Posted by: BPSOS | June 9, 2009

Báo Cáo Quốc Gia – National Report: BPSOS Branches Work All Across America

OC Vietnam Vietnamese BPSOS Boat People SOS,CAMSA human trafficking seniors families health mental health Ủy Ban Cứu Người Vượt Biển UBCNVB nạn buôn người cao niên gia đình sức khỏe Community leaders join Congressman Anh ‘Joseph’ Cao at the new Orange County office’s grand opening on May 24, 2009.

June 9, 2009: Here’s a quick look at just a few of the events, classes, workshops, and services Boat People SOS provided recently for the Vietnamese-American community in 13 branches across the nation.

We’ll be rolling out this report regularly so that you can keep track of the full scale of BPSOS in action.

The Atlanta branch staff and key volunteers hosted a major fundraising event in May for the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA), of which BPSOS is a founding member. Staff members also put a lot of energy into setting up a May training conference on Healthy Families. Info: Trinh Pham, 770.458.6700;

Bayou La Batre
In Bayou La Batre, the focus has been on offering English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and an after-school youth tutoring program. Staff has also been busy recruiting clients for the Individual Development Account (IDA) program. Other work has involved helping community members fill out applications for housing. Info: Daniel Le, 228.436.9999;


The Biloxi branch moved to a better location at 179 Lameuse St., Biloxi, MS 39530. At the same time, staff members have been helping clients with moves of their own, out of FEMA trailers and into more permanent housing. There is also ongoing work to recruit clients for the Individual Development Account (IDA) program. Staff members did their part to head off a flu pandemic by passing out flyers to Vietnamese-American business owners. Info: Daniel Le, 228.436.9999;

healing-dragons-charlotte-vietnam-vietnamese-bpsos-boat-people-sos-families-health Charlotte
Charlotte partnered with UNC-Chapel Hill for a workshop on osteoporosis. Staff also ‘paddled up’ for the local Dragonboat Race and partnered with the 2010 Census at the Asian Festival in May. The branch has also been promoting its radio program and running workshops on fall prevention and other key aspects of workplace safety for Vietnamese-American workers. Info: Linh Quach, 704.596.2157;

Delaware Valley
Staff members are busy with the complicated work of establishing a computer technology center, and preparations are ongoing for several workshops on the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) for communities in Camden and Philadelphia. Info: Nancy Nguyen, 215.334.1500;

Falls Church
The Falls Church branch arranged for many clients to have mammograms at a successful screening event. Also, the branch hosted a dinner for the ‘Journey to Freedom’ symposium at the Library of Congress and took part in a candlelight vigil at the Capitol. Advanced computing classes got under way, and the branch reorganized the office space to make it more useful to the community. Info: Kim Cuc Le, 703.538.2190;

The Houston branch has been providing citizenship classes and staff members have been on Vietnamese-language radio to discuss immigration services and domestic abuse programs. Much work is under way to roll out the new Ike Disaster Recovery Program (IDRP), including new hires and the establishment of office space to meet with clients. Staff members held a healthy marriage/cancer survey workshop in San Leon, and the IDRP team has been assisting the Cambodian community. Info: Trish Nguyen, 281.530.6888;

The BPSOS branch in Louisville has been recruiting volunteers for citizenship classes and promoting the Asian Culture Festival, which was a huge success. Staff has also been recruiting women for a mammogram mobile unit screening event in July. Another important project has been producing a CD that helps Vietnamese speakers prepare for their US citizenship test. Info: Brooke Ha, 502.368.1491;

Staff attended a health information train-the-trainer workshop on accessing government health resources online, and has been recruiting volunteers and participants for a summer youth program. The branch’s English as a Second Language (ESL) classes wrapped up, with more classes planned for the future. Preparations are also under way for a summer health workshop. Info: Annie Nguyen, 301. 439.0505;

New Orleans
The New Orleans staff helped promote the Asian Heritage Festival in May and took the lead in translating swine flu information for the Department of Health and Hospital of Louisiana. Other work has included closing out Individual Development Accounts (IDA)s and preparing for a fall prevention workshop at La Vang Church. Info: Hien Hoang, 504.433.8668;

Orange County
In order to better serve clients, the Orange County branch moved to a better location at 9191 Bolsa Avenue, Ste 110-111, Westminster, CA 92683. The grand opening featured US Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao and a range of key community leaders. The branch’s ongoing work includes award-winning projects with the Fish Contamination Education Collaborative (FCEC) and efforts to halt human trafficking. Info: Tiffany Nguyen, 714.897.2214:

The Springfield, MA branch participated in the Health Fair Day at the Springfield Vietnamese American Civic Association. Later in the month, staff met with State Rep. Coakley-Rivera on the state budget and continued work on a Community Development Block Grant. Other key developments included a Mothers Group meeting and work on the Tulane University survey on cancer and the Vietnamese-American community. Info: Khanh Nguyen, 413.846.6300;

St. Louis
The St. Louis branch worked hard to prepare for the Atlanta Healthy Families (ARC) conference in May, and later helped host a community-wide health fair with 80 people in attendance. The branch has also been actively preparing a multiple-topic workshop on managing personal finances and nurturing happy relationships. As always, day-to-day assistance of clients with forms and services continues. Info: Mary Thanh Dang, 314.772.0454;

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