Although SAAC currently supports community members mostly by going out to meet with them at the various county contracted mental health and alcohol and drug services agencies, SAAC had traditionally supported community members by having them come to our office. Currently, once a month, SAAC hosts a free legal clinic in collaboration with Asian Law Caucus. Also, on a drop in basis, SAAC continues to support community members who may require assistance with understanding certain letters from social services, social security, etc.
As an effort to expand our services, beginning August 10, 2017, we will start holding Hmong Support Groups from 9 AM – 11 AM at our office to be staffed by volunteers. At these support groups, various topics relating to general health, mental health, naturalization, citizenship and other topics would be covered. Community members can also bring paperworks that they need help understanding or completing. Our volunteers will help free of charge. Below is a public announcement in the Hmong language on these upcoming Hmong Support Groups.
On Saturday, May 14, 2016, representing SAAC and acting as interperters for the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services, Andrey Ambalov and Marina Pavlov attended the 14th Slavic Community Health/Safety & Job Fair.
At one point, either we ourselves or people who know were refugees or immigrants to this country. I can still recall when my family first arrived in the US as refugees in the early 1980s. We were much in need of help and support with anything from clothing to food and shelter. When we received the aid, it made a whole world of a difference. We were so thankful and happy to receive aid for our family to start a new life in America.
Currently, there is a collective community effort to collect donations in Sacramento to be given to refugees and those in need in the Sacramento area. SAAC has volunteered to be a place for donation collection. At SAAC, we can collect diapers, wipes, canned goods, toiletries, and paper goods (plates, spoons, etc.).
Please consider donating and get the word out to your families, friends, and networks. This Acts of Mercy effort will go through the end of the month.
At CSU Sacramento, the Hmong Union Student Association sponsors a health fair each year. We were able to participate alongside with the Sacramento County Dept. of Behavior Health Services. From left to right: Josie Vue, Yang Yee Vang, and Yang Xiong.
Along with other advocates, SAAC provided comments in support of AB 1726 which would require the California Community Colleges, CSU and UC systems, and the California Departments of Public Health and Healthcare Services to disaggregate demographic data.