Executive Director’s Message

profile-rita-330x412Dear Loyal Supporters of Chinese Newcomers Service Center,

With your generous support, Chinese Newcomers Service Center (CNSC) is proud to celebrate its 46th anniversary. Since 1969, CNSC has proudly provided essential services to the underserved low-income, and immigrant communities to help them become self-sufficient, contributing members of society while they embark on their journey towards achieving the American Dream. CNSC serves over 20,000 individuals through its core service areas: Workforce & Economic Development, Free Tax Services for the Low-Income & Elderly, Information & Referral, Critical Needs & Hunger, and Immigration & Naturalization.

This past year was a remarkable year for CNSC and the community at large. In 2014, CNSC helped low-income taxpayers file over 2,000 tax returns and recovered over $2 million in tax refunds. CNSC, in collaboration with over 20 community based organizations, fed more than 5,000 people during its annual community food distribution. Last year also marked the launch of CNSC’s latest project—KEEP CHINATOWN CLEAN—which provides jobs for local unskilled and under-skilled, low-income residents to keep Stockton Street, Grant Avenue, and the alleyway clean. The KEEP CHINATOWN CLEAN project is yet another way CNSC engages with the local community and merchants to enhance our community.

Despite lack of adequate funding, CNSC has dedicated its efforts to helping unskilled and under-skilled, unemployed and underemployed, low- and moderate-income immigrants who lack English literacy, computer skills, or experience working the in U.S. CNSC provides bilingual job readiness workshops to prepare underserved job seekers for job interviews and working in America. These job readiness workshops, offered in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin, include interview preparation, mock interviews with feedback, image grooming, social etiquette, ESL for job seekers, resume writing, basic Internet skills, and online job searches. Job tips are also provided from corporate managers, governmental agencies, industrial psychologists, and educators. CNSC also hosts job recruitment fairs where many of the underserved members of the community are immediately hired for temporary and permanent jobs. CNSC continually searches for new employers to collaborate with in order to ensure that job seekers will be matched with an appropriate employer.

In 2015, Supervisor Julie Christensen, Board of Supervisors, and the Commission on the Status of Women honored CNSC with the 2015 Women Making History Award for its KEEP CHINATOWN CLEAN project. San Francisco Magazine (April 2015) recognized CNSC for its work in helping recent immigrants get established, its efforts in leading the Keep Chinatown Clean initiative, and its ED as one of the 62 most connected Chinese Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, CNSC received the Wells Fargo Asian Connection ~ Bay Area Non Profit and Leadership Recognition Award for its Community Commitment & Leadership Excellence. All this recognition would not be possible without your unwavering and long-term support.

CNSC would like to thank its many donors, corporate sponsors, employers, supporters, board members, advisory committee members, community partners, and dedicated staff & volunteers for making it possible to maximize every dollar given to CNSC. We thank you for your commitment and generous support of our programs for the underserved low-income, and immigrant community.

Rita G. Mah, Esq.