Bridging cultures, communities and generations.
Creating opportunities for immigrants and their families to succeed by helping them make the transition to a new life while keeping later generations in touch with their rich heritage
How We Got Started
CISC was started in 1972 by a group of energetic college and high school students. They worked as part time volunteers in a tiny donated space in Chinatown to fulfill a community need. The early focus was on helping non-English speaking elderly in the community. Later, CISC broadened its scope and added adult and youth employment programs, ESL and naturalization classes, family and youth services, domestic violence and crime victim services, and a community technology center.
Over the years, CISC has continued to respond to community needs by bringing services for seniors to the Eastside. In 2007, CISC partnered with other community based organizations and began providing immigrant transition services on the Eastside and at its International Family Center-Kent in Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Russian, and the languages of India.
Our agency’s service philosophy is to use an holistic approach with bilingual/bicultural staff to provide developmentally appropriate services to individuals, families, and groups within our community. The focus is first on stabilizing, then strengthening our community members through strength-based skill building. The ultimate goal is for each client to reach their maximum potential as quickly as possible, and become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.