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ICHS now a ‘Safe Place’ for youth in crisis

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International Community Health Services (ICHS) clinics are now “Safe Places” for runaway and homeless youth ages 12-17.

 

By being designated a Safe Place, ICHS will help to quickly connect youth in crisis to services, either by reuniting them with their family or providing them with emergency shelter.

 

“We are proud for ICHS to be a Safe Place because we want to ensure that ICHS is seen as refuge for youth who need assistance and support during difficult times,” said Sherman Lohn, ICHS chief operations officer.  “Working with Safe Place gives ICHS one more tool to ensure that young people are connected to needed and safe services.”

 

Safe Place is a national program that allows youth to go to a Safe Place site or call a toll free number, and within 45 minutes, a Safe Place coordinator will arrive to provide assistance.

 

ICHS is among the Seattle-area businesses and non-profit organizations that have volunteered to be Safe Places where youth can go and request assistance. Staff members are trained to appropriately respond to youth in need, and to immediately contact Safe Place.

 

Safe Place also maintains a 24-hour hotline, 1-800-422-TEEN where youth can directly connect with Safe Place staff.

 

For more information about ICHS, please visit: www.ichs.com

International District Medical Positions

Over $187,000 raised at 2016 Bloom Gala for charity care at ICHS

 

Connie Chin, sister of the late Donnie Chin, along with members of the International District Emergency Center, received the 2016 Bamboo Award on behalf of the late law enforcement advocate at the 2016 Bloom Gala. Photo by Joel Aguiar
Connie Chin, sister of the late Donnie Chin, along with members of the International District Emergency Center, received the 2016 Bamboo Award on behalf of the late law enforcement advocate at the 2016 Bloom Gala. Photo by Joel Aguiar

More than $187,000 was raised for uncompensated care at the medical and dental clinics of International Community Health Services (ICHS) at the 2016  Bloom Gala, which also honored the late community activist Donnie Chin and Washington Dental Foundation for their service to the community.

 

The gala, held Saturday, May 21 at Seattle Westin, drew more than 400 people, who helped celebrate the achievements and successes of ICHS, as well as its continuing commitment to providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to the community.

 

“We are grateful to the growing family of supporters who come to our gala and contribute to the cause,” Ron Chew, executive director of the ICHS Foundation, said. “As ICHS expands its regional presence, we anticipate organizing other events as well. We’ve already begun planning for our second annual Lunar New Year 5k walk/run, which will take place in Shoreline in early 2017. Stay tuned!”

 

ICHS operates full-service medical and dental clinics in the Chinatown/International District neighborhood, Holly Park/South Seattle, Bellevue, and Shoreline, and locations at Seattle World School and at Asian Counseling and Referral Service, and a Mobile Dental Clinic. The clinics care for more than 25,500 patients a year, and provide about $1.2 million in uncompensated health care to needy patients.

 

An emotional highlight of the gala was presentation of the 2016 Bamboo Award for Health to Washington Dental Service Foundation and the late Donnie Chin, founder of the International District Emergency Center, who was a personal friend to many patients and staff at ICHS. He was killed by still unidentified assailants on July 23, 2015. His sister, Connie, and members of IDEC received the award on his behalf.

 

For more information about ICHS, please visit: www.ichs.com

2015 Annual Report Celebrates Accomplishments, Outlines Plans for the Future

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Outstanding accomplishments and honors in 2015, and ambitious plans for 2016 and beyond, are highlighted in the new 2015 International Community Health Services (ICHS) Annual Report.

 

ICHS CEO Teresita Batayola said the Annual Report celebrates the good things that happened at ICHS, as well as the opportunities that the organization is ready to seize moving forward.

 

“We thank you for your friendship, advocacy, and support as ICHS continues to pursue opportunities to work on behalf of those we serve and reaffirm the vision that has sustained us from the beginning: Healthy people, stronger families, and vibrant communities,” she said.

 

To download a copy of the 2015 Annual Report, click here.

 

To request a print copy of the report, please contact Herbert Atienza at herberta@ichs.com or 206.788.3667.