August 2011 Newsletter

August, 2011ATASK logo

In This Issue
Client Success Story
Volunteer Highlight
Silk Road 2011
In The Community
Community Recognitions
Getting Involved
Shelter Updates
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Youth Empowerment Project

India Day Boston

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YEP tabling at India Day Boston on Sunday, August 14, 2011


Our Youth Empowerment Project participated in the annual India Day event to celebrate the independence of India at the Hatch Shel. Many people stopped by at ATASK's booth to play the quiz on our new Wheel of Fortune that displayed a special anti-violence message and pick up one of our cool prizes. It was a cheerful way to motivate people to take a stand against domestic violence.    


Voice of the Unheard

YEP (Youth Empowerment Project) is putting together the 2nd issue of their annual youth zine, Voices of the Unheard. It is a publication of original art, poetry, videos, music, and photography against violence and oppression. As a group, YEP is also working on a public service announcement to raise awareness about dating violence.





Client Success Story


CH is originally from Cambodia and was experiencing physical, verbal, and mental abuse from her boyfriend, father of her children. She was in hopeless relationship until a local hospital in Lawrence referred her to ATASK in the winter of 2009. It was a start of her journey to break a cycle of domestic violence. ATASK


advocates helped her move to the emergency shelter. She obtained a restraining order against her boyfriend. The advocates accompanied her to court to fight for child support. Now she is about to start her new life. All the best for CH and her two children. ATASK is proud to be part of CH's walk to a better life.  

Volunteer Highlight

Kumiko Strauss

Kumiko Strauss is a volunteer for the Life Skills/English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program at ATASK. She works with the students with challenging situations to help them attend classes continuously. 
The contribution of volunteers and interns are valuable for ATASK and we are grateful for their work.


"Though my time with ATASK has only been a year, I have already seen some of our clients move on to training programs to acquire skills for a better job. I find it to be a rewarding experience to see a former student come to visit us during class to update us on where they are in life. And I do hope to have more of these experiences as I continue to volunteer at ATASK's ESOL program".   


Silk Road 2011


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From Letf: Linda Chin,
  ATASK President, Angela Menino and Ming Tsai

On Tuesday, August 9, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino and his wife Angela Menino joined Chef Ming Tsai, this year's Silk Road Gala Chair, for a testing of what will be served at this year's event. Our gathering was covered by area newspapers including Boston Globe, Metro Boston and Boston Herald. This year's Silk Road Gala will be in the evening of Saturday, October 22nd at the Sheraton Boston

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From Left: Deeb and Patti Salem, Gala Co-Chairs, Ming Tsai, Mayor Thomas Menino and Angela Menino

Hotel. Once again, Chef Tsai will lead a line up of Boston's prominent chefs

including Joanne Chang of Myers + Chang and Flour, Jody Adams of Rialto, Ting San of Oishii, Patricia Yeo of Om, Jason Santos of Blue Inc., Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa and David Wong of Shabu Zen. For more information, please visit


In the Community

Save the Date  

Wednesday, August 31st

Location: Newton-Wellesley Hospital (Shipley Auditorium).

ATASK is tabling at Middlesex District Attorney's 3rd Annual Domestic Violence Consortium. The topic will be Breaking down Barriers: Working with Immigrant Communities.


Saturday, September 17th

Location: Bolton Public Safety Center (Harold W. Brown Jr. Training Room)

Time: 10:30AM-12 PM

ATASK is presenting at the Bolton Police Joint Forum on Domestic Violence Resources.


Thursday, September 22nd

Location: Jymmy Choo, 100 Huntington Avenue, Copley Place, Boston

Time:6 PM ~

Join ATASK, Janet Wu of 7 News and Jennie Suk of Harvard Law School for Jimmy Choo's shopping benefit for ATASK. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Kozue Sawame at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 617-338-2350 x232.


Saturday, October 22nd  

Location: Sheraton Boston Hotel 

Save the date for the Silk Road Gala 2011, annual fundraiser for ATASK! For more information, please visit


Anti-Dating Violence Workshops

ATASK is scheduling anti-dating violence workshops! Contact Danny Ho (Youth Education Coordinator) at 617-338-2350 x229 for more information or to schedule a workshop! 


Community Recognitions


We are delighted to announce that three of ATASK's valuable members received awards for their long term community work.

Kija Kim

Kija Kim


Kija Kim, ATASK Board Chair, was selected by Lokvani  for the Spotlight on Excellence Award of the "Community Catalysts" category 2011. Lokvani noted "Kim has done tremendous work to support victims of domestic violence. She has worked tirelessly to extend the services to the South Asian community".





Manju Seth

Manju Seth, ATASK Board member, is selected as India New England's 2011 Women of the Year. Seth is an active member of the South Asian Community through her charity works. Her dedication inspires others to give back to the community through social services. Lokvani also chose Seth as one of the winners for the "Community Catalysts" category this year. 



Jay Trivedi

Jay Trivedi, Silk Road Gala Committee Member, was awarded the Professional Achievement Award in 2011 by Boston University Sargent College and Alumni Association for his contributions to the advancement of health and rehabilitation sciences. As the director of the Upham's Elder Service Plan, he successfully introduced comprehensive programs to increase the quality of life for the seniors and their families. Trivedi and his wife, Heena, have been part of the Silk Road Gala Committee since 2006. Their contribution is significant in making ATASK's annual fundraisers continuingly successful.   


Getting Involved  

Employment Opportunities:

For detailed information about these openings and internship opportunities at ATASK please visit

Shelter Updates

Shelter Requests:

Our shelter is currently in need of new blankets/comforters, towels, and toiletries. Please contact Uyen Tran. Or to make a donation, please visit and indicate the purpose of your donation in the comments box. Thank you!