Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2018 cycle of Keiro’s Grants Program! Keiro is looking forward to working with all 30 of these organizations to help reduce social isolation among older adults and caregivers in the Japanese American and Japanese community.
(Recipients in alphabetical order)
American Society of
Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors (ASA) is an organization that supports
atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha)
with annual exams, visits from doctors, and an annual commemoration ceremony
for A-bomb victims and survivors.
Methodist Church has over 100 years of history serving the local Japanese
American and Japanese community. Their focus is on enriching lives, to have
their members empowered to impact the world.
Church is home to a congregation with many Japanese American older adults
and caregivers. CBC provides activities and fellowship aimed towards
experiencing grace and growing in love for its members.
Church in Redondo Beach is the site for weekly opportunities of engagement
and enrichment through the New Community “Fureai”
program which started in 2018. This program brings together the local community
and offers opportunities for socialization.
for the Nikkei Widowed, Inc. provides support to Japanese American and
Japanese older adults who have lost their spouses.
East San Gabriel
Valley Japanese Community Center has been holding its Senior Wellness
Program for over 35 years and has expanded to offering it on both Tuesdays and
Wednesdays. This program offers social activities, exercise programs, a
nutritious lunch, and educational seminars to its older adult members.
Church, Altadena was established over 100 years ago and serves a
congregation of primarily Japanese American older adults.
Japanese Cultural Institute has served the Japanese American and Japanese
community living in the South Bay for over 50 years through educational,
social, and cultural programs for all ages. They offer a variety of programs
throughout the week serving around 900 older adults annually.
Ensemble, Inc. conducts concerts that benefit the emotional, social, and
intellectual wellbeing of Japanese American and Japanese older adults and their
caregivers through performing their favorite songs in both English and Japanese.
Christian Chapel serves both Japanese American and Japanese residents of
Ventura County, and is focused on providing Sunday services, community
outreach, and advancing their mission to care for the elderly.
Nutrition Services has provided daily hot Japanese lunches and referral
services to older adults living in Little Tokyo and the surrounding area for
over 40 years.
Long Beach Japanese
Cultural Center and Long Beach Harbor Pioneer Project has focused on
improving the quality of life for older adults in the local Japanese American
and Japanese community for over 60 years.
Los Angeles Holiness
Church (English Division) is a multi-generational Christian church founded
in 1921 that serves both English and Japanese-speaking congregations. With an
aging congregation, LAHC enhances the spiritual, social, emotional, and
physical wellbeing of older adults and caregivers in its congregation through
its Senior Ministry and Caregiver Support.
Los Angeles Hompa
Hongwanji Buddhist Temple has been providing weekly religious and spiritual
services for Japanese American and Japanese families since 1905. The temple
also serves as a gathering place, offering regular activities and social
Los Angeles Men’s
Glee Club has been supporting Japanese American and Japanese older adults
in the community through special choral performances and concerts for the past 20
years as the only Japanese men’s chorus in Southern California.
Mission Valley Free
Methodist Church focuses on connecting people and providing care to those
in need with the purpose of becoming a loving community. Nearly 30% of its
members are 65 and older.
Newport Beach Higashi
Honganji Buddhist Temple has a vision to provide knowledge and resource for
Japanese-speaking seniors in the Orange County area.
Federation of Southern California is a federation of six choir groups from
across Southern California with 120 members. This group hosts a joint concert
that promotes mutual collaboration among Nikkei Choral groups.
of America provides programs to promote Okinawan culture and enhance the
welfare of its members. Nearly 75% of OAA’s members are older adults.
Buddhist Church serves families of all ages seeking spiritual awakening
through Shin Buddhism and offers a variety of regular programs to its hundreds
of older adult members.
Friendship Choir is a Japanese-speaking choir group founded in 2009
comprised primarily of members over the age of 65.
Japanese American Association promotes social services and Japanese
cultural activities in Orange County. With over 1,500 people served annually,
OCJAA strives to meet the needs of Japanese older adults through classes, seminars,
and other engagement opportunities.
Seniors was established to enhance the quality of life of and provide a
comfortable social environment for older Japanese American and Japanese
members. As a completely volunteer-led organization, PNS sponsors events
throughout the year including monthly lunches, flu shot clinics, bus trips, and
San Fernando Valley
Hongwanji Buddhist Temple serves nearly 200 individuals, including many
older adults in the San Fernando Valley area.
Citizens’ Club was founded in 1971 to address the needs of Japanese older
adults. Currently serving over 200 members, many of whom are over age 80, SSCC
provides classes, lunches, karaoke, and arts courses in the Crenshaw area.
Union Church of Los
Angeles is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church located in Little
Tokyo and has been serving the Los Angeles area for over 100 years.
Community Center was founded almost 100 years ago and continues its mission
to preserve, share, and promote Japanese American and Japanese culture. The
center provides many activities for multiple generations and has a large
population of older adult members.
Media is a community-based non-profit media arts organization that provides
services for the older adult community in Little Tokyo through its digital
West Covina Christian
Church’s Harvesters Senior Ministry program was established in 2015 after
church members recognized the growing needs of its older members. The
Harvesters provide much-needed support and social engagement to its members.
Zenshuji Soto Mission
has served the Japanese American and Japanese community through spiritual
support and regular programs since 1922. Zenshuji continues to develop new
activities for its older members.
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