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Light and Salt Association
9800 Town Park Drive, Suite 255, Houston, TX 77036
Phone and fax: 713-988-4724, Website: www.light-salt.org

About Us

Founded in 1997, Light and Salt Association (LSA) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization, comprised of a non-denominational alliance that seeks to serve God by serving and caring for the needy and vulnerable persons in our greater Houston communities without discrimination. Our organization's beliefs and endeavors are grounded in: "You are the salt of the earth... You are the light of the worldK Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:13-16). We aim to live this out through service in our communities.

Our Mission

Light and Salt Association strives to provide care and services with compassion and knowledge to the needy and vulnerable, to promote healthy living, and to foster a sense of community responsibilities.

Our Impact

Since its inception, LSA has sponsored multiple annual events in the community, including: Parents' Day celebrations, winter clothing drives, and special days with seniors. LSA mobilized the local Chinese community to raise relief funds for victims of natural disasters such as the 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China, 2009 earthquake in Haiti, 2009 Morak Typhoon in Taiwan, and 2010 earthquake in Japan. LSA continues to contribute to our communities even beyond the greater Houston areas through the following framework of services: h

Cancer Support Network

In 2001, LSA established the Cancer Support Network (CSN) to provide specialized cultural and linguistic support to cancer patients and their families. Through the CSN and funding from Susan G. Komen Houston Affiliate, LSA established the first breast cancer support program targeting Chinese women in the greater Houston area. Currently, our community outreach activities include: monthly health seminars, support group meetings, peer support, a home-based diet and exercise intervention for cancer survivors and patients, free nutrition consultations for the public, social media (TV and radio programs), screening services (mammograms, hepatitis B screenings, pap smears), health fairs, healthcare and social services navigation. We also publish monthly newsletters, annual yearbooks, a Houston Cancer Resource Guide and other cancer-related educational materials. h

Information Media Center

In 2006, we produced a weekly Mandarin radio program with the goal of spreading positive educational messages and promoting healthy lifestyles in the Chinese community. The broadcast occurs every Monday, from 10:30 to 11am. In 2009, we launched a weekday Cantonese radio program aimed at the Cantonese-speaking population in the greater Houston area. The radio program runs five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 3:30 to 4:00pm, and is the only Cantonese radio program in Houston. A variety of radio programs can be accessed through our websites: www.light-salt.org and http://fly1320.webnode.com.

With funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), LSA developed a weekly 30-minute TV program with topics focusing on cancer prevention, healthy lifestyles, and survivorship on iTV 55.5. The program reaches an estimated 20,000 viewers every week.

LSA has established a social and digital media presence as part of its efforts to creatively disseminate information and directly speak to young people and diverse audiences outside of its traditional media outreach via print, radio, and TV. In 2008, LSA launched its website (www.light-salt.org) with event updates, news articles, and other information on healthy lifestyles, diet and nutrition, cancer prevention, screening, treatment and more. We created in 2012 our Facebook page, Weibo page (sL, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter), and additional Chinese language website with international resources (http://www.light-salt-cancer-care.org) to expand our efforts to circulate information to youth in general and people outside the United States, respectively. h

Special Needs Caring Center

We founded the Special Needs Caring Center (SNCC) in 2007 when several parents with special-needs children felt the need to form a linguistically appropriate program to provide a community of mutual support and information sharing. Our goal is to improve the quality of life among people affected by physical and intellectual disabilities and increase public awareness of the day-to-day issues faced by these families. SNCC offers a variety of services: a monthly support group meeting, follow-up phone calls and home visits, seminars and workshops, a helpline, resource and services navigation. In addition, with funding from the United Way of Greater Houston, we formed in 2009 a hand chime chorus for older children. The chorus has performed locally in several major public events and at churches. h

Community Outreach

Since its inception, LSA has successfully collaborated with local organizations, churches, universities, and hospitals to effectively develop and implement community-based services and initiatives such as health fairs, mammogram and Hepatitis B screenings, and nutrition classes. In 2011, LSA opened a new northwest branch office to extend our programs and services to the northwest section of the Houston area. Through its work with other community organizations, LSA's programs and services made a difference in the lives of more than 8,000 people in the greater Houston area in 2012. LSA hopes to fulfill its mission to strengthen bonds within the Houston Chinese and Asian American communities by contributing focused and sustainable services, resources, and care. Our organization aims to provide the education, assistance, and access necessary to effectively serve needy, vulnerable Houstonians and empower our communities.