Previously known as the Southeast Asian Assistance Center, we presently are no longer serving only the Southeast Asian community. The agency now operates under the name Sacramento Culture & Linguistic Center (SCLC) as over the years we have evolved and became a multi-ethnic serving agency, serving a larger demographic representing a diverse group of refugees and immigrants, from all over the world as they have and are settling in the Sacramento area.
Presently, SCLC serves limited English proficient people from communities that speak these languages: Hmong, Mien, Lao, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Russian, Ukrainian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Punjabi, Arabic, Farsi, Dari, and Pashto.
SCLC has expanded its vision to provide an array of services through the partnership with other nonprofit organizations in the area. However, our innate focus remains to offer the interpretation services to help immigrants and refuges overcome the language barrier. While the people we serve have diverse cultures and speak different languages, the commonality is that they are or were, at one time refugees and/or immigrants.
Recognizing that the ability to address their needs adequately and to access resources are essential to a successful transition and adjustment to life in America, SCLC has been instrumental in helping them overcome the language barrier through our culturally and linguistically responsive services. The services have been in the form of health navigators, advocates, cultural brokers, paraprofessional social workers, and primarily as professional interpreters or Cultural & Linguistic Specialists.
While our interpretation service is available to any provider on a fee for service basis, SCLC provides free interpretation services to clients and providers who are contractors with Sacramento County’s Division of Behavioral Health Services (Mental Health Services and Alcohol & Drug Treatment Services) .