Congratulations to all the recipients of Keiro’s 2017 Grants Program! We look forward to working with you in partnership for the coming year!
(Recipients in alphabetical order)
AIA Abide In Awareness: Offers qi gong workshops for older adults and caregivers in the community to promote and explore alternative and self-healing exercises since 2015
Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles: Provides innovative and culturally sensitive services to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease through its helpline, educational programs, events, and memory programs since 1980
Asian Traditional Dance & Music Foundation (Wakahisakai): A Japanese dance group that represents the Japanese classical dance of Seiha Wakayagi-Ryu of Japan.
Continuing Education 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: For the past 35 years, ESGVJCC has been holding its weekly Senior Wellness Program, which provides social activities, exercise programs, a nutritious lunch, and educational programs to its older adult members.
ESGVJCC Leisure Club: Meets weekly on Wednesdays at East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center (ESGVJCC), serving 50 older adults.
First Presbyterian Church, Altadena: Established over 100 years ago, the church serves a congregation of primarily Japanese American older adults.
Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute: For over 50 years, GVJCI has served the Japanese American and Japanese community in the South Bay through educational, social, and cultural programs for all ages. They offer a variety of programs throughout the week serving around 900 older adults annually.
GIVE Urban Farms: Provides training and education about urban farming to promote healthy eating in partnership with Union Church of Los Angeles. They provide innovative educational and social programs around urban gardening for Union Church’s Parkinson’s Support Group, which serves Japanese American and Japanese older adults with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.
Go For Broke National Education Center: Shares and passes down the legacy and the stories of Japanese American World War II veterans.
Grateful Crane Ensemble: 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 Japanese and English.
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center: Founded in 1971, JACCC is one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers in the U.S. offering programs promoting Japanese American and Japanese culture.
Japanese American National Museum: Promotes understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience with the wider community. Serves over 6,000 older adults annually as visitors.
Japanese American Optimist Club: Supports the Japanese American community’s youth through a variety of programs and services since 1954. For the past 10 years, JAO has partnered with Keiro’s former facilities to provide opportunities to volunteer and engage with the residents.
Japanese Christian Church Federation of Southern California: Unites the various churches and ministries that provide Japanese-language programs in Southern California. For the past 45 years, JCCFSC has conducted monthly worship services in Japanese for the residents of the facilities formerly owned by Keiro.
Little Tokyo Nutrition Services: For the past 40 years, LTNS has provided daily hot Japanese lunches and escort and referral services to older adults living in Little Tokyo and the surrounding areas.
Little Tokyo Service Center: Has been servicing the greater downtown and LA community for over 37 years. Recognizing a need for bilingual social services in the South Bay, LTSC established a satellite office to provide those services as well as caregiver support and opportunities for socialization.
Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center/Long Beach Pioneer Project: For over 60 years, LBJCC and LBPP has focused on improving the quality of life for older adults in the local Japanese American and Japanese community.
Los Angeles Holiness Church English division: 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- Buddhist Women’s Association: LAHHBT 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 support.
Los Angeles Men’s Glee Club: Been supporting Japanese American and Japanese older adults in the community through special choral performances and concerts for the past 19 years as the only Japanese men’s chorus in Southern California.
Martial Arts History Museum, Inc.: MAHM has been partnering with Nikkei Senior Gardens (NSG) for the past three years to provide biweekly tai chi classes.
Mission Valley Free Methodist Church: Focuses on connecting people and providing care to those in need with the purpose of becoming a loving community, inviting, and challenging people to move towards Christ. Nearly 30% of its congregation over the age of 65.
Newport Beach Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple: A Buddhist temple with a vision to provide knowledge and resources for Japanese-speaking seniors in the Orange County area.
Nikkei Senior Gardens: An assisted living facility located in San Fernando Valley serving Japanese American and Japanese older adults. Since 2009, NSG has provided high quality care offering assisted living and memory support to its residents.
Okinawa Association of America: Provides programs to promote Okinawan culture and enhance the welfare of its members. Nearly 75% of OAA’s members are older adults.
OPICA Adult Day Care Center Inc.: A well-established organization that provides support for older adults with memory disorders and their families, including a weekly program specifically for Japanese American and Japanese older adults in West Los Angeles.
Orange County 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.
Orange County Friendship Choir: A Japanese-speaking choir group comprised primarily of members over the age of 65, established in 2009.
Orange County Japanese American Association: Promotes social services and Japanese cultural activities in Orange County. Serving over 1,500 people annually, OCJAA strives to meet the needs of Japanese older adults, particularly those who may face language barriers and are unaware of available assistance. Many of the classes currently being offered are taught by volunteer older adults.
Pacific Theatre Production Corp.: Has been performing music, dance, and plays for residents of healthcare facilities for the past 12 years.
Pasadena Nikkei Seniors: 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 educational courses.
Sakura Chorus: Been providing concerts for the residents of the former Keiro facilities in addition to performing in the Los Angeles South Bay area for 35 years. Sakura Chorus consists of nearly 30 older female members.
San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple: Serves nearly 200 individuals, including many older adults.
San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center: Has served the Japanese American and Japanese community of all ages for over 50 years. Its senior programs alone reach over 300 older adults annually.
Seinan Senior Citizens’ Club: 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.
South Bay Singers: Offshoot of the Orange County Friendship Choir, and partners with the South Bay Junior Singers to perform intergenerational concerts.
Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple: Established over 50 years ago to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. VHBT provides a number of programs to meet the needs of its members.
West Covina Christian Church: The Harvesters Senior Ministry program at WCCC was established in 2015 after church members recognized the growing needs of its older congregation. Through a variety of programs, the Harvesters offer much-needed support and social engagement.
Zenshuji Soto Mission: Founded in 1922, the temple has served the Japanese American and Japanese community through spiritual support and regular programs. With an aging membership, Zenshuji continues to develop new activities for its older members.
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