The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Donates $300,000 to Support Monterey Park Lunar New Year Shooting Victims | smbmi

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Donates $300,000 to Support Monterey Park Lunar New Year Shooting Victims

March 04, 2023 • 5 min read

The Tribe will provide grants to three organizations to support long-term recovery  

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (March 1, 2023) - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (SMBMI) is providing a $300,000 grant to three organizations in support of victims of the Monterey Park Lunar New Year shooting. The Asian American Educational and Cultural Resources Center San Bernardino, Chinatown Service Center (CSC) and Pacific Asian Counseling Services (PACS) will each receive $100,000 to support long-term trauma resulting from the devastating shooting. 

“A senseless tragedy such as this affects us all, but especially those in the Asian community,” says Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “We selected these three organizations who we felt could best support the emotional healing required after such a horrific incident.”

The Asian American Educational and Cultural Resources Center is the only nonprofit agency in San Bernardino and Riverside counties focusing on providing services and programs for Asian-Americans in the Inland Empire. CSC is an organization with established healthcare services that provides mental and behavioral health assistance to AAPI communities in the L.A. region. PACS provides culturally sensitive and language-specific social service needs to the AAPI community. The organization delivers resources with case management, counseling, mental health services and basic needs. 

All three organizations are 501(c)(3)s and funding will go directly to providing program services to those impacted. 
“We have worked on a strategy for long-term support and connected with organizations we feel will provide mental and behavioral health support by victims and their families. The long-term process of recovery is the most important,” says Valbuena.

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California.  San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic, and cultural development.  As the Indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region. 

About Asian American Educational and Cultural Resources Center 
The Asian American Educational and Cultural Resources Center, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1997, due to the lack of programs and services available to the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. Currently, we are the only non-profit, community-based organization that provides direct programs and services to the API communities in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Our mission is to improve overall health, and educational well-being by providing informational and developmental programs and services to the APIs who are low-income, isolated, vulnerable, and underserved throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. We have a unique variety or programs and services to handle various unmet needs. The center is committed to ensuring that our clients have the best chance for achieving their goals and becoming self-sufficient. Our staff is multilingual with different cultural backgrounds, each possessing different language skills that help address the linguistic and cultural needs of our communities.  

The Asian and Pacific Islander is one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the Inland Empire and California. For the past 25 years, Asian American Educational and Cultural Resources Center has succeeded in assisting many thousands of APIs and others to adjust socially and economically in the Inland Empire. For more information about these free programs and services, please contact our office at 909-383-0164 or visit 

About Chinatown Service Center 
Established in 1971, Chinatown Service Center (CSC) is one of the largest community-based Federally Qualified Health Centers and human service organizations serving the API population. Our mission is to provide outstanding services and advocacy that promote a better quality of life and equal opportunity for immigrants and other communities.

CSC provides a comprehensive range of services, including Medical, Behavioral Health, Optometry, Social Services, Youth Center, and Community Economic Development, in over 141,000 visits annually, four major areas and 7 locations.
CSC provides Monterey Park victims free bilingual mental health counseling and case management. CSC has drop-in hours at the Bruggemeyer Library on 318 S Ramona Ave. in Monterey Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm to 6pm. Or please call 213-808-1720 if you are interested in counseling or case management services.

About Pacific Asian Counseling Services 
Pacific Asian Counseling Services is one of the few community mental health agencies in the country focused on providing mental health services and complementary social services to Asian Pacific Islanders. PACS provides counseling, case management, home visitation, and related supportive services to low-income residents of Los Angeles County.

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