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LTSCene - February 2015

Casa Yonde, JPMorgan Chase Partnership, inaugural Through the Seasons newsletter

Casa Yonde: A bright and healthy home

LTSC and the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) celebrated the grand opening of Casa Yonde, New Hampshire Family Housing project.  Casa Yonde, which means “House and Alliance” replaces 26 obsolete aging housing units with 52 brand new green, healthy homes.  Casa Yonde will be a place where people come together in all their diversity, creating a unity and synergy greater than the sum of its parts. Casa Yonde serves as a model for neighborhood-based investments and is outstanding example of how the affordable housing industry in Los Angeles can transform communities and help people in need.

Every month we will feature milestones in LTSC’s 35-year history
Yasuko helping a client in LTSC’s original office at the JACCC
In October 1980, LTSC began providing social services to the Japanese American community with one bilingual case manager, Yasuko Sakamoto, who helped monolingual seniors in Little Tokyo and others throughout LA.
LTSC’s Social Services Department serves clients throughout Los Angeles
...Today, LTSC has 18 social workers providing information & referral, community outreach/education, advocacy, senior services, mental health counseling, domestic violence counseling and case management in 5 languages to thousands of people to address emerging needs in our community.

Yasuko, now Director of Social Services, continues her work at LTSC because, "the needs for culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate services and the stigma associated with social services, especially mental health services, still exist in our community as Asians are traditionally reticent to seek help with personal problems. Our goal is to increase the accessibility of these services in the community."

Strong Partnerships to build Affordable Housing

LTSC is proud to be a special partner with JPMorgan Chase in our endeavors to build affordable housing.  Chase has provided LTSC with a line of credit that we can access when developing our low-income housing projects. This low interest loan is vital to our ability to build affordable housing projects in Los Angeles.  LTSC wishes to thank Chase for its partnership and its belief in our program.

Through the Seasons

Through the Seasons [春夏秋冬]​ is a quarterly publication of Little Tokyo Service Center ​'s​ Social Services Department​. This is a new way ​for us to communicate directly​ and stay in touch​ with our donors, workshop participants, stakeholders​​, and clients, past and present.​ As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of LTSC, we are looking to celebrate our past and build our future, together with the community. We hope that you find the material interesting and educational, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to email us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .​

Click here to view Through the Seasons.
Grace Iino Child Care Center has only one set of these pretty sheets and is looking for 16 more

Wish List

Grace Iino Child Care Center needs 16 crib sheets for our new mattresses. We like the aqua and celery colors available on Amazon.

The Far East Lounge is looking for yoga blocks, music stands and beads for jewelry making. If you would like to help, please e-mail Izumi Harry at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Donate Your Old Car to LTSC

Donating your vehicle is free and easy, just ask one of our recent donors:

This was the third time we donated a car to LTSC, and each time was a positive experience. We got information on the process quickly, and things went on as stated. The towing away was conducted in a professional and kind manner. We felt we were giving something of sentimental value to our family to an organization that would help find some good use for it. We received timely feedback once it was sold. This is one experience I would share with my family and friends if they are considering a donation. -R.A.

Call (213) 473-1613 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to donate today!

January Donors – Thank You for Your Support!

Young & Eiko Amano
Akemi Arakaki
John Asari
Big Island Candies
Yi Bing Chen
Lorraine & Jeffrey Dohzen
Christopher Espinosa
Kelly Fry
Alex Fukui
Shashi Hanuman
Takahiro Ide
Dr. Kenji Irie
Toyoko & Iwao Kawakami
Mark Kawauchi
Jenni Kuida & Tony Osumi
Keiko Kuida
Hiroko & Sidney Kunitake
Nobuko & Jesse Marcial
June & Gary Masada
Christine & Jeff Murakami
Trisha Murakawa & Warren Wong
Dean Okamura
Kazuko & Gene Pinkerton
Lisa Sugino & Jay Rosenthal
Julia Takeda
Mable & Frank Takenaka
Keith Umemoto
Kyoko Utsunomiya
David & Donna Uyehara
Maki & Richard Wallace
Emily & Dan Weaver
Betty Yumori

In Memory of Koichi Ichikawa
Janice & Chao Ming Yen
In Memory of Dr. Mitsuo Inouye
Lily Ann Inouye
In Memory of Nancy Kikuchi
Sakura Lee
In Memory of Louise Nagano
Kimiyo Zaima
In-kind donations
Disa Lindgren
Kimi Maru & David Monkawa
Patty & Steve Nagano
Christy Sakamoto
Karen & Edward Toguchi
Vehicle donations

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