The mission of Family Bridges, Inc. is to empower the most vulnerable-- the young, the elderly, immigrants, those with health conditions, and those with limited English proficiency (LEP), especially in the Asian community-- lead self-sufficient, independent lives.
Nonprofit Family Bridges, Inc. serves about 10,000 clients-- principally monolingual and LEP Asian-language speaking, moderate-to-low income, East Bay residents. Programs include the Hong Fook Community-Based Adult Services Centers, Hong Lok Senior Centers, the Friendly Visitors program, the Social Services program, and Lake Merritt Child Care Center.
Our services are open to people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. We still specialize in aiding the Asian community, however, so Family Bridges staff members and volunteers speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, and, of course, English. Participants in every Family Bridges program can count on bilingual support.
And speaking of support...Family Bridges counts on our volunteers, and funding from private foundations, government agencies, and private individuals.
In the late 1960s, a wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in the United States, "pulled" by favorable changes in U.S. immigration laws and "pushed" by China's difficult political conditions. The city of Oakland received many of these immigrants-- most of whom lacked basic skills needed to find housing, gain employment, and obtain health care.
In 1968, a group of volunteers founded the Oakland Chinese Community Council, Inc., a Chinese-language information and referral service, to assist these immigrants. Over many years our services diversified, and we began actively reaching beyond the Chinese community. In 2000 we changed our name to Family Bridges.
Family Bridges, Inc. is a non-profit multi-services community based organization that has been serving the Asian American communities in the East Bay for more than 40 years. Family Bridges, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, age or disability.