by Holden Leung
Posted on March 16, 2016
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March 16, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
S.E. Portland – U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley visited the Asian Health & Service Center (AHSC) in SE Portland, on Friday, March 11th. AHSC staff briefed the Senator on the organization’s plans to build a new, permanent 30,000 square foot facility.
AHSC can no longer adequately meet the community’s needs in its current rented space. A permanent home for AHSC at SE Foster Road and 91st, in Portland’s Lents community, will allow the organization to serve the region’s growing Asian population, expand current services, and add new high priority programs. Praising the project, Senator Merkley said, “This is a tremendous asset not just for the Asian community, not just for the health care community, but for the community as a whole.”
The new permanent AHSC Center will include treatment rooms for behavioral and physical health care, space for health education, exercise classes, and cultural community events. Thanks to a recent investment of $2,000,000 from FamilyCare, the new Center will include the region’s first Asian Cancer Resource and Support Center. A capital campaign is currently underway to complete fundraising for the new Center. With community investment, the project is expected to break ground in late 2016, with an expected completion of fall 2017.
Senator Merkley, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, and FamilyCare President and CEO Jeff Heatherington were among those present for the briefing, which was given by AHSC staff and board leadership. Both Kafoury and Heatherington thanked AHSC Board Chairman Dr. Erik Szeto for his work to strengthen health care and services for the Asian Community. “Dr. Szeto has been such a tireless advocate for the project and for all Asians in the community,” said Kafoury.
AHSC Executive Director Holden Leung offered thanks to those in attendance. “We have a big dream, and we are grateful for people supporting our dream,” said Leung. “Together, we are taking the needed steps to make this dream a reality for the region’s Asian people.”
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