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 and English classes are conducted on Wednesday mornings (time agreed upon between instructor and students) 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 classes provide basic conversational English instruction 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. Instruction is mainly in English with some Mandarin as needed. 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.