Thursday, July 23, 2009

This Week at the Lao Assistance Center: July 20-24th

Elder Access staff member Bounleuth Gowing attended the national N4N Conference in Minneapolis to learn more about current and emerging health care issues for the elderly, particularly in regards to the Meals On Wheels program, how to better meet the needs of our community members and how to obtain the support we need to help others.

The Lao Assistance Center staff went to support CAPI, a local non-profit organization holding their fundraiser and community dialogue on refugees and immigrants at the acclaimed Weisman Art Museum. Representatives from Shades of Yellow, Mu Performing Arts and Asian Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy were also in attendance.

Chongchith Saengsudham and the volunteers of the DTV Assistance Center at the Lao Assistance Center are continuing to provide support for members of the community to obtain digital converter boxes during the national transition to HDTV. If you have questions, please feel free to call or stop by the Lao Assitance Center offices at 503 Irving Avenue North, Suite 100A in Minneapolis.

The staff members of the Southeast Asians Living Chemically Free program held a youth leadership meeting this week to work with Lao American youth to develop leadership skills and to understand the importance of living without abuse of drugs, tobacco or alcohol in their lives. If you or someone you know would like to be involved in the program, contact Kinnary Pimpadubsee at or call (612) 375-4967.

Southeast Asians Living Chemically Free is holding a support group on Saturday, July 25th from 11am-2pm at the C1 Buffet at6090 Shingle Creek Pkwy in Minneapolis. The free support group is for Laotian Americans living in the Northwest Hennepin county region who are seeking help in recovery from alcohol, tobacco or drug usage. If you are interested in receiving more information on the support group or similar projects call Phouninh Vixavong at (612) 375-4967. Sessions will soon be available for clients and their families. Come back soon to learn more details!