The Chinatown Service Center has only one paid staff and the support of committed, dedicated volunteers to provide direct intake social services. These services include answering inquiries and providing referrals to appropriate social and government agencies on concerns ranging from health care, public assistance, job employment, housing, tax, legal, immigration, and family matters. CSC addresses approximately 3,000 inquiries annually.
Workshops & Classes
Citizenship classes are conducted on Wednesdays from 10:30 am to 12 noon and also on Saturday mornings from 9 am to 11 am. CSC provides instructions on the naturalization process from filling in the N400 application to preparing for the citizenship test.
The Saturday tutoring program provides basic conversational English instructions for adults, stressing practical vocabulary and grammar, to enable students to cope with common, real-life situations. Lessons focus on everyday activities such as shopping, travel, banking, dining out, visiting the doctor, renting an apartment, attending a movie, and many others. The program is directed at students with limited English vocabulary and speaking ability. Instructions are either mainly in English or partly in Mandarin. Our students are mainly from China but have included people from other parts of the world such as Latin America, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Poland, and Africa.