who are we?
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.
WHAT WE DO/MISSION
KITHS mission is to connect immigrants and refugees with accessing and utilizing resources vital to their livelihood. KITHS advocates for the strengthening of the immigrant and refugee communities by providing opportunities for skill building that promotes self-sufficiency.
WHO WE ARE/VISION
KITHS provides face to face encounters (as needed), telephonic support, in-office assistance, interpretation/language access needs, and many more.
KITHS hope to break the cycle of generational poverty among immigrants and refugees (especially among Cambodian immigrants and refugees) by supporting their healing and promoting economic development.
KITHS Long-Term Vision of Social Justice
KITHS purpose is to provide space for shared resources whilst advocating for social justice for immigrants and refugees. 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.
KITHS vision is to support immigrants and refugees with sustaining self-sufficiency by creating opportunities that fosters independence, growth, healing, and development. As a result, immigrants and refugees residing in Philadelphia may:
Enhance leadership skills
Improve health and wellness
Become more economically self-sufficient
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 Cambodian 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 Cambodian Americans, immigrants, and refugees.