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OUR VISION

Our vision is to advance the Asian American community’s participation, contribution, and influence through faith-based and community partnerships. 

Our Mission

 KCCD/FACE serves as a light and bridge between the Asian American community and the greater community at large by connecting and creating private and public collaboration, maximizing the capacities of faith-based organizations and other community non-profits, increasing access to resources and funds, and assisting low-income individuals and revitalizing neighborhoods.

                   

              Christianity Daily Interview with Founder Hyepin Im:
               Letting the Church's Light Shine in the Community

Recently on September 15, 2014, Hyepin Im, KCCD President and CEO, was interviewed by Christianity Daily. In the interview, she shares how she established KCCD, to how KCCD has worked to build bridges between the Korean/Asian American community and the greater community, and also her calling as a Christian to work in the intersection of church and community development and to help the church community be a light of the world.

Please see the entire interview below or you can click here to view.

Interview with Hyepin Im: Letting the Church's Light Shine in the Community, BY RACHAEL LEE, SEP 15, 2014 02:17 PM EDT

Hyepin Im is the President, CEO, and Founder of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD), a non-profit organization whose aim is to help churches by connecting them to resources and partners that could help them to create a bigger impact and positive influence in their communities. Im is passionate about creating a platform for Asian Americans, and the Korean American church in particular, on which the good works they do for the community are able to shine, so that churches' influence and contribution to their respective communities are recognized, appreciated, and thus, churches can become active stakeholders and decision makers in communities.

Hyepin Im
(Photo: Christianity Daily)

"There are thousands of churches in Los Angeles alone, but if one of them were to shut down, would any members or leaders of that community know?" she posed. "Would any of them feel that the loss of that church was indeed a loss to the community?"

Im pointed to Matthew 5:16, which reads, "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

"Korean churches are very good at doing good deeds and serving others, but I think that they often forget an important part - letting those good deeds be seen by others. The people around them can't glorify the Father for what they've been doing if their works are not recognized by the community," she explained.

Her journey in connecting churches with the community started when she herself lived as a daughter of ministers, and saw that her parents lacked resources to help their congregation in practical ways. Members of their congregation, as immigrants to the U.S., had urgent needs of employment, housing, and others, but the most her parents could do was connect them with the few people they knew. These limited resources left Im wondering, "There must be a better way."

Im's perspective on the churches' role in community work was radically changed and expanded when she was able to do venture capital work under Reverend Mark Whitlock from First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME). This church also strived to provide for the practical needs of their congregation, but in a completely different way from her own church.

"They had a separate non-profit, a set structure and system through which they were able to help people get assimilated into society," Im explained. "The greater community recognized, appreciated, and welcomed this church's presence, and in that way, this church was making an impact on the community."

"They were looked upon as being leaders and stakeholders, so that when community leaders were making important decisions, their input was asked for."

Im believes that this is the influence that the church should have in the community.

"In every church and in every individual, there are specific gifts and talents that God has placed within us. We were meant for good works and to glorify Him through those works," she said. "When God-given talents are known and recognized, it not only blesses the individual, but it blesses other people who get to partake in the benefit of those talents."

She continued saying that the Korean American churches all over the nation are doing much to benefit their communities, including community service activities such as cleaning up trash in their neighborhoods and doing ministry with the homeless.

"Most Korean churches don't have to do more - they are already doing a lot to benefit their communities. But I think what they can do is simply tweak the way they reach out to the community by talking to community leaders directly about what might be some community needs, or letting them know about the community service events that they're holding," she said. "In that way, the leaders recognize and appreciate the presence of these specific churches and the way they help the community, and these leaders are able to connect churches with specific resources in order to help them to contribute to the community even more effectively."

And when the churches' contributions to the community are recognized, their voice will be heard by the communities' leaders, allowing them to be influential in making decisions for the community, Im emphasized.

"We need Esthers who can accurately represent our community and be the voice for the churches and for the Korean Americans," she said. And that can only be done as leaders increasingly acknowledge the role and presence of the Korean Americans in the community. "The church can't be an influential figure in the community if we're not invited to the decision-making table."

This is the source of Im's deep passion behind the work of KCCD. KCCD aims to be the platform through which churches can be connected to those leaders, non-profits, and resources for churches to be able to contribute to their communities effectively and on a greater scale. KCCD aims not only to be the voice for the Korean American churches in the political sphere, but also be the bridge by which churches can also speak up to community leaders.

KCCD, which was founded in 2001, has been actively striving to take on such a role by providing various services for the church and the community, including homebuyer education, healthy marriage education, financial literacy, small business training, foreclosure prevention, workforce training, to name a few.

Currently, KCCD stands as the main organization by which the Korean churches' voice is represented in the political sphere. Im described that in most of the political functions she has attended, there were no other Asian Americans to be seen, and that only recently she saw another Asian American, Eugene Cho, at the past few annual Easter Breakfast Prayer meetings at the White House.

In order to continue this legacy and to create an even greater representation of Asian American Christians in the political sphere in the future, KCCD has also been investing in the younger generation by inviting them to events such as the National Lighting the Community Summit in Washington, D.C. This past May, 16 young adults went to the White House with other Asian American leaders for the Summit, during which they were able to advocate for issues such as mental health and at-risk youth; human trafficking; My Brother's Keeper, a federal initiative meant to empower young men of color; immigration reform; and affirmative action.

"Everything is political, and the sooner that young people realize that, they can have that much of a greater and more significant impact on the community," Im said.

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16

Thank you for sharing your testimonies and convictions with me - they were enlightening and eye-opening, and I pray that God will speak to those who read the interview article, that they also may be a greater light in their communities for His glory.

KCCD 10 Years of Service
UMC Profile - Hyepin Im
KCCD: CGN Today News (Korean)

timeline

2016
  • KCCD Hosts Historic Gathering with Korean and Asian American Faith and Community Leaders to Meet the Consul General of Azerbaijan Nasimi Aghayev
  • KCCD Hosts Leadership Training for SOFIDA and the African Immigrant Community
  • KCCD Hosts Grant Workshop for Churches with Brian Bakke, President of Mustard Seed Foundation
  • KCCD Hosts Homelessness Strategy Meeting with Pastors, Community Leaders, and the Los Angeles Police in Koreatown
  • KCCD and AMCAL Multi-Housing Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony of Meridian Apartments, Will Provide 100 units of Affordable Housing to Low-Income Families in Koreatown
  • Over 150 AAPI Christian leaders attend KCCD’s 9th National Lighting the Community Summit
  • KCCD launches C2 (Church & Community) Leadership Institute and Internship Program
  • KCCD Hosts API Presidential Town Hall Interfaith Prayer Forum as Part of a Historic Presidential Town Hall Organized by APIA Vote and AAJA
  • KCCD Receives $15,000 Grant from Bank of America in Support of KCCD's Homeownership Program
  • KCCD hosts 15th Homeownership Fair with over 150 participants
  • KCCD Advocates for Community Center in the renovation of the LA County Mental Health Building in Koreatown
2015
  • KCCD hosts its New Year Kick-Off Reception at The Belasco Theater with Over 300 in attendance
  • KCCD Signs MOU with Yoido Full Gospel Church – Located in South Korea, one of the largest churches in the world with over 800,000 members
  • KCCD Launches Prophetic Voices, a joint publication with KCCD and Dr. Russell Jeung in bringing perspectives of API Christian leaders to current issues with additional insights how these issues are also relevant to the API community
  • Over 150 AAPI Christian leaders attend KCCD’s 8th National Lighting the Community Summit, AAPI Christian leaders are invited to 2nd White House Briefing
  • KCCD hosts 14th Homeownership Fair with over 150 participants
  • KCCD hosts Days of Dialogue on the Future of Policing (API Perspectives) in Koreatown, Los Angeles
  • KCCD Signs MOU with CGNTV to collaborate in advancing church leadership, community leadership, and partnerships. CGNTV airs in over 170 countries in 12 different language groups worldwide. 
2014
  • KCCD Awarded CA Emerging Technology Fund Grant – Providing low-income families with high speed internet access and services (One of if not only Asian American grantee)
  • KCCD Launches Faith and Community Mental Health Collaborative, in Partnership with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – One of 12 communities selected by SAMHSA, Only API in the Country
  • Over 140 AAPI Christian leaders attend KCCD’s 7th National Lighting the Community Summit, the first time AAPI Christian leaders are invited to a historic White House Briefing
  • Launch of AAPI Faith Alliance and 1000 Initiative, a national convening and collaboration of AAPI churches, faith-based and community organizations
  • KCCD launches Mental Health Speakers Initiative
2013
  • KCCD Founder Hyepin Im Recognized as “Ten Most Inspiring Women” by Los Angeles Magazine
  • KCCD Celebrates Partnership with the One Million New Internet Users Initiative
  • American Jewish Committee of Los Angeles Makes Historic Visit to Glory Church of Jesus Christ through Partnership with KCCD
  • KCCD Offering Free Basic Computer Classes for Low Income Residents of the City of Los Angeles in Collaboration with 1736 Family Crisis Center
  • KCCD Joined by Councilmember Tom LaBonge and Rev. David Myers of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships – Over 400 Attend Successful Disaster Readiness Seminar
  • Freddie Mac CreditSmart Promotion through KCCD (one of few agencies specially selected to do outreach by Freddie Mac)
  • KCCD & Korean Pastors Join Fasters at U.S. Capitol for Commitment to Immigration Reform
  • KCCD President meets with President Barack Obama and other AAPI leaders on Immigration Reform
  • KCCD President meets with President Barack Obama and 7 other faith leaders on Immigration Reform in the Oval Office
2012
  • KCCD Hosts 7-month SAIGU Campaign to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of L.A. Riots – Over 1,500 attend Commemorative Service
  • Hyepin Im, KCCD Founder & CEO selected as a “2012 Woman of Action” by CA Speaker John A. Pérez
  • Hyepin Im, KCCD Founder & CEO selected as a “Pioneer Woman of the Year” by Councilmember Tom LaBonge
  • Bank of America Honors KCCD with a $10,000 Community Grant
  • KCCD’s Announces Partnership with E*TRADE on $10,000 Match Savings Program
  • Hyepin Im, KCCD Founder & CEO Recipient of the Prestigious Presidential Citation Award from South Korean Government
  • Torrey Pines Bank Presents $10,000 Check to KCCD
2011
  • KCCD Joins L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to Support CRA
  • KCCD Successfully Fights to Prevent CRA Merger
  • KCCD hosts its 10th Anniversary Dinner and 2011 Lighting the Community Conference
  • KCCD Awarded Grant from Greenlining Institute to train Minority Business Owners to Win Corporate Contracts
  • KCCD hosts Dinner with LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Korean Pastors to Discuss Future Economic Development Projects in the Community
  • KCCD Joins with Other Organizations in the Redistricting Fight to Make Koreatown One District
2010
  • KCCD Selected as 1 of 5 National Partners for Freddie Mac’s Borrower Home Network Initiative to Help Distressed Homeowners
  • KCCD Partners with the Wilshire Family Source Center to serve 420 low-income Los Angeles residents in providing emergency referrals and services as part of City of Los Angeles Family Source Program
2009
  • KCCD President, Hyepin Im, Honored as 2009 Pioneer Woman by Council President Eric Garcetti
  • ‍KCCD Awarded 2009 HomeFree-USA President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Foreclosure prevention
  • ‍KCCD President Hyepin Im as Presidential Appointee to the Corporation for National and Community Service Board
2008
  • KCCD Publishes Korean American Churches as Partners in Community Development featured on The White House Website (One of 12 Agencies Selected)
  • KCCD Hosts Wake Up Call! Faith and Community Leadership Summit on Mental Health and Asian Americans Youth At-Risk in Partnership with SAMHSA
  • KCCD helps raise $400,000 in Marriage Grants in the Korean American community
2007
  • First time homebuyer receives over $174,000 in down payment assistance through KCCD’s Homeownership Program
  • KCCD hosts Parent Educational Seminars on Asian Youth
  • KCCD partners with Freddie Mac to offer consumers and potential homebuyers CreditSmart Asian Guidebooks
  • KCCD Awards over $420,000 in Grants to Faith-based and Community Organizations
2006
  • KCCD becomes corporate partner with Mayor Villaraigosa for “Hire LA’s Youth 2006” Youth Workforce Program (YWP)
  • Launch of Korean Community Homeownership Initiative
2005
  • KCCD’s Healthy Marriage Network Established 1st National Asian American Marriage Day Celebration
  • KCCD Receives a Historic Three-year $5 million Department of Labor Grant for At-risk Youth Workforce Program
2004
  • KCCD receives National AmeriCorps VISTA grant for 26 members (Historic grant for local grantee to receive so many national VISTA members in short window)
  • KCCD President Hyepin Im receives Korean Civil Merit Badge Award “GukMin Pojang Sang” from South Korean Government and President
2001-2003
  • KCCD Holds its 1st Conference in partnership with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with over 350 in Attendance
  • First Lighting the Community Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Supervisor Yvonne Burke awards $50,000 grant to KCCD
  • KCCD hosts first Homeownership Fair with over 600 participants (First Korean/Asian American Homeownership Fair in the US)
  • ‍MOU with FDIC for Korean Translation Review of Korean FDIC: Money Smart Financial Literacy Program
  • ‍Freddie Mac Awards $45,000 for Homebuyer Education
  • ‍KCCD Launches Weekly Radio Talk Show on KGBC

staff

Our team is diverse and passionate about the change we envision.
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awards

2017
Recipient of $125,000 City of Los Angeles Vulnerable/Underrepresented Populations Grant to Serve API Community in Workforce Development
2013
Selected Outreach Agency for Freddie Mac CreditSmart Promotion
2011
California Homeownership Preservation Leadership Award from CRC in Sacramento CA
2010
Selected as 1 of 5 National Partners for Freddie Mac's Borrower Home Network Initiative to Help Distressed Homeowners
2010
“Graduate of the Year” from The Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN) at its annual Visionaries Awards Luncheon
2009
Homefree-USA President’s Award
2009
KCCD/FACE President Hyepin Im Receives Presidential Appointee to the Corporation for National and Community Service Board
2009
The National Industry “HOPE Award” from the Association of Realtors
2009
“Pioneer Woman of the Year” from L.A City Council President Eric Garcetti
2009
KCCD/FACE President Hyepin Im Appointed as Vice-President of the Council of Korean Churches in Southern California
2008
Raised $400,000 in Marriage Grants in the Korean American Community
2008
“TRAILBLAZER Award” for Championing the Right of American Children
2007
Awards over $420,000 in Grants to Faith-based and Community Organizations
2007
U.S Small Business Administration and the Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Center at the 12th Annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Awards
2005
Recipient of $5 million U.S. Department of Labor Grant to Serve At-Risk and Adjudicated Youth
2004
National Grant Valued at over $1Million to Participate in AmeriCorps Vista Program-26 AmeriCorps *Vista Slots Awarded
2002
$45,000 Award from Freddie Mac for Homebuyer Education
2001
$50,000 Grant Awarded from Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke

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