by Holden Leung
Posted on May 9, 2016
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AHSC to open new facility by 35th anniversary
By Julie Stegeman
The Asian Reporter
The Asian Health & Service Center (AHSC) is working toward moving to a new permanent home. The organization, founded in 1983 as the Chinese Social Service Center, serves as a bridge between Asian and American cultures while working to reduce healthcare inequity and improve healthcare quality for all Asians. Over the years, the organization has expanded and moved twice to larger locations in southeast Portland and also added sites in Beaverton and downtown Portland.
While the main focus of the nonprofit organization is health, the group also operates the Yu Miao Chinese Immersion Preschool and an addiction treatment program, coordinates programs for senior citizens, holds talks and clinics, and provides classes and workshops highlighting a diverse range of Asian art and culture topics.
AHSC, whose annual budget exceeds $2 million, employs 42 multilingual and bicultural workers from China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the United States. In 2014, the organization provided benefit services to more than 5,000 community members through 46,000 service encounters. The center’s current location, a rented 12,000-square-foot, two-story building located at 3430 S.E. Powell Boulevard, is increasingly inadequate to support current projects and much-needed program growth.
With nearly three-quarters of Oregon’s rapidly expanding Asian population living in the Portland metropolitan area, AHSC anticipates that demands for service will increase over the foreseeable future. AHSC predicts over the next 10 years that Portland’s Asian population will increase by 47 percent.
The new 30,500-square-foot facility will be located in the Lents neighborhood of Portland, near the Lents Town Center/Foster Road MAX station as well as a bus stop.
Included in the building’s design are treatment rooms for both behavioral and physical healthcare, the Asian Cancer Resource and Support Center, a healing garden, multipurpose small group rooms for adult classes and therapeutic group programs, and a 6,000-square-foot multipurpose hall that will be used for health education, exercise classes, AHSC’s ethnic meal program for seniors, social gatherings, and cultural community events.
The organization anticipates a short-term increase of 20,000 encounters per year in the new facility, which will be built to be able to accommodate more than 90,000 service encounters per year to meet growing program demands.
AHSC expects to break ground on the new building in early 2017, with completion expected in 2018. According to Holden Leung, executive director of AHSC, construction of the building will take approximately one year. Leung hopes to be able to hold the grand opening of the new building before AHSC’s 35th anniversary in 2018.
The organization is currently holding a capital campaign to raise $6 million for the new facility and so far has achieved 63 percent of its goal. A fundraising event, “A Bridge for New Generations” charity gala hosted by the Portland Chinese Times, is scheduled for Monday, May 9 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Wong’s King Seafood Restaurant, located at 8733 S.E. Division Street in Portland.
To learn more, or to make a contribution to the capital campaign, call (503) 872-8822 or visit <www.ahscpdx.org>. For more information about the charity gala, call (503) 380-8788 or visit <www.portlandchinesetimes.com/index.php>.
Asian Health & Service Center Timeline
AHSC is founded as the Chinese Social Service Center in the basement of the Chinese Presbyterian Church in southeast Portland
The organization becomes the Chinese Service Center
The center moves to a 3,000-square-foot building on S.E. 35th Place; the Yu Miao Chinese Immersion Preschool opens
AHSC opens an office in Beaverton and also partners with the National College of Natural Medicine to open the Chinese Medicine Clinic in Portland.
The center expands to cover 9,000 square feet of the building and changes its name to the Asian Health & Service Center
The Yu Miao Chinese Immersion Preschool further expands and becomes Oregon’s
first certified Chinese immersion preschool and daycare program in Oregon.
AHSC moves to its current 12,000-square-foot building at 3430 S.E. Powell Boulevard
AHSC adds a senior Asian lunch program
The center opens another site in downtown Portland
AHSC was founded in 1983, originally occupying 600 square feet in the basement of the Chinese Presbyterian Church in southeast Portland. (Photo courtesy of the Asian Health & Service Center)
In 1999, AHSC moved to a 3,000-square-foot building on S.E. 35th. (Photo courtesy of the Asian Health & Service Center)
AHSC is currently housed in its 12,000-square-foot building at 3430 S.E. Powell Boulevard. (Photo courtesy of the Asian Health & Service Center)
The Asian Health & Service Center’s new 30,500-square-foot facility will be located in the Lents neighborhood of Portland. (Image courtesy of the Asian Health & Service Center)