FOUNDED IN 1977
We serve thousands of at-risk youth, low income families, and immigrants, creating independence by building knowledge and confidence.
The Southeast Asian Development Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting children, youth and families from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam out of poverty. Our services are structured around providing low-income and vulnerable Southeast Asian Americans with basic needs and skills critical to building successful futures.
Our mission is to foster a healthy, thriving and self-sufficient Southeast Asian American community.
We are inclusive, collaborative, and respectful of those individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents.
We are proud of our Southeast Asian culture, and strive to preserve and share our languages, customs, and identities.
Integrity guides all our actions, relationships and activities. We will be honest in all that we do.
We act with compassion in our work with clients and with each other.
By providing jobs, academic support, language services, and cultural and social guidance, we’re strengthening the community. Here are just a few of the lives that were changed from the support of our initiatives.
Ms. Nhung came to SEADC with her two teen aged children in 2017 for housing support. At the time, She was a single mother raising two children without a job or income and relied on her parents for support. She had just immigrated to the US and spoke little English, unable to help her children with navigating in school.
With the support at SEADC, Ms. Nhung enrolled in the Center’s weekly ESL classes to learn English, and completed her cosmetology license. The oldest child was placed to work afterschool, while the youngest received tutoring and after school academic support. The entire family in addition completed a 12 week long family engagement program to strengthen communication skills between children and their parents.
Today, Ms. Nhung is able to financially support her children working full-time as a hair stylist at SuperCuts. Both children are managing their school work well in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Nhung says her dream job is to pursue a career in the business sector, she is currently taking classes at the local City College.