Ross

Naomi Uyeda

Open Bank

Peace Over Violence/ Friends of Debra Nakatomi

Rebecca & Eric Lee

Roselma Samala

Universal Cargo

AMBASSADOR SPONSORS Caroline Choe & Jin Chun

Grace Whitcomb

Jay J. Chung

Ken Raphael

Korean American Bar Association of Southern California

Lawrence Lee

Linh Ma

Little Tokyo Service Center

Maribeth Annaguey

Rose Cheung


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.


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!