Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen communities by maximizing the resources of Korean/Asian American faith-based and partner organizations. KCCD is the largest and oldest Asian American faith-based organization in the country involved in capacity building and community development.
Since 2001, KCCD has led the way in advancing the Korean/Asian American community’s recognition and participation as full partners in society by removing cultural, linguistic, and economic barriers through educational and economic development programs, strategic public and private partnerships, and capacity building for Asian- American faith communities and community non-profits. KCCD has been successful in addressing key community challenges and enhancing the quality of services for low-income, immigrant and disenfranchised individuals, thus changing the landscape for the Korean/Asian American community as a whole.
KCCD Program Descriptions
Home Ownership and Foreclosure Prevention
Homebuyer Education & Counseling
KCCD Housing Counseling Agency assists potential home owners in the purchase of their first home by providing home buyer education, financial literacy, and counseling. Prospective home owners learn about government down payment assistance programs, escrow, and related topics that will equip them to purchase a home.
Foreclosure Prevention Counseling
KCCD provides group and individual counseling sessions for home owners who are having difficulty making their mortgage payments. Counseling sessions consist of an extensive review of the mortgage modification process along with document preparation assistance. KCCD further assist distressed home owners by submitting the necessary documentation to the lender in order to determine if the home owner qualifies for a loan modification. KCCD continues to act as intermediary between the borrower and the lender until a final resolution has been reached.
Healthy Marriage Initiative
Marriage Education and *APAHMFI
KCCD seeks to build peaceful and loving families and homes by providing tools and resources for families to strengthen marriages, families and address domestic violence. Our mission is to help couples and families develop skills and knowledge as well as a support network to form and sustain happy and healthy families. We provide the following programs through our partner organization: Marriage and Relationship Skills Education, Premarital Classes and Counseling, Parenting Classes, Couple Mentoring Programs, Train the Trainer, Couples Events and Retreats, Family Strengthening, Public Outreach and Education.
Research - To document the needs, resources, and opportunities for promoting responsible fatherhood in the Korean/API community, KCCD has been conducting research in partnership with Allen Kim, a researcher for the University of California, Irvine. Allen Kim has conducted extensive research on the topic of Asian American fatherhood. The final report documenting the research which will provide a comprehensive look at the current state of fatherhood and the existing needs and problems Asian American fathers are facing in 2010. This report will provide a more in-depth look at our target population, and help us to develop a fatherhood problem more tailored to the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander fathers in Southern California.
Vision and Goals - Our vision is to strengthen communities through responsible fatherhood, with a special emphasis on cross-generational and cross-cultural relationships in Korean and Asian American families. Our goal is to accurately assess the needs of the Korean and Asian American community and to develop a comprehensive, accessible, in-language fatherhood program which corresponds and caters to the needs of the community.
Community & Economic Development
KCCD successfully engaged many Asian American Youth by providing various programs such as Community Empowering Youth Program and Youth Workforce Program. Also, Youth summits are held for the youth to experience new perspectives on their personal life and broaden their views of professional career world and community service areas.
Capacity Building & Measurement
KCCD has successfully trained over 2,000 faith-based organizations and non-profits across the country to leverage internal and external resources for their community and improve economic development efforts. KCCD’s trainings, consultations, advocacy, grant writing services and networking opportunities assist organizations to:
- Establish a non-profit arm
- Identify and address needs in the community
- Develop effective programs
- Build organizational leadership and infrastructure
- Identify, attract and obtain funding
KCCD Research Institute
The KCCD Research Institute partners with research associations and scholars to collect data, distribute information, and establish a repository of economic and community development information regarding the Korean and Asian American community. Survey results, case studies of best practices, statistics and other relevant research information are compiled, analyzed, and presented to key stakeholders and policy makers.
SmallBusiness Development Center
KCCD offers Business Ownership Training courses to current and potential business entrepreneurs who wish to acquire sound business skills and tools. Creating a business Plan; Financial Management; Securing a Business Loan; Building Credit; Accounting; Marketing & Networking.