On February 19, more than 100 supporters, friends and clients dropped by our open house to celebrate the expansion of the Social Services to the South Bay. Our new office is located at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute at 1964 W. 162nd St., Gardena.
Little Tokyo Service Center has provided services to seniors, caregivers and families with young children in the South Bay for more than 20 years. Last fall, LTSC received a grant from NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit organization, to enhance services, provide support to establish an office, and expand accessibility and outreach to the large Japanese American community in the South Bay, including the large Shin-Issei (post-World War II Japanese immigrant) population living and working in the area.
In LA County, one in five Nikkei (Japanese Americans) is over the age of 65 and 4% of our community is over the age of 85. That means services like ours are not only needed, but crucial in continuing to make positive change.
“We’re really fortunate to be able to create a permanent space here at JCI to be able to provide even more services,” said Executive Director Dean Matsubayashi.
The new office is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. for walk-ins and other times by appointment.
Read the full coverage on the Rafu Shimpo here and watch Dean’s opening remarks available for viewing via Cultural News.