What We’ve Been Doing…
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to the Black Lives Matter protests on the streets of Los Angeles, KYCC has rapidly mobilized not only to respond to these unprecedented and historical times, but also to make sure that we are CONTINUING to provide the critical services that we have provided to the Koreatown community for the past 45 years.
We have been responding to our community, fielding hundreds of phone calls—some of them heartbreaking and desperate—for people who needed food, basic cleaning supplies, essential items like toilet paper and toothpaste.
Our Community Economic Development team hosted YouTube webinars and one-on-one meetings to help small business owners navigate both the shutdown and reopening of their businesses. We’ve just launched our Drive-Through Free Tax Prep LA services.
Our Emergency Hot Meal and Grocery Delivery Team delivered thousands of hot meals to isolated elders and medically compromised individuals who were quarantined and unable to leave their homes. We were especially honored to buy hot meals from our local businesses who were financially impacted from the Safer-at-Home orders.
Kids Town Preschool opened their doors to provide childcare to the essential workforce, ensuring that their children were safe in sanitized classrooms, with daily temperature checks and proper PPE.
Our Environmental Services team have provided around-the-clock cleanups, including the day after businesses in our community were tagged and looted. They have also been planting and maintaining trees throughout the quarantine, as part of the City’s essential infrastructure workforce.
Our new Recovery Services was filled to capacity, as the effects of isolation and quarantine were particularly difficult for our community struggling with substance use disorders. We were there to provide support as we knew these times were prime for relapsing.
Clinical Services moved to telehealth, making sure that our clients were receiving the mental health support they needed, without cessation and in three languages, during this period where many have felt the despondence of financial and emotional uncertainty.
Youth Services pivoted to Zoom sessions for our elementary, middle and high school students, and even offered one-on-one tutoring sessions to students having difficulty adapting to distance learning and remote classrooms.
Our Prevention Education team has built up virtual coalitions and community forums to continue to reduce youth access to alcohol, tobacco and marijuana products.
And lastly, we launched a Community Storytelling Program, where high school youth in our neighborhood learned the fundamentals of journalism, Interviewed each other, community members and elders to document the COVID-19 experience in Koreatown.
Please help us to continue to provide this essential and important work for our community!