Posted by: BPSOS | September 24, 2009

Moving to the Right Direction

Brooke Ha

It was the first time we had a mammogram mobile unit in our Vietnamese community. In the beginning it was challenging for Boat People SOS (BPSOS) in Louisville but in the end it proved yet to be another successful event for us.


Brown Cancer Center’s employee helped participant to go over their insurance information inside the mammogram van. (Photo of BPSOS)

BPSOS-Louisville has been partnering with the Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP) for about a year and a half. As a part of our collaboration, BPSOS-Louisville is responsible for recruiting women for breast health and women’s cancer education programs and screening services and providing interpretation at these events. Normally, we would meet Vietnamese women that we have recruited at or take them to the Family Health Center Americana or locations that are close to the residence of our targeted women for the cancer screening services to accommodate their need and convenience.

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gloria2July 23, 2009: Gloria Tu, after many years of dealing with numbers as an accountant, decided it was time for a change. Luckily for us, it led her to join our organization as a case manager on the IDRP team. During her free time, Gloria, enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, camping and hunting. she also volunteers at the Vietnamese Civic Center. Welcome to BPSOS, Gloria!

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Tina2July 21, 2009: Tina Phelipot is a graduate of California State University Long Beach, with a BBA in Business management. We are happy to welcome her as a new member of case managers here in Houston. Having been previously employed as an Office Manager for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, she brings experience and enthusiasm to the team.

“I’ve worked with patients before and although this is my first time as a case manager I hope my skills can apply here,” she said.

On behalf of everyone, I would like to extend a big, “welcome!”

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Final Forclosure

July 20, 2009: Boat People SOS in Falls Church, Virginia, is expanding its assistance to homeowners in the DC area who are facing foreclosure through a new pro bono initiative – a Foreclosure Advice and Assistance Clinic (the “Clinic”).

The Clinic will provide housing counseling assistance to those homeowners who are in foreclosure or are concerned about it affecting them in the near future. We expect that the clients will mainly be drawn from the immigrant communities in Northern Virginia, particularly the Vietnamese-American community.

If you are interested in volunteering to support this endeavor, please contact Ducchi T. Quan (, Lisa Lynn Chapman (, or Loan T. Hanlon ( Thanks!

foreclosure Vietnam Vietnamese BPSOS Boat People   seniors families   Ủy Ban Cứu Người Vượt Biển UBCNVB   cao niên gia đìnhJuly 15, 2009: Are you worried about losing your home during this economic downturn? Many people and programs are offering help for seniors – but where should you turn?

Click here for some basic information from the National Consumer Law Center to get you started as you try to think through the process of saving your home from foreclosure.

Truong IKE DCMP Vietnam Vietnamese BPSOS Boat People   Ủy Ban Cứu Người Vượt Biển UBCNVBJuly 13, 2009: The Hurricane Ike Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) is proud to welcome Jaclyn Truong to our team!

Truong, who will be working as a case manager from the newly opened DCMP office in Port Arthur, Texas, has 10 years of administrative experience. As a former champion chess player and the mother of two children, a 12-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old boy, she is well-equipped to strategize and multitask!

“We’re glad that Jaclyn is lending her talents to BPSOS and the Ike recovery effort,” said Danielle Bolks, DCMP director. “With the opening of our new office in Port Arthur, people like Jaclyn are poised to give our case management program a real boost.”

coffeeOn behalf of BPSOS, and especially the DCMP and the Houston branch, welcome aboard!

July 10, 2009: The Fairfax County Area Agency on Aging, a BPSOS-Falls Church partner, is currently seeking a volunteer to support their Vietnamese Senior Information Line. By volunteering, you will be providing a critically needed service to the community by connecting older Vietnamese adults to social services such as housing, insurance, and transportation. BPSOS is seeking good-hearted, bilingual people who can commit to shifts of two or more hours at regular times during the week.

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Vietnam Vietnamese BPSOS Boat People SOS   seniors families health mental health Ủy Ban Cứu Người Vượt Biển UBCNVB   cao niên gia đình sức khỏeJuly 9, 2009: Một vòng tham quan não bộ giải thích cơ chế hoạt động của não và sự tác động của bệnh Alzheimer lên não như thế nào.

Xin quý vị bấm vào đây để tìm hiểu thêm chi tiết.

Lien Tran Vietnam Vietnamese BPSOS Boat People SOS   families health mental health Ủy Ban Cứu Người Vượt Biển UBCNVB   cao niên gia đình sức khỏeJuly 8, 2009: BPSOS-Houston is proud to welcome Lien Tran to the Hurricane Ike Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP).

Tran, a graduate of the University of Texas in Houston, received her BS in Medical Technology and will serve as a DCMP case manager.

“We’re excited that someone with such deep expertise in medical technology is adding that knowledge to our team,” said Danielle Bolks, director of the DCMP. “This is a great opportunity for us to add depth to our work, which frequently overlaps with the healthcare sector.” Read More…

Foreclosure fair

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