Posted by: BPSOS | July 17, 2009

Tin Tức – News: BPSOS, Reaching Out to Our Communities Nationwide

bpsos-ike-team July 17, 2009: Here’s the news from around the country.

Atlanta

The Atlanta branch of BPSOS wrapped up a successful round of computer and ESL classes and rounded out the final exams with a great picnic! The branch has also been recruiting young people for a summer employment program and shooting footage for a television show devoted to the Aid to Refugee Couples (ARC) program. Info: Trinh Pham, 770.458.6700; trinh.pham@bpsos.org

Bayou La Batre

In Bayou La Batre, staff members have been busy recruiting clients for the Individual Development Account (IDA) program. At the same time, the branch is continuing to run a youth mentoring program that has a drop-in center component. Info: Daniel Le, 228.436.9999; daniel.le@bpsos.org

Biloxi

Staff members in Biloxi are assisting clients with housing issues. They complemented this work by presenting a training for first-time homebuyers. Also high on the branch’s agenda has been recruiting clients for the IDA program. Info: Daniel Le, 228.436.9999; daniel.le@bpsos.org

Charlotte

The Charlotte branch held a successful fundraising concert for their local edition of Mach Song Radio and held a workshop on workers’ rights and fall protection. Most important of all, the branch moved to a better location, 5500 Executive Center Dr., Ste 108, Charlotte, NC 28212. Info: Linh Quach, 704.567.2320; linh.quach@bpsos.org

DCMP

The Houston-based Hurricane Ike Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) recently opened three new satellite locations (one in Port Arthur, one in southeast Houston, and one next door to our Houston branch) and hired 51 new employees. You can learn more at the sites http://bpsosike.wordpress.com/ (English) or http://bpsosbaoike.wordpress.com/ (Vietnamese). Info: Phale Cassady Le, 281.530.6888; pha.le@bpsos.org

Delaware Valley

One of the important recent events hosted by the Delaware branch was a hepatitis B vaccination day for the public at the Camden office. Another key development was the kick-off of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in Camden. Also in the mix have been preparations for an event by a local organization, Vo Uu (Without Worry), at the Philadelphia office, and work on women’s and seniors’ group meetings in Camden. Info: Nancy Nguyen, 215.334.1500; nancy.nguyen@bpsos.org

Falls Church

In Falls Church, staff members continue to coordinate the work of valuable volunteers as they lead ESL classes. Another project under way has been surveying BPSOS clients about their needs. One other key event was the branch’s participation in a free foreclosure prevention fair that was organized to help the Vietnamese and Asian communities. Info: Kim Cuc Le, 703.538.2190; kimcuc.le@bpsos.org

Houston

Houston’s main events recently included a well-attended mammogram screening/health fair event. By popular demand, the branch is keeping its citizenship classes rolling. One key event in July was an Independence Day commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Daewoosa case, the largest human trafficking case ever prosecuted by the US government, in which BPSOS played a role. Info: Trish Nguyen, 281.530.6888; trish.nguyen@bpsos.org

Louisville

The Louisville branch recently hosted a mammogram health event that required a great deal of work assisting women with their medical forms. Another important development has been building ties with the Crane House for collaboration on the Vietnam Veterans Exhibit in May 2010. Info: Brooke Ha, 502.368.1491; brooke.ha@bpsos.org

Maryland

In Maryland, one key development was the branch’s selection as a worksite for youth volunteers through the local Department of Economic Development. Staff members have been collaborating with the Korean and Chinese community centers to develop citizenship fair days this fall. Last but not least, staff members have been putting their energy into running an exciting youth summer camp! Info: Annie Nguyen, 301.439.0505; annie.nguyen@bpsos.org

New Orleans

Staff members at the New Orleans office have been helping clients close out their IDA accounts successfully. Another important activity was a recent workshop on fall protection and financial literacy, which targeted recruiting more IDA participants. Info: Hien Hoang, 504.433.8668; hien.hoang@bpsos.org

Orange County

The Orange County branch has put a great deal of effort into reorganizing the curricula of its various educational programs, as well as preparations for a July grant writing workshop aimed at showing the Vietnamese community how to tap into stimulus funding. Info: Tiffany Nguyen, 714.897.2214; tiffany.nguyen@bpsos.org

Springfield

In Springfield, staff members spent part of their time interviewing low-income youth for a summer employment program. One important event hosted by the branch was a workshop on fall protection. Springfield’s Mothers’ Group gathered for an intergenerational picnic, and further staff time has been devoted to strategic planning. Info: Khanh Nguyen, 413.846.6300; khanh.nguyen@bpsos.org


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