Continuum of Care Program (COC)

COVID-19 Update: SEAMAAC's offices are closed to the public. All of our community meetings and workshops have been canceled or postponed indefinitely. Our other program activities are still available through phone.

If you have been laid off because of COVID-19, we can help you file for unemployment, update your resume, apply for jobs, and prepare for an interview.

We still offer citizenship application assistance. We can help you with your citizenship application and connect you to a free attorney if you need one. After you've become a citizen, we can help you to register to vote and give your information about your voting rights.

We are offering Beginner English, English for Citizenship, Citizenship/Computer Lab and computer lessons over the phone, tablet, or computer.

The SEAMAAC Outreach Office located at 2110 South 8th Street opened in the spring of 2015. The Community Outreach Office serves primarily the Burmese, Chin, Karen, and Nepali communities, but is open to all South Philadelphia residents. SEAMAAC”S Continuum of Care Program (COC) conducts case management services, community meetings, leadership trainings, and various workshops and information sessions at the Outreach Office.

ESL (English as a Second Language) and Computer Literacy classes are also offered at the outreach office to interested clients and community members. We hold an Open Computer Time once a week in addition to classes. Periodically, the office will hold donation and clothing drives to the community.

  • Community Meetings are held on a variety of topics including: where to access free tax services, citizenship, unemployment benefits, mental health topics such as, trauma, and Know Your Rights information sessions
  • Job Readiness Workshops that help clients and community members learn how to apply to specific job opportunities, prepare for an interview, and resume writing.
  • Local Employer Workshops like the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Aerotek, and Lowe’s have held sessions on how to apply to their business and what they look for in prospective employees.
  • Donation and Clothing Drives
  • Community Outreach Events
  • Naturalization Application assistance
Contact: Lois Seffu, Continuum of Care Coordinator at lseffu@ or 215-467-0690 x. 131

Health Services

COVID-19 Update: SEAMAAC's offices are closed to the public. Through telephone, we still offer help with access to medical care, public benefits programs, and community resources that could work for your family. We can also assist you with health insurance and public benefits, applications and appeals. We give out free food on Mondays & Thursdays, 10am-12pm at our main office at 1711 S. Broad Street.

SEAMAAC engages immigrant and refugee community members around health care access and health insurance enrollment in Philadelphia. In addition to the specific services we provide to clients, SEAMAAC works with health partners in advocacy to improve language access and cultural sensitivity in health settings, particularly in medical systems. We provide the following services:

  • Workshops on Health Insurance Enrollment
  • Our Outreach Workers provide support to apply for, understand and navigate health insurance, both public (Medicare and Medicaid) and private (Marketplace) systems. Our trained Navigators assist clients with ACA healthcare enrollment throughout the year, with added service and workshops during Open Enrollment.
  • SEAMAAC understands the importance of preventative screening, especially among low-income Asian immigrant and refugee women. Our Outreach Workers help clients set up and receive mammography and gynecological exams every year.
  • Advocacy to improve language access and cultural sensitivity in medical settings
  • Through our work with the Friends of Mifflin Square Park group, we’re supporting efforts to promote physical activity among youths of the Mifflin Square Park communities.

Safe Families: Domestic Violence Services

COVID-19 Update: For current clients or for those seeking help, this program is still active and available for you. Through telephone, we still offer safety planning, financial counseling, legal aid, case management, housing referrals and support. Program Staff speak English, Nepali, Indonesian, Chin, Burmese, Vietnamese, and Mandarin. Phone interpretation is available for all other languages.

SEAMAAC raises awareness and engages Asian immigrant and refugee community members around intimate partner and family violence. We work to increase safety, healing and healthy family dynamics. Our services address needs on the individual, interpersonal, community and policy level.

  • Our staff provide individual case management, resource navigation and safety planning for clients.
  • We provide outreach and workshops on healthy and unhealthy relationship dynamics to educate and increase awareness in communities we work with.
  • SEAMAAC is also a member of the Shared Safety, an initiative from the mayor’s office to address domestic violence by bringing in government agencies and community-based agencies to the table. Our voice and presence in Shared Safety is in advocacy of needs and connecting resources specific to the immigrant and refugee communities
Contact: Donna Backues, Community and Family Wellness Coordinator at dbackues@ or 215-467-0690 x. 161

Roots of Happiness: Elders Health & Wellness Services

COVID-19 Update: We halted our weekly Elders gatherings at BOK (9th and Mifflin Street). We have now pivoted to continue communicating directly to isolated Elders through check-in calls and deliver food door to door to around 150 Elders.

Roots of Happiness: Elders Health & Wellness Services: SEAMAAC creates a positive experience of aging for Asian immigrant and refugee elders by improving their mental health and emotional well-being. Services include:

  • Our Outreach Workers provide individual case management in connecting elders to public and private resources.
  • We hold weekly Elders’ Gathering at Bok building, an opportunity for Asian elders across multiple cultures in the community to socialize and interact with one another.
  • Empowerment is an important piece within the work we do with our elders. Any decisions made include feedback and consideration from the Elders’ Council.
  • We also provide activities for our elders, such as arts and crafts, Healthy Living Workshops and field-trips.
Contact: Donna Backues, Community and Family Wellness Coordinator at dbackues@ or 215-467-0690 x. 161

ESL & Digital Literacy

COVID-19 Update: All program activities are over the phone, tablet, or laptop. Interested students can still take our Beginner English, English for Citizenship, Citizenship/Computer Lab and computer lessons! SEAMAAC's Families Learning Together program is free and fun for the whole family. If your family has a child/grandchild ages 5-8 and an adult who wants to participate in our ESL classes, you’re invited to join us!

View class schedule here


SEAMAAC supports immigrant and refugee adult learners and their families to achieve their educational goals. Programs include:

  • English as a Second Language classes
  • Citizenship Test Preparation classes
  • Digital Literacy classes
  • Computer Lab
  • Family Literacy activities
ESL (English as a Second Language) and Computer Literacy classes are offered at the outreach office to interested clients and community members. We hold an Open Computer Time once a week in addition to classes.

Contact: Jeanine Campbell, ESL Instructor at 215-467-0690 x. 182

Civic Engagement

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COVID-19 Update: SEAMAAC has not stopped promoting the 2020 Census, but has had to shift to phone banking rather than door to door efforts to encourage community members to participate. We also now focus on remote efforts in Voter Registration and engagement for the upcoming Primary. We are going to push many more to vote by mail and are working to provide translations in multiple languages to assist voters in making informed decisions.

In collaboration with Asian Americans United, VietLead, KACP and WooRi Center, we also do phone banks to reach out to AAPI households across Pennsylvania to make sure that they have proper information about #COVID19, the resources that they needed (food, housing, access to healthcare) and if they have experienced any discrimination or hate crimes.

Low-income Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in Southeastern Pennsylvania have a history of low voter-turn out and civic engagement. SEAMAAC is changing that narrative through its nonpartisan Civic Engagement Program. In this program, SEAMAAC, a convener organization, conducts voter registrations, voter education, voter protection and Get Out The Vote activities with community partners throughout five Pennsylvania counties: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Allegheny, Bucks and Delaware. We envision a Pennsylvania with AAPI voters registered, voting and participating in the electoral process and building power and leadership in Pennsylvania. The Civic Engagement Program also conducts community education to encourage AAPI participation in the 2020 census.

Contact: Iris Bercovitz, Civic Engagement Coordinator at ibercovitz@ or 215-467-0690 x. 126


The Pennsylvania Primaries are on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020.We strongly encourage folks to vote by mail to protect their health and right to vote. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is Tuesday, May 26th at 5pm ET. Any Pennsylvania voter is qualified and the process only takes minutes online! You can apply here. All mailed ballots MUST be received before 8pm ET on June 2nd, so we advise mailing your ballot as soon as possible. See the Primary voter guides below for more translated information:

Primary Voter Guide




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