Chinese Information and Service Center Programs
Immigrant transition programs help non-English speakers understand and navigate American culture, and systems with comprehensive information and assistance such as; crime prevention education, crime victims assistance, health insurance benefits counseling, ESL classes and much more!.
Family programs with multi-generational impact - including preschool and youth programs that enhance academic achievement and bi-cultural identity, bilingual parent education and family counseling, and elder services and caregiver support increasing health and resilience.
Programs to prepare adults and youth for success including multilingual computer training.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
CISC’s Sunshine Garden Chinese Senior Community Center brings community members age 50+ to a welcoming environment that promotes health, emotional well-being and life-long learning through activity and social support. Many activities provide health care; exercise; nutrition workshops; interest groups; learning about volunteer activities; or volunteering at CISC to share knowledge and experience with youth. Seniors help youth stay connected to their rich heritage through celebrations that bring a multi-generational community together.
Mrs. Lin, aged 92 is a member of the Sunshine Garden community for 20 years. She felt so lonely after the death of her husband though she lived with her loving family members after emigrating from China. She rode the bus for more than an hour to Sunshine Garden where she’s found friendship; socialization and exercise. She finally asked her family to help her find an apartment closer to her friends and the Sunshine Garden Senior Community Center.
Now at 92 she is not as spry as before, but she joins her friends and the Sunshine Garden Family twice a week. She says, "Sunshine Garden is my second home. Coming here is like medicine. When I come here I do not need to take my medicine for my leg pain.” Friends and community make a difference for her and she believes her activity helps her keep the illnesses of old age away.
This new Senior Community Center program can serve up to 440 seniors through a combination of activities conducted at the center and other outreach sites throughout Seattle. Senior members are mostly very low income and limited English speaking. We rely on donors to help us maintain the capacity of this program that promotes seniors' health, independence, fellowship, and lifelong learning.