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Asian Women's Shelter brings new hope to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.  We provide comprehensive services, including a 24-hour crisis line, shelter program, case management and access to health and legal services. At AWS, survivors and their children begin to heal and rebuild their lives.

Please join us! We need a wide network of resources and a community of activists and supporters. Together we can work to end violence and oppression in all of our communities. Read on in our Community Building section about how we can all help to build a world free from violence.

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  • AWS Dance Benefit on Saturday, November 15 at 7pm!


    Asian Women's Shelter - 7th Annual Dance Benefit

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014, 7:00PM - 11:30PM

    The Event Center at St. Mary's Cathedral

    1111 Gough St. & Geary Blvd., San Francisco




    Asian Women's Shelter (AWS) brings new hope to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.  AWS provide comprehensive services, including a 24-hour crisis line, shelter program, case management and access to health and legal services.  At AWS, survivors and their children begin to heal and rebuild their lives.

    Join us at our exciting dance benefit to support the Asian Women's Shelter.  Three popular community bands will be showcased at the AWS 7th Annual Dance Benefit.  This ultimate dance party will feature the talented bands FIVE POINT 0, KICKBACK, and DRAGON.  Line Dancing lessons will be provided by Mr. Alan Kitashima.

    Choose your option to purchase tickets, $35 per person.  (Tickets are $40 at the door.)


    1. ONLINE - Click on this PAYPAL link to pay with a credit card (PayPal account not necessary).

    2. IN PERSON - Paper Tree, 1743 Buchanan Mall in SF Japantown, 415-921-7100 (cash or check).  Leave your Email for confirmation.

    3. BY MAIL - Mail checks (payable to "AWS Dance") to AWS Dance, 2144 Beach St., San Francisco, CA 94123.  Include your Email for confirmation.


    ** Be our Friend on Facebook at "AWS DANCE" to get updates on this event. **


    Thank you for your support!


    June Woo Wong, Event Manager, AWSdance@yahoo.com

    Asian Women's Shelter, www.SFAWS.org


  • AWS Family: Beckie Masaki

    We are delighted to pass along the wonderful news that Beckie continues to improve, has moved to a Kaiser facility in San Leandro, and is starting rehabilitation with a much stronger foundation than any of us could have imagined.  She is still not receiving visitors, but please join us in sending love and strength to Beckie and her family.  Thanks from the AWS family.



  • AWS 26th Annual Gala Update

    Thank you for making AWS's 26th Annual Gala a big success!


    Thank you to all who were able to join us for our 26th Anniversary Gala, Rebuilding Dreams, as well as to those of you who supported from afar. We were delighted that so many of our founding members, long-term supporters, community partners, friends and family, and newcomers found the time to join us-and share in the celebration of AWS and its mission at our one annual public event.

    You braved the Giants' game snarls, the closure on 280, and holiday jams on the Bay Bridge to make it to the Mission Bay Conference Center. You participated generously in the silent auction and raffle. And you made it possible for us to meet our goal of reaching $7,000 from the floor for our matching grant!


    In return we shared a lovely evening, including appearances by members of AWS's extended family such as Dipti Ghosh as emcee, Shawna Sodersten as guest entertainment, and our courageous speaker, another member of the AWS family, who shared her story of triumph.

    We hope that all of you, in addition to those who were unable to attend this year, will join us next year!


    This year we honored several individuals who made a huge impact on the ability of survivors at AWS to rebuild dreams.  Their generosity and ingenuity contributed so much to our shelter and its programs, including support for:

    • Staff development;
    • A new roof;
    • A beautifully designed and equipped new Children's room and Teen Room;
    • A refurbished kitchen;
    • New beds; and
    • A redesigned garden, where the smell of jasmine invites adults to relax and children to play in the midst of new growth.


    Bright Spaces Foundation

    Through the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, Bright Horizons-a national provider of child care and early child education centers-supports non-profit organizations through the creation and renovation of Bright Spaces-places for children in various types of temporary living situations to play and grow.  Bright Spaces Directors Elizabeth Chrisman, Lalaine Monteclaro, Stac'i Collins, and Janet Lambert provided the expertise and the labor for the AWS Bright Space.

    The memory of Marie Mendenhall Cleasby and Gilbert W. Cleasby, M.D., whose bequest grants are managed by the San Francisco Foundation

    The Cleasbys were long term residents of San Francisco with a wide variety of interests, including their love of gardening and their legacy of improving the lives of women and children.  Through a donor advised grant, their generosity enabled us to make household renovations and transform our garden into a thing of beauty.

    Loretta Huahn

    Loretta Huahn, a longtime community advocate and one of the founders of several community agencies in the East Bay, has devoted most of her career to improving mental health services for Asian Americans.  Now retired, she is a volunteer psychological consultant for an adult day healthcare program.  Working with Audrey Yamamoto, President and CEO of the Asian Pacific Fund, Loretta Huahn is a strong supporter of numerous community organizations, including Asian Women's Shelter. Staff and clients both benefitted enormously from her generous support this year.

    Cora Tellez

    Cora Tellez, after a long career with Healthnet, Blue Shield, Kaiser, and other organizations, founded Sterling Health Services Administration and serves as the current CEO.  Upon her retirement from the Board of Directors of the S.H. Cowell Foundation, she generously chose AWS to receive a donor-advised grant.  She was wonderfully represented at the AWS Gala by her son, Alex Tellez, and her daughter-in-law, Denise Law.

    June Woo Wong

    June Woo Wong is one of the most active members of the AWS family. Among her many accomplishments, June is a tireless supporter of AWS-as a former board member, donor, and organizer of vibrant annual dances benefiting AWS.  We are so grateful to her for all of her efforts.  This year she surpassed even her own successes by generating matching fund opportunities to benefit AWS.



    The raffle kept us on the edge of our seats! Here are the winners, with some additional surprises about their winnings:

    Grand Prize of a Tesla Weekend:  Leslie Fielding

    $1,000 Gift Certificate from Saks Fifth Avenue:  The winner wishes to remain anonymous, but here is a surprise view into what happened after they were informed of their good luck:  They decided to donate their certificate directly to survivors who have found safety at AWS. We thank them for buying tickets to support AWS's work and for their generosity in passing their good luck to others.

    Meet and Greet with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee: Beatrice Griffiths. Beatrice also decided to give the opportunity of taking 7 friends to meet Mayor Lee for a personal tour of San Francisco's City Hall to others.  Look out for updates on the organizing of this event in the near future!

    iPad Mini:  Christine Noma

    Gift Certificate for Brunch at the Cliff House: Dipti Ghosh

    Tickets to the San Francisco Playhouse:  Mary Anderson & Jean Crosby

    Magnum of Wine: Cherry Crosby

    Gift Certificate from Chotto Restaurant:  Annie Wang

    Bare Minerals Indulge Yourself Kit-Natalie Sacramento

    Local Boutique Chocolates: Goranka Poljak-Hoy and Rose Katz

    Thank you to all who bought raffle tickets to support AWS!

    As the event closed…

    …we were reminded that we never know when we touch survivors and open doors to healing.  As we gathered our supplies from the dining room, a woman approached us to say, "You had a really lovely event.  I wasn't a guest, but I heard your speaker, and I got very emotional.  I was in that situation before."

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  • Meals That Heal Cookbook, Now Available!

    Meals That Heal Cook Book

    We are excited to let you know that our one-of-a-kind cookbook, "Meals That Heal" is now available. As you might know, this is a collection of carefully selected recipes of Asian Women's Shelter staff, residents and volunteers who tirelessly labored to come up with these international cuisines that are guaranteed to make you ask for more....

    All proceeds support the programs of Asian Women's Shelter. Asian Women's Shelter is a non-profit organization operating in San Francisco, California since 1988.

    To place your orders, please click here.

    Thank you for your support!

  • Support our Adopt a Room Program!


    How to get started:

    1. Build a team among your friends, family, colleagues and invite everyone to contribute.

    2. Choose a room.

    3. Set a goal!

    4. Make a donation here. For more information about how you, your family, business or community group can participate, please contact Namita (namita@sfaws.org).

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  • Find out how you can make a difference by donating your gently used household items

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