Sacramento Cultural & Linguistic Center

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$50,000 Goal

Welcome to the Sacramento Cultural and Linguistic Center, formerly known as the Southeast Asian Assistance Center. Established in the 1970s and formally incorporated in 1990, our organization has undergone a transformative evolution. Originally focused on serving the Southeast Asian community, we have grown into a dynamic, multi-ethnic service agency committed to inclusivity and cultural responsiveness.

Presently, we collaborate with Sacramento County's Department of Behavioral Health to provide linguistic services for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention Program. Our comprehensive services extend beyond linguistic support to encompass advocacy, cultural brokerage, linking the community to vital resources in their languages, and offering translation and interpretation services.

As the Sacramento area became home to refugees and immigrants from diverse corners of the world, our mission expanded to meet the evolving needs of our community. Today, the Sacramento Cultural and Linguistic Center stands as a beacon of support, providing essential services to limited English proficient individuals across a spectrum of communities. Our linguistic capabilities encompass a wide array of languages, including Arabic, Hmong, Mien, Lao, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Russian, Ukrainian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Punjabi, Farsi, Dari, and Pashto.

Rooted in cultural understanding, our comprehensive services are funded in part through a Sacramento County grant dedicated to providing linguistic and cultural brokerage services for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment. Additionally, we offer crisis intervention resources, legal immigration consultation, educational programs, cultural events, and professional interpretation by our esteemed Cultural & Linguistic Specialists. Various other essential programs are also provided through our agency. Throughout our journey, we have remained dedicated to empowering refugees, immigrants, and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) communities to become active contributors to society, fostering a community that embraces diversity and uplifts individuals from all walks of life.


At the Sacramento Cultural and Linguistic Center (SCLC), we empower immigrants, refugees, and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) communities by dismantling linguistic and cultural barriers.

Our goal is to empower individuals to become thriving and contributing members of society. We achieve this by providing essential support and linking them to valuable resources, creating a more inclusive and vibrant community.


Outreach Coordinator Position:

Our Outreach Coordinator position, currently part-time, is crucial for expanding our reach and impact. Unfortunately, funding constraints limit our ability to make this a full-time role. Your contribution will enable us to enhance our outreach efforts, ensuring we can connect with and serve more individuals effectively.

Legal Immigration Services by Dedicated Volunteer:

Mr. Larry Kohn, a dedicated staff member, has selflessly volunteered for over 20 years, assisting 2400 clients with immigration consultations in his spare time. Despite his remarkable contributions, we have been unable to provide him compensation. The agency requires support for this position to honor Mr. Kohn's commitment, enabling us to sustain and expand the provision of vital legal immigration services to the community.

Bridging Cultural Gaps with Critical Cultural and Linguistic Services:

Cultural and linguistic services are vital for fostering understanding and inclusivity, standing as much-needed and demanded resources to bridge cultural gaps. Currently, we face funding constraints that limit our ability to expand these essential services, both beyond and aside from the county grant. The valuable contribution will support the creation of a new wing, supplementing county funding, and ensuring that cultural and linguistic support is readily accessible to everyone in need. Much needed support is instrumental in meeting the high demand for these services and making a lasting impact on our community's cultural harmony and linguistic inclusiveness.

Education Programs for Immigrants and Refugees:

Funding for education programs is crucial to empower immigrants and refugees with the knowledge and skills necessary for thriving in their new environment. We are seeking critical funding to support initiatives empowering immigrants and refugees through ESL, Cultural Competency, Employment Resources, and Computer Lab programs.

Any contribution to these urgent needs will ensure that our programs continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and families within our community. Thank you for being a beacon of hope and empowerment.


The Sacramento Cultural and Linguistic Center Team

Equity Statement

At the Sacramento Cultural and Linguistic Center (SCLC), we are steadfast in our commitment to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion within our community. Our mission is rooted in the belief that every individual, regardless of their background, deserves equal access to opportunities, resources, and support.

Our Principles of Equity:

1. Inclusive Services:

We strive to provide inclusive services that are accessible to all members of our diverse community, irrespective of linguistic, cultural, or financial barriers.

2. Cultural Sensitivity:

Our programs and initiatives are designed with cultural sensitivity in mind. We aim to understand and respect the unique needs and perspectives of every individual we serve.

3. Elimination of Disparities:

We actively work towards eliminating disparities that may exist within our community, advocating for fairness and justice in all aspects of our work.

4. Collaborative Engagement:

Collaboration is at the core of our approach. We engage with community members, partners, and stakeholders to ensure that our services address the specific needs and aspirations of each group.

5. Continuous Learning:

We are committed to continuous learning and adaptation. By staying informed about evolving equity issues, we strive to enhance our programs and practices to better serve our community.

Our Pledge:

Empowerment: We pledge to empower immigrants, refugees, and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) communities to become active and thriving members of our society through our dedicated programs and support services.

Transparency: We pledge to maintain transparency in our operations, ensuring that our community is informed about our initiatives, goals, and the impact of their support.

Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable to the principles of equity and actively seek feedback from our community to improve our services continually.

Accessibility: We are dedicated to making our services and resources accessible to everyone, irrespective of linguistic or other barriers, recognizing that diversity is our strength.

At SCLC, we believe that promoting equity is not only a responsibility but also an essential element in creating a thriving, harmonious community. We invite you to join us on this journey towards a more equitable and inclusive future.

Thank you for being a part of our commitment to equity.

Organization Data


Organization name

Sacramento Cultural & Linguistic Center

other names


Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Human Services

Operating Budget

$500,001-$1 million

Organization Need

Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, Technology, Funding: Other, Volunteers, Board Members

Demographics Served

Low-income individuals/families, General population, Immigrants & refugees

BIPOC Leadership

Both the Executive Director & Board Chair

Local Counties Served



1610 Arden Way Suite 273
Sacramento, CA 95815

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US





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