On Wednesday, October 10th, UC Davis Health in coordination with Advocate Sacramento and Asian Pacific Community Counseling hosted a World Mental Health Day conference. This event was held to help Asian Americans understand mental illness and it’s impact on culture and family.
Asian and Pacific Islander community
Sacramento is a city made up of many different cultures and types of people, allowing for it to be one of the most diverse environments in California. The Asian and Pacific Islander community are some of the many different communities in Sacramento and combined are becoming some of the biggest in the region.
As a growing population with not a lot of cultural support in the area, many Asian and Pacific Islander women and families find themselves in trouble. My Sister’s House is the only non-profit organization in the Central Valley that specifically aids the highly diverse Asian/Pacific Islander community against domestic violence.
My Sister’s House provides community outreach and education on domestic violence, a multilingual 24 hour helpline, a new six bed transitional house, a Women to Work Program and the Safe Haven Shelter.
The Safe Haven Shelter is the only long term shelter that serves the specific needs of the highly diverse Asian populations. The shelter serves to women in need who are in abusive relationships and are in search of an escape in a world they are unsure of.
“We purposely operate as a small shelter because we feel it fits the cultural appropriateness,” states My Sister’s House Executive Director, Nilda Valmores. “Asian women, especially immigrants, aren’t used to the giant city bureaucracies so we want to provide somewhere where they feel comfortable enough for them to receive help,” Valmores continues with.
Domestic violence shelters are places where victims go because it is necessary for their safety. Since they often provide not only a place to stay but a variety of programs and activities to aid in the healing process, The Safe Haven Shelter makes an effort in creating an environment that can feel like home and not a temporary institution. The Safe Haven Shelter has workers and volunteers that speak native languages of the Asian/Pacific Islander community as well as serving Asian style meals to help the women feel safe while staying in the shelter.
The Safe Haven Shelter is a long term program for women to stay in because it is designed to not only help women recover, but get back on their feet and into the working world on their own. The shelter works with the Women to Work Program which aids women with the supportive services needed to become independent in the community. The Safe Haven Shelter wants the women of the Asian/Pacific Islander community to be the educated and strong women they deserve to be.
For more information on The Safe Haven Shelter or any other of My Sister’s House’s programs visit their website at www.my-sisters-house.org/ or call their information and helpline at (916) 428-3271.
My Sisters House is a non-profit organization geared towards helping women in abusive situations with the mission to “Serve the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander women and children impacted by domestic violence by providing a culturally appropriate and responsive safe haven and community services.”
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Organizers from the Prism Project are looking for families to participate in a violence prevention conference on February 11 in South Sacramento. The conference, called “The Power of Know”, seeks to provide members of the community with information that will help them identify healthy and unhealthy relationships, empower them to help their peers who are engaged in risky behavior, the dangers of shortsighted social networking and sexting, and how to communicate better between adults and youth alike. The event is free and open to youth between the ages of 13 to 18 and their parental guardians.
The Prism Project is a program of the CAPITAL Foundation, and seeks to build a stronger and more unified Asian and Pacific Islander community by supporting local programs, projects and events in the Sacramento Region. With this event, the Prism Project hopes to engage and nurture a healthy dialogue between API youth and their guardians so that violent reactions can be prevented before they occur, rather that after the lines of communication have broken down.
While the Prism Project focuses most of its efforts on the API community, all members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend “The Power of Know” conference. Participants will be provided with all the necessary conference materials, a continental breakfast and a hot lunch. A raffle will be held at the end of the event, with prizes ranging from free movie tickets to a new Kindle Fire.
Students will also receive 10 community credits for participating in the conference.
To pre-register for the event, please fill out the following form here and submit it to email@example.com or fax it to 916-443-8941. For more information about this event, you can check out an informational flyer which includes the address of the event here.