Who we are
Our team has strong relationships within the Vietnamese community, as well as linkages to other service providers. The strength and uniqueness of our organization is our outreach ability. We are strong partners with many service providers. We are dedicated outreach workers, who visit churches and work places to educate people. We are organizer for quarterly community events to connect the community with sport clubs, English classes. Our staff is experienced and reliable with transportation and interpretation skills.
The mission of Vietnamese American Services, Inc. (VAS), which is a non-profit organization, is to address new and existing needs of the Vietnamese population in the Greater Washington Metro area. VAS focuses on outreach approaches and utilizing technology to improve the quality of life for the Vietnamese community as well as assisting them to integrate better into American society. VAS is the only organization in the region that reaches out to the most disadvantaged people in the Vietnamese population by outreach activities. VAS has been working with Vietnamese families to help enroll or connect them to resources and opportunities that best serve their needs.
What we do
VAS focuses on reaching out to the most disadvantaged people and referring them to existing services through a home-based outreach rather than traditional office-based services. This is more of a capacity building, connecting/bridging, and empowerment strategy rather than strictly service provision. We will work with the community to define their goals and objectives and then to link those with the wide variety of existing resources in the county.
To support our mission, VAS employs the following programs:
1) Community Engagement: VAS facilitates regular community events where our members can meet and exchange information and learn how to access services in the areas of education, employment, language acquisition, and health care, among others. VAS connects and facilitates community member to join other programs: Sports clubs, English classes, study groups.
2) Seniors and people at risk: VAS helps seniors and disadvantaged people to enroll in social benefits (which many are not aware of), access health care (through the Affordable Care Act or Medicare and Medicaid), join senior groups, promote volunteerism, and hold community events.
3) VAS utilizes technology and the Internet to serve the community with the most convenient manner. We support community with all applications, documents, bills, questions and concerns...
Long Branch Fire The Long Branch Fire last month was a disaster for low-income families living in the building. To join Montgomery County’s efforts to support victims, VAS has continued to assist the Vietnamese family that was affected by the fire. The family has moved into a new apartment and settled down successfully. Ms Minh […]