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Catalayst Campaign
Effecting Change Through Action
cat•a•lyst: noun: a person or thing that causes an important change to take place

Dear Friend:

I invite you to be a catalyst for change in our clients' lives. 3,000 families in Alameda and Contra Costa counties received crucial support and treatment this year from ACMHS. Please make a commitment to be the catalyst that impacts even more lives.

In these difficult times, your donation is more critical than ever to ACMHS. Behind every dollar you’ve donated is an individual or a family whose lives have improved because of your support. A recent Alameda County client satisfaction survey showed that 99% of ACMHS’ clients felt that we have helped them improve their relationships with their family, while 100% felt encouraged to take responsibility for how they live their lives.

Your involvement allowed us to continue as one of the nation’s largest provider of integrative wellness services to the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community. With your support, we were able to offer more than 36 programs ranging from traditional developmental disabilities case management and clinical counseling services to innovative pre-vocational training and internationally-recognized art therapy groups.

Yet, as a health and human services agency that primarily serves the low-income refugee and immigrant community, ACMHS is not immune to state and local funding cuts in 2010. Budgetary restrictions threaten the sustainability of our integrated programs even as the demand for quality, culturally-competent wellness services increases.

Please make a gift to support ACMHS. What statistics cannot show are the damaging ripple effects that the reduction in services will have on the lives of our consumers. Your gift can help provide assistance to those like the Pham family who depend on ACMHS.

Lily Pham and her husband emigrated from Vietnam in 2001. While her husband works full-time to provide for their family, Lily handles the bulk of the parenting for their three children, all of whom benefit from ACMHS’ services. When Andy, Lily’s first child, became two years old, she noticed that other children his age were calling out for “mom” while her son remained silent. Lily wondered about his speech delay when she brought him to ACMHS. After reluctantly consenting to a formal evaluation, she learned that her son had mental retardation.

Three years later, Lily had another child Jenny for whom she felt thankful for being born “normal.” Later, while she was pregnant with her third child, Lily discovered that Jenny had mental retardation and autism. Her youngest, born with both ears deaf, a hole in her heart, and other physical complications, would also have mental retardation and autism.

“I don’t know how I would survive without ACMHS,” Lily has repeatedly told her ACMHS case manager, who has been guiding the family since Lily brought her oldest child to ACMHS five years ago. “I don’t know what I would do without their assistance.”

ACMHS linked the family to a speech therapist, an infant program, applied behavior analysis services and a respite program. Lily attends ACMHS’ Vietnamese parenting groups and receives family counseling from ACMHS’ Family Support Services and assistance from ACMHS interpreters. Lily regularly brings her two younger children to ACMHS’ bilingual playgroups, and now, her two older children are enrolled in special education programs with the school district.

ACMHS possesses a unique capacity for helping people access resources available in the community so that they receive the care they need. Cases like Lily’s emphasize the importance of community-based organizations with the cultural and linguistic competence to address the needs of the API community. Your donation can help more mothers like Lily access the resources her family needs.

Despite this harsh economic climate, ACMHS strives to provide comprehensive, quality care to those who may need it, regardless of their means. 80% of the families we serve are below the poverty line. ACMHS has proven that donations yield results:

• 50% of our infant clients with developmental delays can be discharged within a year because they have “caught up” developmentally
• Drug use among youth in our Asian/Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership (AYPAL) program dropped by 53%
• 99% percent of our severely developmentally disabled adult clients are living in the least restrictive setting possible: in the community among family and friends

As a catalyst for change, you also helped ACMHS to look ahead. In August, ACMHS hosted an Outreach and Education workshop to strategize on ways to assist emerging communities such as the Burmese, Mongolian, Bhutanese, Nepalese and Tibetan. The workshop was the first in the nation and with your continued support, we can develop and implement methods to address the mental health needs of our newest community members.

Your gift will mean a great deal to the families you help and the children you support. Your empathy gives hope to many – be the catalyst that changes lives.

Thank you for taking the initiative by making a contribution today. Your donation makes an enormous impact in the lives and health of families.

In health,
Luana Shiba-Harris
Chair, ACMHS Board of Directors

P.S. Your gift, large or small, enables us to continue providing comprehensive programs and services to the most vulnerable members of our community.

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If you would like to mail your donation, please make a check payable to:
Asian Community Mental Health Services
310 8th Street, Suite 201
Oakland, CA 94607
If applicable, please include the name of your referral.

Your donation may be eligible for a company match. Please check with your company's charitable giving program.

ACMHS is a tax-exempt, nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization; our tax identification number is 94-2248390.

Asian Community Mental Health Services provides and advocates for multicultural, multilingual services that empower the most vulnerable members of our community to lead healthy, contributing, and self-sufficient lives.

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Total donations: $12,307

Goal: $25,000

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Contributor Amount Comment
Frances Rosario $50.00 "Teresa - You Rock. "
kris king $50.00 "Good job Teresa; as a fundraiser I must commend you on the effectiveness of doing a personal ask. Of course I love and miss you and the staff and the clients and working at ACMHS - but haven't felt moved to give before. Excellent campaign. Give a big whitey hug to all from me, Kris"
Martin Harrington $100.00 "Teresa, I am moved to make a donation in part because of your generosity to me in the past. Mostly though, I admire the work that your agency has taken on, and I know how necessary it is to so many people. I am puzzled at times by how unevenly suffering is spread out over humanity. I am grateful that through your work that you are able to give relief to some some of our brothers and sisters who suffer greatly. Good luck with the campaign."
Peter Alevizos $250.00 "I am honored to support your good work and that of those who join with you to provide such caring and effective behavioral health services to the Asian families of our community"
Kay Lin Gong $100.00 "Thank You so much for all your hard work. Kay"
Lydie Hammack $25.00 "Happy Birthday, kathy! Thank you for all your do to make this world a better place and to help those in need. Lydie"
Carles Poles $50.00 "Happy Birthday Kathy."
Keri Muller $10.00 "Keep up the great work, Kevin! Good to see you so invested in what you are doing and the people you are helping. :)"
Arminta Jensen $50.00 "Great work, Joyce! - your friend, Arminta"
Emily Neveu $25.00 "Love you Mom!"
Edlyn Kwee $25.00 "Hi Kevin, I hope this helps... :) Keep giving the Asian community the quality counseling they deserve! Xoxo Edi P.s: Nice testimonials. Very credible sources, my friend. ;)"
steve bertolucci $100.00 "Best wishes for a Happy Birthday, Kathy!"
Charles Volbrecht $25.00 "Happy Birthday Kathy!!! This is Charles (Malou's Son). God luck with your fundraising and have a wonderful birthday."
Alberto Alejandro $100.00 "Happy B Day Kat.."
Tracy Ng $25.00 "Thanks for providing these much needed services to the community!"
Daniel Neveu $25.00 "It's that time of the year again!"
Wendy Yu $100.00 "Great cause -- good luck!"
Joo Kim $50.00 "Wish I could give more, Will. You are my hero, you world changer, you."
Charles Hughes $50.00 "Thanks for doing this Teresa- I hope you are well- Mick"
Harrison Parker $201.99 "Your dedication to your profession, fairness and those less fortunate is inspiring. Actions that make me believe the world can be a better place."
Linda Luong $30.00 "I'm so proud of you, Kevin! "What an awesome guy!"..."
Leroy and Barbara Morishita $100.00 "sorry I am late and missed your deadline. However, I assume my contribution is still good :)"
Helen Hsu $50.00 "I asked my sister in law to donate $ to ACMHS for my Bday gift- so here it is!"
Dave Robb $50.00 "This is to honor Daniel Toleran for his great work to support the youth of AYPAL through his Spring Equinox fundraiser."
Marshall Wong Hidden "To celebrate Daniel Toleran's birthday and support AYPAI's participation in the U.S. Social Forum."
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