Chinese Mutual Aid Association & Lao American Organization of Elgin Announces Partnership

Partnership to Deliver Needed Social Services in Elgin & Surrounding Suburbs

March 29, 2016, Elgin, IL – Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) and the Lao American Organization of Elgin (LAOE) are pleased to announce their strategic partnership that will provide much needed social services in Elgin and the surrounding suburbs. Due to the State of Illinois’ fiscal challenges and limited resources which directly impact non-profits, CMAA and LAOE joined forces to help transform how social services are being provided in the suburbs now and in the long-run for those in need of such assistance. The public is invited to join CMAA and LAOE at their Elgin Grand Opening & Celebration on Sunday, April 3rd from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at their Elgin office building at 164 Division Street on the 8th floor in Downtown Elgin. The event will also feature a photo exhibit of the Lao community. Providing in-home services for eligible individuals 60 years and over, as well as people with physical disabilities, is one of the core services through CMAA and LAOE’s formal collaboration. The In-Home Services program allows individuals to maintain their independence and dignity while living in the comforts of their own homes. Our In-Home Services program is licensed to provide nonmedical services such as medical visit accompaniment, personal care, meal preparation and much more. Our diverse homemaker team speak over 20 languages including Cantonese, Laotian, Tagalog and Vietnamese. We are currently licensed to provide nonmedical services for eligible clients in Cook County and all of the collar counties – DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will. For more information about our In-Home Services program, please contact our In-Home Services’ program coordinator, Ang Santana, at or at 630-292-3107.

About CMAA

Led by Filipino-American Dennis Mondero, CMAA’s executive director, and Korean-American Jenny Han, CMAA’s president of the board of directors, CMAA was founded in 1981 by ethnic Chinese refugees from Vietnam, Duc Huang and his daughter, Yman Vien. CMAA is a 501(c)(3) pan-Asian social services non-profit that offers a wide range of services such as in-home services, immigration case assistance, job placement and consultation services, job training, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, youth programs and much more. For more information on CMAA, please visit CMAA’s website at and like us on Facebook at

About LAOE

Led by Soukanh Thavisouk, LAOE’s executive director, and Jay Rasavongxay, LAOE’s chairman of the board, LAOE was formally established in 1996. Prior to 1996, community leaders supported the Lao American community of Elgin through various programs and activities dating back to the 1960’s. We are proud to be a 501(c)(3) service organization with the mission to provide services and assistance to help our community develop and achieve success. For more information on LAOE, please visit LAOE’s website at and like us on Facebook at