Vietnamese American Civic Association, Inc. aims to promote and support family self-sufficiency and well-being, and to facilitate community empowerment amongst the Vietnamese population of Boston and Greater Boston.
Founded in 1984 by Vietnamese refugees, the Vietnamese American Civic Association, Inc. aims to promote and support family self-sufficiency and well-being, and to facilitate community empowerment amongst the Vietnamese population of Boston and Greater Boston.
VACA was established through the efforts of five Vietnamese men and women, who were alarmed by the anti-Asian attacks on refugees living in Boston and believed it was essential to educate the larger community about the growing Vietnamese community in Boston, as well as to provide services to make resettlement an effortless process for newly arrived refugees from Vietnam.
Thuan Tran is a visionary entrepreneur and a bilingual English/Vietnamese speaking development specialist with extensive expertise in sustainable development.
She has comprehensive knowledge of social resources and immigration services and is committed to empowering Vietnamese individuals and families to achieve their goals.
Thuan is a result-driven social service specialist with proven skills in referral counseling and building trust and cooperation with clients and their families to achieve their support plans. She is also an effective partnership builder, able to collaborate with multiple stakeholders and interdisciplinary teams, including government, local institutions, and NGOs.
Thuan Tran, VACA’s executive director informs about program and support available at VACA for Vietnamese Immigrants.
We are proud to offer a wide range of services designed to meet the diverse needs of our clients. Whether you’re looking for expert guidance on sustainable development, social resources, or immigration services, our team has the expertise and experience to help.
We are proud of the many success stories that our clients have shared with us over the years. From helping families navigate the complexities of the immigration system to providing support and guidance for individuals seeking sustainable development solutions, our team has helped countless people achieve their goals and build better lives for themselves and their families.
A person with a disability secures health insurance
When Phung Mai and her husband came to the US in 2016, they were excited to start a new life. Phung Mai arrived in a wheelchair, worried about the cost of her particular healthcare needs. Being unfamiliar with the healthcare system here, and not knowing English, they came to VACA for assistance with Phung Mai’s health insurance application.
We worked closely with her and eventually she was able to secure a plan that met her needs.
“I am so grateful for VACA for making the Masshealth application go smoothly.”
An Immigrant with Special needs obtaining her US Citizenship
Thuy Dang was born in 1968 with multiple disabilities, including vision and speech impairments, which affected her ability to learn in school. Due to her visual impairment, she was not able to read or write on herown. Thanks to a nice classmate who wrote for her, she completed 5th grade. Unfortunately he left after that year, which made continuing school impossible.
Thuy Dang came to the US with her children through the post-war Humanitarian Operation program in 2010. She knew she wanted to apply for US citizenship but did not know how because of her disability and limited English proficiency. A neighbor advised her to contact us.
Thuy soon began treating us like family. VACA supported her with the citizenship application, getting a fee waiver and coaching her to pass the citizenship interview. In June 2016, she received her citizenship certificate!
During the oath ceremony, she said, “I am very grateful that I have obtained US citizenship and I could not have achieved this on my own without help from VACA.”
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