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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.

Engaging Men Program Survey

Students in the Quadrangle, the University of Sydney, by Sydney Uni

Please click here to take the AFSSA Engaging Men Program Survey, which may take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is critical to helping us provide the best services and outreach to diverse communities here in Austin.

Asian Family Support Services of Austin designed this survey to gather information about young men’s attitudes towards violence against women and girls. The survey questions were prepared around the issues of male violence towards females in a relationship. The data will be used to develop a curriculum for engaging men to end violence against women and girls.

Please be assured that your answers will be kept confidential.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Kim at kkim@afssaustin.org

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

Sexual Assault Community Educator - Full Time

ASIAN FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES of AUSTIN
SEXUAL ASSAULT COMMUNITY EDUCATOR


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


The Sexual Assault Community Educator will be responsible for designing, implementing and
assessing community education, prevention and outreach activities for the growing Austin area
Asian community.


This position will report to the Sexual Assault Prevention and Services Coordinator and the
Executive Director.

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

Sexual Assault Advocate - Full Time

ASIAN FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES of AUSTIN
SEXUAL ASSAULT ADVOCATE


Started in 1992, Asian Family Support Services of Austin, or AFSSA (formerly 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 Sexual Assault Advocate will be responsible for implementing direct services for sexual

assault victims from diverse Asian immigrant communities. AFSSA is committed to providing the highest quality, client centered and strength based services. This position will directly report to the Direct Services Manager.

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

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.

Use your language skills to help women and children

East Asian Grandmother and Granddaughter


Asian Family Support Services of Austin, or AFSSA (formerly Saheli) is seeking dedicated bi-lingual volunteers who are interested in using their language skills to help survivors of violence. Possibility of contract employment. Training will be provided.

All languages welcome, especially: Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Cantonese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Karenni, Karen, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Persian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tigrinya, Urdu, Visayan, and Vietnamese.

Interpreter Training dates:

Evaluation: Jan. 20th or Jan. 23rd  from 10a – 12p  
and Jan. 28th from 1:30p - 2:30p

Classes: Feb. 3rd to 27th on Mondays & Thursdays from 10a – 2p
(No class Monday Feb. 17th, class will be rescheduled to Tuesday Feb. 18th)

Location: Highland Mall Area

Training will be FREE for all AFSSA volunteers. Learn more about becoming a volunteer!

 

CALL 512-358-6318 x 201 TO REGISTER FOR THE TRAINING.

THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 27th

 

If you are interested in going through the training or know someone who would be interested, please forward this information to them. Training is during the weekday to encourage stay-at-home moms and retired members of our communities to participate. We need to spread the word about this so we can get maximum participation.  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Rajani if you would like copies of the flier to post at places of worship, businesses or other community centers.

 

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.

Holiday Gift Drive for Survivors of Violence

This holiday season, join Asian Family Support Services of Austin, or AFSSA (formerly Saheli) in a gift donation drive for families affected by violence. A small donation from you will make a world of difference in their lives.

AFSSA clients consistently show courage and bravery on a daily basis as they fight to break the cycle of abuse and become self-sufficient members of the community. We are constantly in awe of their strength and determination to start over and work towards a better future for themselves and their children. Our clients are often left with very little during this process and do not have enough at the end of the day to celebrate the holidays.

 

SAHELI Holiday Gift Drive for Survivors of Domestic Violence

 

AFSSA wants to share the holiday joy with its clients and we can’t do it without your help. Please consider helping AFSSA clients by donating any of the following:

Slippers

Bath and body products

Costume Jewelry

Scarves

Gift cards to Target, Walmart, restaurants or movie theaters

Balls

Art sets

Stuffed animals

Toy trucks

Books

Items may be dropped off at the donation box at the Asian American Chamber of Commerce located in the Arc Center at 8001 Centre Park Drive, Suite 160 Austin, TX 78754.

The deadline for donations is December 12th. Please contact mwilkin@afssustin.org if you have any questions.

A note about gift wrapping donations: Gift wrap is optional! If you wish to wrap your items first, please ensure they are marked with "age 5-8, boy" or "teenager, either gender" and so on. The note should be attached with tape so it won't fall off, since unmarked items will be opened to determine the contents.


We also need help spreading the word to different communities. Please consider sharing this to your friends and family on social media or with a printable PDF version of our flyer in white.


Facebook share button for SAHELI Page


Thank you for your generosity!

 

 


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