Assembly woman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, left, accompanies Bonnie Lew down the aisle on the floor of the State Legislature in Sacramento.

Assembly District's Woman of Year Honored

Assembly woman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, left, accompanies Bonnie Lew, President of Jene Wah, down the aisle on the floor of the State Legislature in Sacramento. Courtesy Susan Eggman's office


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The Story of Jene Wah, INC.

35th anniversary commemorative publication


by Teresa M. Chen


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About Jene Wah




Jene Wah, Inc. is a social service agency in San Joaquin County. Located in the city of Stockton in what was once a thriving Chinatown, Jene Wah has been serving the social service needs of the Chinese American community in San Joaquin County for 38 years and has maintained a multi-service center for 33 years. The work of this grass-root organization began in the offices of three prominent Chinese businessmen, Henry Yip, Ray Wong Quen and Joe who saw a growing population of elderly Chinese men and women who needed their help as they began to retire. These men and women had spent their lives working in cannery, food service and other menial jobs that needed very little English speaking skills. Limited English speaking skills made it difficult for them to maneuver the government services available to workers and retirees. Incorporated as a non-profit agency in 1976, the agency received a Department of Aging grant to hire a bi-lingual staff to help elderly Chinese Americans negotiate the English speaking social, government and medical services in the community. The organization continues to provide unique services to a community who otherwise would be isolated from and unable to access traditional English speaking social, medical and government services because of the lack of English speaking skills. Jene Wah continues to provide its services these 30 plus years through the generous support of community donors and grants from the San Joaquin County, Department of Aging.





Board of Directors


President

Mrs. Judy Hong

Human Service Agency, Retired

Secretary

Mrs. Doris Go

Lodi Unified School District, Retired

Treasurer

Mr. Henry Chow

Commercial Banking, Retired

Marilyn Y. Lim

H&R Block District Manager

Mr. Ray Yep

Santa Clara Valley Water District, retired

Mr. Francis Lau

San Joaquin County Public Work Civil Engineer, Retired


Staff of Jene Wah


Executive Director

Runping Lin

Assistant Executive Director

Wendy Lehner

Clerical Staff

Yinlin Tang

Outreach Director

Qun Y. Li

Outreach Assistant

Kenneth Kong

ZhuanChan Xie

Sui Ying Tan

Gary Lin

Yong Chang Li

Zi Heng Huang

YanMei Kuang

Haifeng Huang

Yajian Hu

Jinsi Zhou

Shiyun Wei


Volunteer Teachers


Kristen Rinaker

Dr. Teresa Chen

Wilfred Lee


And Many Other Devoted Volunteers