ACRS provides safety net services with staff who speak over 40 languages reflecting the communities we serve. From youth to elders, those in need can find services to manage mental health and wellness, access essentials like food, employment and primary and dental care, and get the support needed to thrive through citizenship assistance, parenting supporting, senior services and youth programs.

Our Mission:
Our mission is to promote social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals, families and communities -- including immigrants, refugees and native born -- by developing, providing and advocating for innovative community-based multilingual and multicultural services.

Addressing Hunger:
ACRS’ Food Bank and Emergency Feeding Programs help close the gap for many families who are choosing between paying their rent, purchasing prescription medication, and other expenses, keeping families healthy and whole. We address hunger in our communities by offering nutritious ethnic meals and culturally familiar foods like rice, tofu, fish, bok choy, fresh herbs, noodles, etc

Our History:
ACRS was founded in 1973 out of a grassroots effort. During that time, AAPIs were at risk of misdiagnosis and receiving inappropriate care from service providers unfamiliar with their culture and language. Today, ACRS provides a continuum of services for primarily low-income, immigrant, refugee, American-born Asians and Pacific Islanders through 13 programs:
  • Aging and Adult Services
  • Chemical Dependency Treatment
  • Children, Youth, and Families
  • Citizenship Services
  • Congregate Meals and Emergency Feeding
  • Consultation and Education
  • Domestic Violence Batterers Treatment
  • Employment and Training Services
  • Food Bank
  • Information and Referral Services
  • Legal Clinic
  • Mental Health Services
  • Problem Gambling Treatment

Nearly 300 staff speaks more than 40 languages. Caseworkers who speak the same language and come from the same culture reach over 32,000 people each year, making clients' transitions easier, helping them overcome obstacles to becoming successful members of the community.

For more information, please visit the official Asian Counseling and Referral Service website.