Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) Records

Date Range: 19732010
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2010-10-26
Creator: Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS)

History: A community-based social service agency, the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) was founded in 1973 to serve New York’s Korean population. Focused on addressing the needs of immigrant and low-income individuals and families, KCS provides aging, community, and public health services.

Through the efforts of a board of directors, staff members (30 full-time and 40 part-time), and hundreds of volunteers, it is estimated that KCS currently serves over 1,100 individuals each day. Approximately 75% of the organization’s clients are of Korean heritage. Of the remaining 25%, the large majority is made up of clients of Chinese heritage. KCS mainly provides services and programs at five sites in three boroughs: the two-building main office complex in Flushing (Queens); the Public Health and Research Center (Manhattan); a liaison office (Brooklyn); the Korean American Senior Center of Flushing (Queens); and the Korean American Senior Center of Corona (Queens).

To address the needs of its aging clients, KCS runs two separate senior centers. At the Korean American Senior Center of Corona, services include a hot lunch plan, home delivered ethnic meals for homebound seniors, educational and recreational classes , a general information and referral service, and assistance with using healthcare and social programs. At the KCS Korean American Senior center of Flushing, services include providing multiple meals and an array of educational and recreational services for seniors, case assistance for social and health services, information and referral services, programs to engage homebound elderly (“Friendly Visiting” and “Telephone Assurance”), and a van service for seniors using the center. An Adult Day Care Center provides services, including meals, activities, and classes to seniors who have physical or mental disabilities.

KCS’s community programs include the Asian American Adult Center, which provides job-related training and job-matching services to low-income and older Asian American adults. In addition, KCS runs a range of English language and civics programs through its ESOL/Civics Adult Literacy Program. The Youth Community Action Project offers community-based volunteering opportunities to young Asian Americans. Educational programs aimed at newly immigrated young Asian Americans strive to assist their transition into American society. Other community programs include an assistance program for immigrants who need guidance with policies and procedures in-house and at a Brooklyn-based outpost. The community center also includes an after-school program, a Summer program and Saturday School for elementary & junior high school students.

KCS offers fourteen health-related programs under its Public Health and Research Center (PHRC). These are concentrated under seven key areas of concern: Hepatitis B, Diabetes, Tobacco, Immunization, Social Services, and Advocacy. To address Hepatitis B, PHRC partners with the Center for the Study of Asian American Health of NYU’s School of Medicine in a health communication program funded by the Center for Disease Control. KCS is also involved in testing and treatment and comprehensive survey and focus group research. Addressing diabetes, PHRC works with a number of institutional partners in educational and research projects. With funding from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, PHRC offers culturally and linguistically appropriate educational programs, workshops, and health fairs focused on early detection and prevention of breast cancer. PHRC works to reduce tobacco use through a campaign that reduces retail advertisements that target children and administering nicotine replacement therapy. In response to data suggesting financial, cultural and language barriers are a deterrent for many Korean immigrants seeking immunizations, PHRC has a program coordinating and administering flu vaccines. In order to improve access to social services, PHRC provides information, screening, counseling, and facilitation services with respect to government health insurance plans. Finally, KCS has an advocacy division dedicated to helping disadvantaged immigrants overcome obstacles to medical care through educational programs, organizing, and public discussion.

KCS has relied on a number of funding sources over the years. In 1986, KCS secured its first government contract. The organization has received support from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, and the New York City Department for the Aging.

KCS is preparing to meet some specific and significant challenges, including, especially, the growing needs of a rapidly aging population. Toward the goal of building bridges between first and second generation Korean Americans, a second generation Associate Director was hired to focus on strategies to reach out to second generation Korean Americans. To address its financial needs, KCS has launched an asset development and major capital campaign.

Sources: The Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. 2010. KCS Annual Report. New York.

The Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. 2010. “Programs.” Accessed February 3, 2015. http://www.kcsny.org/.

Summary: Measuring approximately 190 linear feet, the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. records at its main office complex in Flushing, Queens consist of the organization’s programmatic, personnel, fiscal, and resource files from 1973-2010.

Time sheets, meeting minutes, caller in-take forms, physical exam records, waiver forms, training materials, and documentation of funding and support from the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) comprise KCS’s job placement records and are contained in 41.5 linear feet. Files relating to KCS’s English as a Second Language to Other Speakers (ESOL) program measure 41.0 feet and span the date from 1973 to 2010. Records of the organization’s efforts to assist clients with immigration and citizenship issues measure 15.0 linear feet and span the years 2004-2010, while materials relating to Medicaid and Family Heath Plus programs total 10.5 linear feet.

KCS’s fiscal records, spanning the dates 2002-2010, consist of 46.5 linear feet and contain annual fiscal reports, tax returns, credit card statements, workers’ compensation and health insurance documentation, cash disbursement and payroll records, timesheets, contracts, and bank statements. These records are kept for 7 years and then discarded. Personnel records measure approximately 27.0 linear feet.

Other resources such as non-fiction books – including reference materials on non-profit organizations and the history of Queens – and VHS tapes in Korean and English total 8.0 linear feet. Also included in this measurement are several awards that KCS has received for their efforts including one from the Korean American Youth Foundation.

Flyers and brochures in English and Korean outline KCS’s services and other resources available for their clients and measure 0.5 linear feet.

Total Size: 190 linear ft.
APA-related Size: 190 linear ft.
Languages of materials: English and Korean
Arrangement: other
Bibliographic Control: inventory
Conditions Governing Access: Inaccessible to the public.

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