The Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay (VACCEB) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation with a 17-year history of providing quality service to low-income, refugee and immigrant populations and their families. Our target population is the Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant population with an emphasis on the larger groups and newer arrivals; namely, Vietnamese, Bhutanese, and Burmese. Because of the Vietnamese community’s immigrant experience in the United States, they are in a unique position to provide leadership and guidance to the newer refugees and immigrants. Annually we serve over 13,500 hot meals to low-income seniors, do case management for 600+ clients, regularly teach 4 classes (pre-ESL, ESL, Computer Literacy, Job Preparation Basics, and Citizenship to over 200 students a year, and provide health screening to over 1000 clients (e.g., vaccinations, hypertension, diabetes, depression, domestic violence and abuse, etc.) We also host 2 health clinics a year to triage community members (in dentistry, pediatric care, general/internist care, audio and visual care) referring them to medical service providers as needed.
We offer complete “wrap around, client centrist” services to our low-income clients in a culturally relevant and appropriate way. This essentially means that our focus is on the client and his/her needs. Services provided to clients are to be directly relevant to them; not a one-size, fit all approach. Among the many services provided, domestic violence education and counseling is one of them. We work alongside our mental health partner, Asian Community Mental Health Services, and our legal partners in the community.