Who We Are
The Mekong Community Center is a non-profit organization that was established in 1989 with the sole goal of empowering and supporting America's largest Vietnamese community. We are proudly America's first Vietnamese community center that is commited to providing out-patient behavioral health services to help our clients and their families adjust to everyday life and reach their true potential.
The Mekong Community Center is located in San Jose, California, the city which boasts the largest Vietnamese population in the United States. San Jose has more Vietnamese residents than any other California city, over 180,000, making up nearly 11% of San Jose's overall population. We provide linguistically and culturally sensitive behavioral health services to enable behaviorally disabled South East Asians, particularly Vietnamese, to recover from behavioral illness and to provide the support and resources they need to thrive.
Our services include counseling, case management, and medication support. Our staff are bilingual and bicultural Vietnamese who understand the cultural stigmas surrounding mental health issues and are sensitive to the challenges our clients may face. Our team of trained professionals include social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and professional interpreters.
In 1989, a group of concerned Vietnamese professionals established Mekong Community Center to provide transitional housing and case management services to the ever growing Vietnamese American population who were experiencing hardships of homelessness, mental illnesses, and dual diagnoses of mental illness along with substance abuse. The original location was established in downtown San Jose and provided day-time activities and temporary housing for six clients. Since then we have grown to provide a full array of out-patient mental health services and have even formed a half Adult Treatment Team Service to better meet the needs of our clients and community.
Mekong Community Center also known as Hội Quán Cửu Long takes its name after the Mekong River in Vietnam and Hội Quán means a social services center. The name pays homage to our roots and the roots of the clients we serve. The Mekong River is the longest river in Vietnam, producing much of the country's crops and providing a third of Vietnam's food source. We aspire to help Vietnamese Americans thrive in life similar to the Mekong River helping the country of Vietnam grow and prosper.
We are a structure 501C, non-profit organization and welcome any kind of support. If you would like to help out, please contact us for a list of our most needed items or volunteer opportunities.