Fil-Am nonprofit SIPA flourishes despite budget cuts

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 26, 2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif – It was a celebration of the past present and future, as Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) celebrated its 42 years.

Among those honored was the Filipino Christian Church, believed to be one of the oldest Filipino churches in the country that helped fund SIPA, which provides services for low income and immigrant youth and families in the Historic Filipinotown neighborhood.

“Were getting honored because SIPA is recognizing us as a part of them and we’re so proud of what SIPA does,” Eliya Obillo said.

Mark Pulido who just assumed his role as mayor in Cerritos was another honoree who volunteered for the non profit group as a youth.

“Truly I learned how to be involved in the community and to be engaged civically and politically through my early involvement with SIPA. In many ways it was a way for me coming full circle,” Pulido said.

Despite budget cuts for non profit groups, SIPA has managed to not only stay afloat but is also gearing up for bigger things in the near future.

“SIPA is stabilizing so we can survive and weather the challenges of the funding world, of the nonprofit world, and so what’s next for SIPA is a development of a Hi-Fi community center together with an affordable housing project,” SIPA Executive Director Joel Jacinto said.

The event which also honored Asian Journal Publications raised $100,000, to keep SIPA’s programs running.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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