Filipino Community of Seattle
5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S.
Seattle, WA 98118
Phone: (206) 722-9372
Email: [email protected]
August 1, 2019
Dear Friend of FCS,
I want to share a story of 70-year old Teofila who immigrated in 2001 from the Phillippines and lived with her family in Shoreline, WA for 16 years.
Living outside of the city posed challenges for Teofila including social isolation. Language barriers and her ability to move around due to health issues were daily challenges. The closest bus stop was about a mile away. She was alone during the day and sometimes late into the night due to her family members' busy work schedules. Her quality of life and situation became dire- until the community center run by the Fillipino Community of Seattle (FCS).
FCS was as a refuge for Teofila who looked forward to Thursdays when she was picked up by an Access bus from her home and taken to the center. The bus ride allowed her to meet other seniors experiencing isolated lives- just like her - and they would become close friends. At the center, she enjoyed the company of Fillipinos in a culturally appropriate environment. She communicated easily among st those that knew her culture. But due to her limited mobility, she could not participate in Zumba and other activities like many of the other seniors, but she was happy to socialize and spoke with friends about their favorite topics- their children and grandchildren. This socialization gave her the strength an resiliency that kept her going through the week. It sustained and kept her healthy and fulfilled for 16 years!
FCS improved Teofila's quality of life, also positively affected her family members which is the reason why one of them volunteered for the organization, and recently decided to join its Board of Directors.
FCS was established in 1931 as a fellowship organization that supported the migrant Filipino workers and their families. To respond to the needs of the community, it transformed into a social service agency that improves the quality of life of Filipinos and their families in the Greater Seattle area and beyond. It provides culturally appropriate, client centered social services to anyone who needs them; advocates for fairness and social justice; and keeps the Filipino traditions thriving through arts and cultural programs.
In 2018, FCS served 7200 seniors through he Senior Lunch Program and Foodbank, and 2500 youth and young adults through its youth programming. It also assisted Filipino immigrants in becoming US citizens through citizenship classes and provided anti-Domestic Violence training to individuals and organizations. Recently, FCS has embarked on creating a "Village" where 94 units of senior housing and an Innovative Learning Center for STEAM program for youth will be constructed. The project is expected to break ground in early fall this year.
Like other non-profit organizations, FCS is dependent on the community's support to continue providing a social safety net for Filipinos, their families, and other members of the community.
Can you help us today? A contribution of $25, $50, $100, or whatever amount you can afford is much appreciated! We gladly accept your donation at this secure link:
Thank you in advance for your contribution!
Agnes Navarro - Garcia
President, Board of Directors