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.
THe Sim Family
SEADC has had a long relationship with Mr. Sim as he first came to us years ago homeless. He was kicked out of his family’s home and disowned by his children shortly after his wife passed away. He was able to work as a food delivery driver but was still in a shelter. Mr. Sim got remarried and brought his new wife and her children to the US from Cambodia. However, the family of four was struggling to survive off his small income as his wife was unable to get a work permit in time.
For the next year, they lived in a shelter until he was able to rent a small one-bedroom apartment in the city of Richmond however the neighborhood was unsafe. After experiencing an armed robbery, he moved his family back to the city where he rented a studio apartment. He asked for our assistance to process immigration documents after being scammed by head lawyer who refused to refund his money even though they did not work on his case. After coming to us, we were successful in obtaining a green card for his entire family.
During COVID-19, we supported his family with food every two weeks and hygienic products such as masks and hand sanitizers. Mrs. Sim and his stepchildren also volunteered during this time to do vaccination information outreach and food distribution. We encouraged his wife to attend City College for ESL classes, and she was able to improve her English skills significantly. Soon after, she was able to find a job in a restaurant. As their family were still in the studio apartment, we assisted Mr. Sim in applying for the subsidized housing lottery. Around 5 months ago, he won the lottery for a 3-bedroom 2-bathroom apartment.
Today, the children can have their own room for the first time in their lives and are also participating in the center’s youth programs. We continue to help his wife with the citizenship application and have encouraged her to attend our classes and workshops to practice for the interview.