January 2015 Newsletter

January 2015
CPACS Cosmo Health Center has collaborated with local community organizations to provide free health screenings and family planning information to educate the public and bring awareness. On February 19, CPACS Cosmo will be attending a health fair hosted by Cross Keys High School from 9-12pm. Many other community organizations will be in attendance. The following are upcoming events:
City of Clarkston Health Fair on February 28 from 10-12pm
CPACS and Northside Hospital Health Fair March 21 from 9-3pm
Fulton County Health Fair April 25 from 12-4pm

WANT YOUR TAXES DONE FOR FREE?

Learn to Prepare Taxes and Make a Difference at the same time. How can you make a difference? Simple. Help your community in preparing taxes free of charge by becoming a volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is a service designed for low-to-moderate income individuals to promote and support free tax preparation service. Free tax preparation supports VITA’s goal to build financial stability for everyone in our community by:

  • Saving moderate and lower-income families the cost of paying for tax preparation

  • Making sure that working families get the tax credits they deserve, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

  • Preventing families from taking out a loan against their own money, which is what they must do to get an “instant refund” through a commercial preparer

  • CPACS will be the site for the 2015 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) on Saturdays beginning Feb. 7th from 9am – 2pm until April 11th. No site available on March 21. There will be about 2 shifts available every Saturday. You do not have to attend every Saturday. Email wsinthar@gmail.com for more info about VITA, or call cpacs to make an appointment today.

CPACS HOSTS THE 2ND ANNUAL ACA ENROLLMENT WEEK OF ACTION

The last day of 2015 healthcare.gov open enrollment is February 15

On Wednesday, January 28th, CPACS hosted an enrollment summit from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. CPACS Certified Application Counselors provided enrollment assistance and website navigation in a wide variety of different languages, including Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian, Burmese, and Nepali. Distinguished speakers provided educational and informational sessions at 6:30 PM to discuss information about the law itself and new information about tax reporting with 1095 forms. General enrollment assistance is also available by direct appointment at either the main CPACS at 3510 Shallowford Road NE, Atlanta, GA, 30341 or CPACS Cosmo Health Center at 6185 Buford Highway, Building G, Norcross, GA, 30071. 
The event was in partnership with BPSOS and in collaboration with Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI).
For more information call (770) 936-0969 or email peter.yang@cpacs.org

KEEPING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S DREAMS ALIVE
During the month of January, we commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Day which is celebrated the 3rd Monday of January. We read stories about Dr. King and discussed with the students about all the good works of Dr. King who was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
We created worksheets on Dr. King and had the students color and fill in the information from the lesson. A special highlight of the worksheet was that each student got to fill in a dream cloud as they all especially loved his ‘I Have A dream’ speech.  
The tutors worked alongside students to create a lovely tribute poster to Martin Luther King Jr., which reflected what they learned and what stood out most to them. We asked the students what have they learned about Dr. King and they said he was a non-violent man, he won a Nobel Peace Prize, and they are glad he fought for all people no matter the color of their skin or where they came from. 
The use of stories, pictures, coloring and worksheets to remind students of who Martin Luther King Jr. was, was a very effective project. The children were able to have discussions about being fair and kind to each other and reflect/dream of what or who they would like to be and work toward this personal goal. It was very encouraging to see recognition/ understanding on their faces about the injustice that was there and then to hear them say they want a better world and kind people. 
They especially liked to read each other’s ‘dream clouds.’ They expressed what their dreams were. Some said, they wanted to be soldiers and policemen to protect the citizens of this country, some said they wanted to become doctors, nurses, teachers, astronauts, engineers, college professors, magicians, builders and professional soccer players. Third grader Poe Eh Htoo has a big dream: he expressed “My dream is to live in a world full of peace and love.” This activity serves as a reminder that the investment of CPACS on this after-school program is worthwhile. Students take a lot from their experiences and always have a desire to learn more. This activity gave them an idea to dream higher and higher.
IS METRO ATLANTA READY FOR A HIGH-TECH FUTURE?
How often do you think about the impact of faster, better technology on our future? Have you heard of driverless cars? How could advanced teleworking technology impact the way you live and work?  Or, what if you had an app on your phone that would match your transportation need with the most appropriate, efficient mode available (think bus, Uber, taxi, etc)? If additional transit-connected employment centers emerge in the south, east and west of the region, how would this impact you?
An online regional survey being conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission poses these questions and more to find out how you think new technologies that may impact where and how we travel and live over the next 25 years.  Input from this survey will be used to help ARC develop The Region’s Plan which guides public policies related to issues of transportation, land use, water quality and conservation, workforce development and aging and health resources.
The survey is visual, interactive and brief. It allows for open-ended comments throughout. This survey is available atwww.atlantaregional.com/TheRegionsPlanSurvey and is open from now through the end of March 2015. Please contact Melissa Roberts, Atlanta Regional Commission with any questions:mroberts@atlantaregional.com or 404-463-3272. 
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Community 
Calendar
English Literacy/Civics Class 
Registration open
Levels 0-5 available

Doraville
CPACS Main Office – M/W
Marietta
Immanuel Church -T/Th
Riverdale
Angkor Resource Center -Sat/Sun
Clarkston
International Bible Church -T/Th, Sat/Sun
Norcross
Vietnamese Center 
M/W, T/Th, Sat/Sun
Suwannee
Sugarloaf Church -T/Th
Johns Creek Korean Church -T/F
Duluth
Korean Community Presbyterian Church -M/W, T/Th
CPACS Gwinnett Center – M/W, T/Th 
Duluth Assi Plaza –
M/W, Th/Sat, F/Sat
John’s Creek UMC – M/T/W
DUI School
February 27  – 9am-5pm
February 28 – 9am-5pm
March 1 – 1pm-8pm 
Register by Feb 25
(770) 936-0969 ext. 136
Korean only offered this month

  
SNAP/Food Stamps
Make an appointment

 

K-12 After School Programs 
M-F from 2:45pm-5pm
Enroll (770) 936-0969 ext.125

 

Medicaid and PeachCare 
for Kids Assistance
Make an appointment

 

HIV Testing
M-Th from 10am-5pm
Ask for Service #9

 

First Time Homebuyer Workshop – 8 hrs
English – February 21
Enroll (770) 936-0969 ext.169

 

CPACS Cosmo Health Center (FQHC)
www.cpacscosmo.org
Make an appointment to see a doctor
(770) 446-0929
Make an appointment to see a dentist
(770) 674-7980 
Make an appointment to see a family planning specialist
(678) 694-1379

 

Cancer Support Groups
2nd and 4th Fridays 
Korean – 11am
Enroll (770) 936-0969
ext. 132
Chinese – 3:30pm to 5pm
Enroll (770) 936-0969
ext. 134

 

For more information or to make an appointment, call (770) 936-0969
In the 
Media
www.whitehouse.gov
“Peter Yang’s #GetCovered Story”
http://1.usa.gov/15JlJmI
www.whitehouse.gov/blog
“2014: Year in Review for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders”
http://1.usa.gov/1zrsoj6
Upcoming
Events
CPACS Housing Dept. is now offering Lending Circle. For more info, contact Andy Youn at
770-936-0969 x169.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
CPACS will be the site for the 2015 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) on Saturdays beginning Feb. 7th from 9am – 2pm until April 11th. No site available on March 21. There will be about 2 shifts available every Saturday. You do not have to attend every Saturday. Email wsinthar@gmail.com for more info about VITA, or call cpacs to make an appointment today.
MARTA is hiring!
Cross Keys Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative (CKSNI) is providing mini-grants to anyone who wants to make a difference in the Cross Keys Community.
Apply today:
770-936-0969

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