Asian Health & Service Center was first started from a social concern committee of the Chinese Presbyterian Church in 1981. The mission was to witness Christ’s love by serving others. The members were Rev Paul Cheng, Dr. Erik Szeto, Dr. Patrick Chan, Mr. Luke Lee, Mr. Albert Wong, Mr. Bruce Wong and Mr. Warren Chung.
Dr. Szeto, with the help of his mentor, former Congresswoman Edith Green, wrote the proposals to secure funding and established the Center. The initial funding were from Oregon Community Foundation and the Women’s Opportunity Giving Fund of the Presbytery. Congresswoman Edith Green and Senator Ron Wyden were the keynote speakers at our opening ceremony in 1983.
We had a humble beginning in the basement of the Chinese Presbyterian Church, only 600 square feet and 1 1/2 employee!