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Mission

Asian Family Support Services of Austin, or AFSSA (formerly SAHELI) is a nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas, that provides assistance to Asian and other immigrant families dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.

Our mission is to promote abuse-free Asian communities through advocacy, support, awareness and access to social services.

AFSSA envisions healthy, abuse-free Asian communities.


AFSSA specifically addresses the cultural and language needs of Asian and other immigrant families affected by domestic violence.  Our values and mission are reflected in our programs, which integrate culture and language specific direct services, educational programs, and community-based initiatives and advocacy.

Holiday Gift Giving

 

Holiday Drive

1000 Cranes of Peace Launches 3/20 with Amplify Austin

Amplify Austin Fundraiser AFSSA 1000 Origami Cranes of Peace

 

Join Asian Family Support Services of Austin (formerly SAHELI) for our annual 1000 Cranes for Peace project!  Every year, the Central Texas community collectively builds an origami art installation while helping families find peace from abuse. This year, our goal is to build the largest origami crane installation yet!

 

Architecture, Art & Activism


For every $10 raised, an origami crane will be added to the art installation. For this year's project, we have partnered with  Urban Jobe Architecture and Jobe Fabrication to capture the energy and spirit of the project and turn it into an interactive art installation to be unveiled at the end of June.



GET INTO THE FOLD on March 20th and 21st through Amplify Austin!

This year, we have partnered with Amplify Austin to launch 1000 Cranes for Peace. You now have the opportunity to participate in 1000 Cranes through the 24 hour Amplify Austin campaign.  Not only will you kickstart the coolest origami project in town, but get to participate in the largest community fundraising event of the year!

For every $10 you donate or raise through through Amplify Austin, a personalized crane with the donor or honoree's name will be added to the installation.  For more impact, Start a Flock of Cranes and have friends and family help your Flock grow by creating a fundraising page!

For 24 hours, from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 20 and 21st, over 450 Austin nonprofits - including Asian Family Support Services of Austin (Formerly SAHELI) - will be working hard to crank up the giving and help raise $4 million for all of the great non-profits in Austin.

Wait, it even gets better!  Come join us at Komé Sushi Kitchen for a little crane folding party during lunch time on March 21st.  Drop by, grab some lunch, get into the fold, do a little giving and help us raise awareness!


Join us for the Launch

There are several ways to join us!

Go to Asian Family Support Services of Austin's Amplify Austin page and

  1. Schedule your donation in advance; and/or
  2. Start your own personal fundraising page; and/or
  3. Amplify your donation by donating  between the hours of 3 AM-4 AM on March 21st to help us raise an additional $1000 bass booster prize!
  4. Worried about not getting up in time to donate?  Call or email Melaina Wilkin at 512-358-6318512-358-6318 x 216 or mwilkin@afssaustin.org to find out how you can participate; or
  5. Join us Friday, March 21st from 11-1 at Komé Sushi for a little crane folding party and eat some sushi.  We'll also be taking sponsorships onsite; and
  6. On March 20th & 21st help spread the word by sharing our Facebook posts and our Tweets about Amplify ATX.

Asian Family Support Services of Austin 1000 Origami Cranes of Peace

Weekend & Evening Helpline Advocate

ASIAN FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES of AUSTIN
WEEKEND and EVENING HELPLINE ADVOCATE


Started in 1992, Asian Family Support Services of Austin (formally known as SAHELI) is a nonprofit
organization that helps and empowers Asian victims and survivors of domestic abuse, improves
their access services and increases community awareness of various forms of gender based
violence and oppression.


The Weekend and Evening Helpline Advocate is responsible for answering helpline calls,
providing culturally-grounded crisis intervention, support, safety planning, resource information
and referral to AFSSA services and other community based services to helpline callers. AFSAA is
committed to providing the highest quality, client centered and strength based services.
This position will directly report to the Hotline Manager.

Please see attachment for full job description and instructions for applying.

Abuse is Wrong in Any Language (Hindi)

Abuse is Wrong in Any Language Hindi Translation to End Domestic Violence



Abuse is wrong in any language.

If you or someone you know is in a dangerous situation, please call our toll free helpline at any time, in any language, and in complete confidentiality: 1-877-281-8371.

Asian Family Support Services of Austin, or AFSSA (formerly Saheli) specializes in providing services such as counseling and referrals to Asian families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking. Call us. We can help.

Have you seen our new posters around town?

Have you seen our new posters around town? Our Community Education team worked hard to create five different posters to share with different Asian communities. If you know any organization or have any friends who would like to help us distribute the posters where they can do the most good, please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator Kim at kkim@afssaustin.org.

Poster for Asian Families Domestic Violence Korean Vietnamese Chinese Mandarin

 


Domestic Violence in the Chinese Community

18% of Chinese Americans said that a woman experiencing abuse should not tell anyone. We disagree.

Language Access Program (LAP) Advocate

Asian Family Support Services of Austin, or AFSSA (formerly Saheli) is seeking part-time Language Access Program Advocates to conduct community outreach and provide crisis management, advocacy, and peer support to domestic violence survivors. The Advocate is an empathetic individual with excellent communication skills, understands domestic violence issues, immigrant concerns and is perceptive to client’s needs. The Advocate is engaged with their specific community, appreciates Asian family and community dynamics and can communicate sensitive information in a culturally appropriate manner.

 

Candidates must be bilingual in English and at least one of the following languages: Vietnamese  

This is an on-call position where hours worked are based on need. Advocates are required to attend regularly scheduled paid trainings. $14.25/hour. US work permit is required. Please send resume to AFSSA at info@afssaustin.org or P.O. Box 14234, Austin, TX 78761. Please no inquiry phone calls.

 

AFSSA is a nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas, that provides assistance to Asian and other families dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.

 

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