Asian Counseling and Referral Service Programs
ACRS' services change the lives of individuals and families by empowering the most vulnerable members of our community to achieve their highest level of self sufficiency and well being. As a result, the overall health of our community is improved. The Asian Pacific American (APA) community, the fastest-growing racial group in King County, has over 21 distinct ethnic groups with their own languages, histories, traditions, strengths and needs. Many struggle in poverty and language isolation, making multilingual services vital to their survival and well being. ACRS represents a single, and often the only, entry way to critically needed safety net services. Through the agency’s largely bilingual professional staff of over 200 employees who speak over 30 languages and dialects, ACRS’ 13 programs helps clients attain their highest levels of self-sufficiency. As a result of the quality of services provided by ACRS, people’s lives are changed for the better. For example, our Children, Youth and Family Services program believes in the potential of APA young people and offers a variety of programs that promote their safe and healthy development. Services are provided in the language of the young people and their families, with an understanding of their culture. Our Food Bank is one of the most-used food banks in King County and assists more than 5,000 unduplicated individuals each year. It is also the only food bank in Washington that regularly distributes foods for Asian and Pacific Islander diets.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2008, ACRS opened its new headquarters in one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the country to meet the growing demand for its services. In its vision of expansion, ACRS realized that there was a greater opportunity present to engage the community in activities that would provide increased access to its vital services. This vision added capacity for holistic integrated services and has transformed what would be traditional office space into a community asset. By creating space for education, recreation, arts, and culture, ACRS is not only a community center but also a model for holistic service provision.
ACRS is seeking and would be grateful to receive general support and funding for the following programs:
- Employment and Training Services
- Food Bank and
- Children, Youth and Family Services.