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Little Tokyo Service Center News - March 2007
An Office With a Great View by Bill Watanabe

Little Tokyo Service Center has a small but very special group of people that we call our "Legacy Partners". These are folks who have made a particular kind of commitment to the future of the agency by making what is called a "planned gift."

Most of us who make charitable contributions usually do so by writing a check or giving cash or perhaps making a donation of some item - and these are important because they help to underwrite the daily costs of providing services.

A planned gift is simply thinking of supporting agencies like LTSC as you consider and plan for the disposition of your assets as you comtemplate retirement, tax savings in the future, and the eventuality of your own death. A major gift could be made through the use of an IRA or other tax-deferred pension funds, or perhaps in the liquidation of appreciated assets like long-term stock or a home, or perhaps in your own will

Most of us are probably not considered wealthy, but with planned giving, even those with modest means can become a major donor to our Endowment fund which should last in perpetuity.

If you would like to consider making a Legacy gift to LTSC, please let us know so we can work with you as a Legacy Partner, because you truly do become a partner in the future of LTSC and should be acknowledged in a special way!

Save the Date: Sake & Food Tasting and Awards Gala

Sake & Food Tasting and Awards Gala
Thursday, April 26, 2007

California Science Center
Exposition Park
700 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Enjoy a unique evening of science and sake with hors d' oeuvres from LA's top restaurants to compliment the palette of sake from around the world. Sake experts will be on hand to provide education on sake and food pairings at various stations. As guests sample the offerings, they will have access to the California Science Center exhibits including the limited engagement Star Wars Exhibit: Where Science Meets Imagination. This year the event will also honor Iron Chef Morimoto for his community involvement.

General Admission: $40 in advance; $45 at the door
VIP: (exclusive table service with premium sake & food during VIP Reception 6-7pm; early entry) $75
Group rate: (available for parties of 8 or more, General Admission Only) $35 each

Click here to buy your tickets online.

Table Sponsorships from $1,000 Bronze Level to $20,000 Title Level

For more information call Noelle at 213-473-1608 or email her at

Did You Know?

Sake is often consumed during Shinto purification rituals. Barrels of sake are broken open (Kagami biraki) during Shinto festivals and ceremonies or following sports victories: this sake (called iwai-zake, literally "celebration sake") is served freely to all to spread good fortune.

Source: Wikipedia.

For Sale-2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 Sedan

Support LTSC by driving a beautiful luxury car! We have received a generous donation of this Mercedes from a Japanese-American couple. All proceeds from the sale of the car will go to LTSC. The original price was $67k. The current Kelly Blue Book Value given the mileage at 102 miles is $21,000, but we are asking only $18,000 OBO!

  • Blue/Green exterior w/ tan leather interior
• Moonroof, wood steering wheel, ALL Power Options, Navigation, Bose Premium Stereo,
Clean, spacious interior - luxury amenities - engine runs great. Inquiries to: 213-473-1613.
Not Without Hope: This Month's Client Story

Nikkei Help Line has been helping people for over twenty years. Many of those who received help return to LTSC to express their gratitude. Ms. W was living with an abusive husband who eventually abandoned her and their 5 children including one child who was developmentally disabled. After he left, Ms. W had no way to provide her children with necessities and eventually their telephone, water, gas and electricity were disconnected.

The Nikkei Help Line Support Committee honored Mrs. Kim and LTSC for their dedication to the Nikkei Help Line.

  A pastor at her church told her about the Nikkei Help Line. Luckily there was a payphone near her house and Ms. W was able to call Nikkei Help Line’s toll-free number. The volunteers on the other end of the line spoke Japanese and she was able to talk as long as she needed without concern of the cost. This was extremely comforting during this terrible time. The Nikkei Help Line volunteers created a support system for Ms. W that included LTSC’s social workers, public and private assistance, churches and the Rafu Shimpo. This collaborative effort linked her with emergency resources and helped stabilize Ms. W and her family.

Eventually Ms. W was able to find affordable housing for her and her children. With the help of the Nikkei Help Line she found the strength within herself to take on the challenges of her new life. In her seventies now Ms. W is grateful to LTSC and the volunteer listeners at the Nikkei Help Line who helped her overcome hardship so she and her children could thrive.

To support Nikkei Help Line’s efforts to maintain a 24-hour toll-free line click here.

Bank of the West Supports Kosumosu

LTSC would like to thank Bank of the West for their support of our Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Program “Kosumosu.” Kosumosu (Japanese for cosmos) is a flower usually found in the wild. They appear delicate and pretty, but are known to be resilient enough to bounce back from a storm or even from treading.

LTSC’s Kosumosu is a long-term transitional housing program for survivors of spousal abuse and their children. The women who live here have fled abusive relationships with their children. However, this is not simply a shelter. Once in the safety of our 9 unit transitional housing facility, the women are provided with counseling, job search assistance, personalized independence planning, care-management, and help finding permanent housing. These services enable women to work on their long-term goals, become empowered, and begin to rebuild new, healthier lives.

Kosumosu flower
(cosmos bipinnatus)

With the support of Bank of the West LTSC is able to continue much-needed transitional housing services for survivors of domestic violence in the Southern California Los Angeles area community. On behalf of the women and children living in Kosumosu, thank you Bank of the West!

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Little Tokyo Service Center

231 E. Third Street, Suite G-106
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 473-3030