HISTORY OF CAMBODIANS IN PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia’s Cambodian Immigrant and Refugee population developed in the 1980s as refugees settled here in the wake of the Cambodian Civil War but Philadelphia has a long history of accepting refugees and immigrants. The city has thrived because of the number of different immigrant populations who have settled here. Much of Philadelphia’s character and vibrancy is owed to generation after generation of immigrants finding a home in this city. In return for the economic and cultural benefits that immigrants provide Philadelphia, the city owes it to these populations to provide assistance in navigating our local, state, and federal systems.
WHO WE ARE/MISSION
KITHS mission is to create opportunities that can lead to self-sufficiency within the immigrant and refugee communities. KITHS provides education on vital resources, offers training on effective use of resources, and develops opportunities for skill building by delivering services that support an individual’s identified needs. KITHS also focuses on the wellness, resiliency, and positive attributes of each individual when providing these services. KITHS believes that the right opportunities and training can lead to self-sufficiency. KITHS helps individuals achieve self-sufficiency one resource at a time.
WHAT WE DO/VISION
KITHS provides face to face encounters (as needed), telephonic support, in-office assistance, interpretation/language access needs, and many more.
The focus is on the individuals' health and wellness so the services provided will target those needs.
KITHS vision is to support individuals with sustaining self-sufficiency by creating opportunities that fosters independence, growth, healing and development.
KITHS long-term vision of social justice
KITHS goal is to provide space for shared resources, advocate for social justice, and support self-sufficiency, independence and growth. KITHS long-term vision of social justice is to build and enhance leadership skills among leaders within the immigrant and refugee communities, encourage the questioning of current systems that do not offer equal opportunities and/or systems that continue to not value immigrants and refugees as productive members of society. The ultimate goal is that community members begin to have a voice to discuss concerns relevant to the immigrant and refugee communities and begin to put into action changes that elevate immigrants and refugees in Philadelphia.
AREAS OF FOCUS
Community Health & Wellness Program
(Services focuses on providing resource education and health & wellness information)
The "Genocide to Tableside" project aligns with this program
The "Kith's Kitchen" project aligns with this program
Community Outreach and Volunteer Program
(Services will focus on supporting older adults with engagement and increased socialization)
The "Coffee, Conversation, and Community" project aligns with this program
Community Mental Health Program (not active, not yet licensed)
Outpatient Psychiatric Services - KITHS will provide a safe therapeutic space that is culturally and linguistically appropriate, trauma informed, and inclusive of the individual’s entire needs. KITHS Outpatient Psychiatric Services has a mission to ensure that vulnerable communities such as Asian Americans, immigrants and refugees have access to mental health care that is targeted to their unique needs. More specifically, the goal is to provide care that is inclusive of the individuals’ entire needs, which includes family, faith, and spiritual beliefs. Focusing on multiple domains of an individual’s life could decrease stigma associated with seeking mental health support. Thereby, increasing mental health use; this then promotes health, hope and resiliency among Asian Americans, immigrants, and refugees.