OUR PROGRAMS

FASGI Programs

Over the years, FASGI has significantly contributed to advance the health and well-being of Filipino American individuals, families, and communities in the United States of America by promoting resiliency, racial and health equity, healthy lifestyles, and overall well-being, and uplifting Filipino arts and culture. With our motto – Happy to help, honored to serve! – FASGI is dedicated to public service and passionate about our work with the people and communities that we serve and protect. FASGI Bayanihan Center is also the site of FASGI’s service delivery system, which include mental health services, naturalization application assistance, legal referrals, arts incubation, business promotion, health and wellness, disaster and emergency preparedness, community and cultural events, and other services.

Mental Health Program

We implement a combination of medical and holistic approaches, which include the following:

  • Human Trafficking Program designed to promote peace of mind and positivity while fostering resiliency and empowerment through classes that provide tools to relieve trauma, release negativity, and promote confidence.
  • Healthy Perspectives Program – an array of educational classes that deal with health, wellbeing, and other relevant issues to equip clients with the knowledge needed to deal with everyday life.
  • Young At Heart – various activities catered towards active seniors who are unable to socialize and are facing loneliness, isolation, depression, and fear, especially due to the COVID pandemic.
  • Referral services – for those in need of counseling
  • Education and awareness – dissemination of information to the community

Naturalization Application Assistance Hours:
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, by appointment.

Naturalization Application Assistance

The Naturalization Application Assistance Program is for eligible permanent legal citizens who need help in filling out application forms, determine their eligibility for fee waivers, and as necessary, address any personal issues clients may be undergoing in relation to the naturalization application process.

FASGI helps immigrants become US Citizens. We provide assistance in completing application forms and determine the client’s eligibility for a full or partial waiver of the federally mandated application fee. All applications go through a legal review process by an immigration lawyer. Becoming a citizen gives a person the right to vote, qualify for federal jobs, and makes it easier to apply for your family to join you in the United States.

Please note that we continue to assist applicants with their citizenship application during the COVID-19 lockdown. For information and assistance please email Yey Coronel at yeyc@fasgi.org or call/text (818) 271-0901 Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Arts Incubator Program

Arts Incubator Program – created in 2016 to promote and uplift Filipino and Filipino American arts and culture. The program’s mission is to:

  • Help Filipino American artists to be properly recognized and given economic opportunities for advancement;
  • Enable Filipino Americans to get in touch with their culture; and
  • To educate mainstream America on Philippine/American art.

Our program currently includes a permanent gallery, an annual exhibit (Pangitain at Pananaw – Visions and Viewpoints), special exhibits, and an artist-in-residence program. FASGI currently has 15 Filipino American artists participating in the program.

Health and Wellness

In addition to various programs implemented throughout the year, FASGI holds the annual Kapayapaan Festival, which is designed to promote wellness and peace of mind, body and spirit. The Kapayapaan Festival is a free day-long symposium of speakers, health classes, screenings and wellness checks, holistic healing, and free healthy food.

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Emergency Preparedness Program

FASGI is partnering with Listos California and Governor Gavin Newsom to ensure we are prepared in an event of an emergency. Through the Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign, we’ve had the valuable opportunity to develop outreach and education activities that address Filipino/Filipino American culture and behavior.

Our goal is to increase awareness on effective response, encourage the development of an emergency plan and promote disaster resilience.

Most disasters are unexpected and can happen fast. Prepare for an earthquake, wildfire, flood, or other emergency with these simple steps!

FASGI Cares

FASGI continues to support the Filipino-American community and all of the residents in Los Angeles County through its partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, The Better Angels, MoTHER Movement, Westin/Carson Adult Day Health Care, Pilipino Workers Center, California State University, Los Angeles, University of California, Los Angeles – Pilipinos for Community Health, and Pilipino American Public Health.

Throughout the months of November and December, FASGI is hosting webinars on COVID-19 updates, immune boosting strategies, group health coaching, yoga, meditation, social activities, one-on-one healing sessions, and so more to alleviate anxiety, stress and depression caused by the pandemic.

A collaborative project created by the Los Angeles Filipino American (FilAm) community in partnership with numerous sponsors to provide essential packages and resources that can be most helpful to our vulnerable and valuable community members.

FASGI BalikBAHAY Project

The BalikBAHAY Project, a joint effort by FASGI, Dr. Antonio Moya/UCLA National Clinicians Scholarship Program and Dr. Melanie Sabado-Liwag/CSULA, aims to do the following:

 

  • Distribute 130-150 care packages to Filipino Americans hardest hit by COVID-19 within 5 areas of Los Angeles County:  Historic Filipinotown vicinity, West Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley and the South Bay; recipients include persons who lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic and essential workers who have not been served by other programs; each care package will include healthy food items identified based on the recommendations of a dietician, an alcohol spray bottle, soap, cloth masks, gloves, tetrapaks of no sugar oolong tea donated by Vitasoy, and pamphlets with COVID-19 information (developed by the BalikBAHAY team, FASGI, and the LA County Department of Mental Health.
  • Implement a survey to study people’s reactions and perceptions on COVID-19
  • Disseminate accurate and up-to-date COVID-19 information to the public and provide ways in maintaining health and wellbeing during the pandemic and ensuing lockdown through eight webinars.

Our Mission

FASGI’s mission is to promote the cultural, social and economic advancement of individuals, families and the community by:

  • Providing high quality human, economic and community services to improve quality of life for all;
  • Identifying the community’s needs and mobilizing efforts to address these needs; and
  • Strengthening and enhancing the integration and empowerment of the Filipino American people within the greater society.

FASGI Testimonials

Hello, my name is Carlos Santos.  Thank you, FASGI, Mam Yey Coronel, and staff, for the support, therapy, and guidance you’ve given me.  Without FASGI, I do not know where I would be today. I am a victim of human trafficking and have lived without hope and in fear for many years.  Because of FASGI, I have the tools necessary to cope with the trauma I have endured. They’ve given me hope for my future and taught me that my past does not define me. Thank you, FASGI, for the hope you have given my family and me!  I pray you will continue to give others the same hope. Thank you again, and may God Bless FASGI.

—Carlos Santos, Human Trafficking Survivor

I’m a very independent woman and as long as I can do it, I will do it. I have tried to learn how to use Zoom and a computer because I like to learn new things. When the pandemic started, I frequently felt depressed and lonely at home but because of FASGI I have something to look forward to each week. The Healthy Perspectives and Happy Hour sessions makes me feel busy and the usual group makes me feel a sense of community online. I look forward to seeing the students, learning something new with each guest speaker, and keep my body moving. I’m thankful for FASGI because they were able to make me feel a lot better and less socially isolated through the pandemic.

Although I don’t have family here, now I know that I have extended family. You lighten my light everyday during this pandemic.

—Ofelia Legaspi, FASGI Healthy Perspectives Participant

Before the pandemic, I was very depressed in staying at home…I was very sick, and I always called my doctor. They said I’m not sick. When I was invited to this program, I became alive.

—Largrimas Pardilla, FASGI Healthy Perspectives Participant

The pandemic has made me so lonely at home… I had nothing to do until I joined this program.

—Lilia Fos, FASGI Healthy Perspectives Participant

…we’ve done cancer talks and webinars with them where a few healthcare workers and doctors from Cedars-Sinai Cancer would come and speak on the topic. And a favorite thing about FASGI that I like is knowing how close and tight-knit they are with the community that they serve. They’re so generous and very giving in regards to their time and energy, which I really appreciate. And I think they’ve really been successful in providing services virtually especially during this pandemic and they really just give a welcoming space to the community that they serve. 

—Shenazar Esmundo, Filipino Outreach Coordinator,
Cedars-Sinai Cancer Research Center for Health Equity

We would like others to recognize the tireless dedication and effort that FASGI and FASGI Staff does to serve the Filipino community…. Their quick mobilization [during the pandemic] in transitioning programming to an online format has proven that FASGI is a resilient organization committed to serving the community despite adversity. We are impressed and truly grateful that they have fostered a sense of community amongst their members and ours, despite operating nearly entirely remote during the pandemic. We are excited to work with FASGI in the future and hopefully under in-person circumstances. FASGI truly is an inspiration to our organization and will remain so for generations to come.

—Pilipinos For Community Health (PCH), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

We would like others to recognize the tireless dedication and effort that FASGI and FASGI Staff does to serve the Filipino community…. Their quick mobilization [during the pandemic] in transitioning programming to an online format has proven that FASGI is a resilient organization committed to serving the community despite adversity. We are impressed and truly grateful that they have fostered a sense of community amongst their members and ours, despite operating nearly entirely remote during the pandemic. We are excited to work with FASGI in the future and hopefully under in-person circumstances. FASGI truly is an inspiration to our organization and will remain so for generations to come.

—Pilipinos For Community Health (PCH), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Our Community Partners

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