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About Us

PAEP or Pacific Asian Empowerment Program was born out of a grassroots demand by Filipinos, Tongans, Hmong, Mien, Laotians, Samoan, Polynesian volunteers, and clients demanding changes from oppression and lack of understanding by larger groups and agencies that had not been culturally sensitive to their heritage and needs. Learn more About Us and Help our Pacific Asian Elderly here in Seattle Washington.

PAEP and its Senior Nutrition Congregate Meal Program addresses many important issues such as diminishing and alleviating hunger, isolation, loneliness, depression, malnutrition, obesity, inactivity, and sedentary lifestyles.  When the seniors come to the meal sites they socialize, exercise, listen to music, sing, dance, eat a healthy and tasty meal using ingredients similar to the foods they were used to eat back home.  The seniors receive good, helpful information, peer counselling, information and referral, food bank donated items.  They sometimes play bingo, watch the news and discuss issues and current events with others.  We are helping families and seniors in the Seattle, King County area to live healthier, happier and more independent lives, thus contributing to an improved community with a healthier and more productive population.

About Us. PAEP Board and Staff

Who we are and what we do

Our Story

PAEP is a small non-profit, social service agency established in 1986, operational in 1987, with an annual revenue of about $305,083.00.  Our mission is to help improve the health and quality of life of Pacific Asian residents of King County, through empowered community groups of Filipinos, Laotians, Miens, Hmongs, Tongans, Polynesians, and other needy Pacific Asian elderly persons and their families residing in King County.

Currently, we have 3 partnerships with respected Community Based Organizations (CBO’s), using a consultative and participatory management style required by the founder of PAEP.  These groups meet at the following meal sites:

  • Filipino Community Center: 5740 M.L. King Way Dr., Seattle. The Hmong & Laos every Fridays.
  • St Marks Lutheran Church 6020 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108. The APO Senior Group. American Polynesian Organization Every Mondays.
  • Highland Park United Methodist Church9001 9th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106. The First Tongan Senior Group Every Wednesdays.

Visit our Events Page and see the ongoing and upcoming events of our Senior Partners.

April 2018 Board and Staff

PAEP currently has one part-time Website Digital and Marketing Specialist. PAEP has an active Board of Directors that is diverse and bi-lingual (English & Filipino languages); with Seven (7) active Board Members which include two (2) Senior Partners from the APO and Hmong & Lao Senior Group.

The Board is headed by Norberto Caoili, a Filipino American retired Engineer from the Boeing Company and a well-known community leader and organizer.  He is past President of the Filipino Community of Seattle, Past District Governor of the Seattle Bituin (“Star”) Lions Club and currently also the President of the Coalition of Filipino-American Organizations (COFAO).

Several volunteers assist us with our programs. Our former Fiscal Agent was Neighborhood House of Seattle but now we have employed Honest Buck Accounting which is also a very respected Accounting Office. We use interpreters for the Hmong, Mien, and Laotians who do not speak English at all.

Programs and Services

Because PAEP is a small organization, we contract with Sound Generations (formerly “Senior Services”), a larger social service agency to assist us with the management of our program such as our Transportation program so that the seniors can have easier access to the program sites at no cost to them.  We collaborate with many other agencies in the delivery of our services, such as the City of Seattle, our major funder, and contractor for the Senior Nutrition Congregate Meal Program.  We also partner with Seattle Tilth providing nutrition classes and food demonstrations for the seniors and families.  In partnership with Food Lifeline, we operate a food bank and emergency feeding programs.  In partnership with the International Health Clinic Services (ICHS), we conduct health fairs and preventive health screens and seminars for our clients and the public.

The Senior Nutrition Congregate Meal Program in partnership with Aging and Disability Services (ADS) of the City of Seattle, is our lead program and it is held at each of our sites.  A hot ethnic nutritious balanced meal is prepared on site and served to the senior clients on their appointed meal site date.  Prior to the meal, the seniors congregate for exercise, dancing, listening to music of their choosing, talking and supporting each other.  Shuttle buses and volunteers bring the clients to the sites.  Some drive themselves and volunteer to bring less mobile individuals.  Speakers provide presentations about health and other topics of interest to seniors, such as health insurance, employment opportunities, social security, finances, safety, medications, etc.  Every day of the week we operate a food bank service for each group and conduct blood pressure checks, diabetes, weight control, breast cancer screening, CPR, job training, with the assistance of volunteer professionals.  Through our Food Bank, we distribute about 350,000 pounds of food per year to 900 regular clients.

PAEP and its Senior Nutrition Congregate Meal Program addresses many important issues such as diminishing and alleviating hunger, isolation, loneliness, depression, malnutrition, obesity, inactivity, and sedentary lifestyles.  When the seniors come to the meal sites they socialize, exercise, listen to music, sing, dance, eat healthy and tasty meals using ingredients similar to the foods they were used to eat back home.  The seniors receive good, helpful information, peer counselling, information and referral, food bank donated items.  They sometimes play bingo, watch the news and discuss issues and current events with others.  We are helping families and seniors in the Seattle, King County area to live healthier, happier and more independent lives, thus contributing to an improved community with a healthier and more productive population.

Although there are other Senior Meal programs, PAEP is unique because we address the needs of these smaller groups of Asian Pacific Islander who are under-represented in our Communities.  It is more difficult to find resources to assist them.  The language barrier is also an issue for them.  Also, these groups have been empowered to be more independent so that they can assist their constituents more adequately with PAEP’s guidance.