The Office of Samoan Affairs of California, Inc. was founded in 1976 in San Francisco to address the myriad social issues experienced by members of the Samoan community in the greater San Francisco area. With the move of the headquarters to Los Angeles County in 1989, the target population expanded to include at-risk, economically disadvantaged, disenfranchised members of the general public, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or creed, gender or age who lived within our service delivery areas—the LA County Supervisorial Districts 2 and 4.
Services include culturally and linguistically appropriate Parenting and Anger Management classes, para-profession counseling, mental health therapy, domestic violence victims and batterer’s programs (both male and female), community outreach nutrition education, enhancement and recreational after-school programs in Long Beach, Lomita, and Carson, a youth support program at a middle school site, a senior home outreach program, and a computer literacy class on 3 LA County Housing facilities.
Our organization serves several at-risk populations such as seniors, children, and low-income communities. Our weekly foodbanks require that all staff and participants were a face mask. We have seen many participants that do not have access to disposable facemasks or cannot afford to regularly purchase face masks. We are in need of Adult size masks for our foodbank participants, we see around 150 participants a week.