Free Foreclosure workshop: May 21, 2011

Join Lao Family Community Development, Inc.,  Community Housing Development Corporation (CHDC and Housing and Economic Rights (HERA) for a free Foreclosure Prevention Clinic

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Lao Family Community Development

2325 E. 12th Street

Oakland CA 94601

Are you worried about losing your home? Are you wondering whether you should pay someone to help you stop your foreclosure? Are you receiving letters or calls concerning repayment of mortgage even though you already lost your home to foreclosure? Would you like to know how to protect yourself from loan modification scams?

Come to this FREE seminar given by non-profit attorneys.

Learn about the foreclosure process, loan modifications, short sale, eviction after foreclosure, and more. Meet individually with attorneys and HUD certified housing counselors. Bring paystubs, recent utility bill, bank statements, loan documents, letters from your Bank & foreclosure notices to get advice & help on-site.


Chinese translation will be provided.


Coming soon! Emboidering our Lives Exhibit 


Embroidering Our Lives: Mien Women at Peralta Hacienda

Exhibit at Lao Family from June 9, 2011 – September 9, 2011

Opening Reception: 

Thursday, June 9th, 4-6pm

at Lao Family Community Development, Inc

2325 East 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94601

Light Refreshments will be served.

Mien embroidery activities for kids and adults!

Films featuring first-person stories of the Mien.
Meet the photographer and the curator of the exhibit.

About the Exhibit:

Lao Family Community Development, Inc. is proud to host this Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park exhibit, Embroidering Our Lives: Mien Women at Peralta Hacienda, which features beautiful photos, interpretive text, exquisite embroidery, and video of Laotian Mien women sharing their embroidery, gardening, and cooking skills with Oakland youth at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park. A group of Laotian Mien women have found footing in the park’s community garden, after fleeing their homelands in the mountains of Laos, living as refugees for many years, and finally, immigrating to the U.S. In the exhibit, you can read the women’s own words, telling about their lives and traditions, and see them sharing their culture and arts with youth at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park. As they garden, cook, and embroider, they communicate a sense of who they are, and their history and culture, to children of many cultures.

Photos by Nina Egert

Exhibit Design by Jeff Norman

Project Director: Holly Alonso

First-person stories and textiles by Mien community members

Call or email Madeline at Madeline@peraltahacienda.org or 510-532-9142 with questions

Exhibit and films made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Oakland Cultural Funding, Vinapa Foundation, CA Arts Council, and Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park.



Burmese New Year Celebration- April 30th

In Burma, they celebrate New Years with a joyous three day festival called Maha Thingyan. The three days are filled with prayer, fasting, and fun and falls around mid April. This date, which was chosen according to the lunar calendar and fixed Zodiac System, is a day filled with washing buildings and temples. Additionally, kids and adults play and splash in the excess of water of the day. The water is said to welcome to the heavy rains of the monsoon season and wash away evil spirits.

Come celebrate Maha Thingyan with Oakland's Burmese community!  Everyone is welcome!

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 10AM - 4PM

Cesar Chavez Educational Center

2832 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606


  • Free Admission
  • Free Food
  • Tranditional Thingyan Food
  • Traditional Dance
  • Karaoke

Contact 510.334.1149 for more info.

Hosted by the Burmese New Year and Traditional Thingyan Festival


April 2011 Free Legal Workshops

For more information on these free legal workshops, please contact us at (925) 370-2548   Email: thurley@cccba.org or explore legal resources available in Contra Costa County at www.ContraCostaLegalHelp.com.

What You Need to Know About Immigration Law
Date: Tuesday, April 12th                                                     Time: 5 – 7 pm 
Location: Richmond Public Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond

Bankruptcy Clinic
Date: Thursday, April 14th & Thursday April 28th            Time: 4:45 – 6:45 pm
Location: JFKU, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill

Family Law Workshop
Date: Thursday April 28th                                                   Time: 6 - 8 pm
Location: Pittsburg Library, 80 Power Ave, Pittsburg

Senior Self-Help Clinic
Date: EVERY Tuesday of Each Month                      Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  
Location: Peter Spinetta Family Law Center, 2nd Floor, 751 Pine St., Martinez
This clinic is available to Contra Costa County residents age 60 and older who represent themselves in court (i.e. do not have an attorney). Clinic staff is available to assist with Elder Abuse Temporary Restraining Orders, landlord/tenant cases, consumer credit cases, and other civil legal matters affecting seniors. The Clinic is available on a drop-in basis or by telephone.
Tenants’ Rights Clinic
Date: 3rd Tuesday of Each Month                              Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM  
Location: Monument Community Partnership, 1760 Clayton Road, Concord
BayLegal Staff attorneys and Volunteer Attorneys provide advice/counsel and limited scope assistance to Tenants regarding with all issues, including: Deposits, Repairs/Habitability, Discrimination & Eviction.  No eligibility requirements.  Services provided in English and Spanish.
Lawyer in the Library
Date: 2nd Tuesday of Each Month                              Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Contra Costa County Public Law Library, 1020 Ward St, 1st Floor, Martinez
A clinic for self represented litigants.  First come, first served.
Guardianship Clinic
Date: EVERY Thursday of Each Month                     Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM  
Location: Richmond Superior Court, 100 37th St., Room 201, Richmond
Free workshop on getting started with your guardianship form. You must arrive at 3:00; if you are late, you may not be admitted to the workshop. Before you attend the workshop, purchase your forms packet at the Richmond Clerk's Office, Room 185.  The Clerk's office is open from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm.


Online Job Search Resources

Here are just a few of the many job search resources available online...  If you want help with your job search, call and make an appointment with one of our Career Coaches: 510-533-8850.   

General Job Search Sites

  • The Beehive- Provides links to local resources for your job search, career exploration, continuing education, and much much more.  Enter your zipcode to get the most relevant information.
  • Craigslist- Online job classifieds, organized by industry.  Also lots of other classified information, such as items for sale, community activities, volunteer opportunities, etc.
  • Yelp- Employment Agency Reviews- A list of 100 employment agencies rated by online users.  Read what real people have to say about them!
  • Idealist.org- Non-profit career site, plus lots of volunteer opportunities and online community
  • Opportunity Knocks- Non-profit job postings
  • CalJobs- State of California's online employment resource
  • EASTBAY Works- Links to Job Banks for Alameda County, Oakland, Contra Costa County, and Richmond
  • Monster.com- Job Bank
  • Juju- Job Search Engine
  • City of Oakland Jobs- Jobs at the City of Oakland

  • Blue Collar Jobs- Information about careers in the skilled trades

Resources for Re-entry (formerly incarcerated) population: