OUR HISTORY

MISSION
At Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA) we strive to empower and advocate for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs); and to provide AAPIs and other communities access to quality culturally and linguistically appropriate information, health, and social services.

ABOUT
Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA) was founded in 1995 by four women who sought to improve the quality of life for Asians in Northeast Ohio. Serving as the only Asian American and Pacific Islander focused health and social services 501(c)(3) organization in the State of Ohio, ASIA has taken on the most challenging tasks to help the underserved, low-income and immigrant communities across the state. Today, the organization provides social services and health services for over 58,000 individuals coordinated out of four offices located in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. ASIA provides culturally and linguistically appropriate resources to ensure effective programming that addresses the needs of the community.

VISION
We want AAPI individuals, families, and communities to

  • progress further along the path towards self-sufficiency;
  • be deeply engaged in civic life;
  • have equal access to opportunities;
  • be well understood through the vast availability of community data and information; and
  • achieve optimal health and well-being.

Institutions, systems, and organizations will have greater competency and awareness of the AAPIs and other vulnerable communities leading towards improved policies and practices.

Asian Services In Action, Inc. Founding Mothers – Missing Lilly Josea

HISTORY
Four women, each a professional in her own field, met together to discuss the untapped potential existing in the emerging Asian Pacific American (APA) population in Northeast Ohio. They knew that hard work, challenges and barriers would lie ahead. 

Committing their time and resources to this undertaking, these friends soon laid the foundation for Asian Services In Action, Inc., known as ASIA, Inc., with great hopes and aspirations to improve the quality of life for Asians in Northeast Ohio.

They started small. Their first effort was the planning and carrying out of a one-day health initiative that reached 60 members from the Asian community.

That was back in 1995. Today, the organization has opened two main social service offices in Cleveland and Akron, along with programs statewide. Through the need of the community, The International Community Health Center, ASIA-ICHC, opened its first doors in the heart of Cleveland’s AsiaTown the summer of 2013, and serving over 1000 patients to-date. With the growth of the immigrant community, ICHC opened a second office in Akron in June of 2016.

The organization serves over 58,000 new American clients and patients through 60+ programs and services, annually. ASIA, Inc. has a language capacity of over 55 ethnic dialects.