SAN Open House on September 8, 2013

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On Sunday, September 8, 2013, South Asian Network (SAN) held an Open House for the South Asian American community of Southern California at its Artesia office. The Open House proved to be a major success for SAN. Among the highlights of SAN’s recent work are its citizenship clinics and its Covered California work, helping community members obtain health insurance through Obamacare. All services are provided free of charge.

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Community members were given the opportunity to learn about SAN’s three programmatic units: Community Health Action Initiative Unit (CHAI), Civil Rights Unit (CRU), and AWAZ-Voices Against Violence Unit.

CHAI provides education and direct services in the area of health and health care access for the low-income and immigrant South Asian American community as well as providing supportive services to the elderly population. SAN’s Emotional and Mental Health unit, within CHAI, provides education and support to the community on issues of mental health as well as free individual, group, family, and couples counseling.

CRU provides immigration assistance to the community, free citizenship clinics for South Asian legal permanent residents who are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship, as well as civic engagement workshops to encourage members of the South Asian community to get more involved in their communities.

AWAZ provides awareness-raising and prevention workshops for the South Asian community on domestic violence and healthy relationships, direct services in the form of case management, support, and mental health for survivors of violence, as well as focus groups for young South Asian American women on the pressures to get married.

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In addition, client stories, displayed in various parts of the office, presented guests a glimpse into the needs of community members and the resources available from SAN. Through the stories about human trafficking, domestic violence, and health struggles, community members were able to see the hardships of each client and the support and broad range of services SAN has provided, which give each client a chance to begin a new life in the U.S.

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