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 serving over 1000 patients. 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.