We Are Proud To Announce Our 2019 Partner

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Gum Moon Women’s Residence


Gum Moon Women’s Residence and the Asian Women’s Resource Center


Gum Moon was founded as the Oriental Home and School in 1868.  The original mission was to rescue Chinese girls sold into slavery and prostitution and provide them with housing and education.  By the late 1800’s, the rescue mission waned; but a new mission emerged. The Oriental Home and School became an orphanage for Chinese girls and babies abandoned by poor families who could not keep them.   Not long afterward, the Oriental Home also evolved into a Kindergarten for Chinese children barred from San Francisco public schools as a result of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. Through it all, the Oriental Home continued to provide affordable housing for women, remaining faithful to its original mission—even when its name had changed.  In the 1940’s, the Oriental Home became Gum Moon—“Golden Door” in Cantonese. The name implied opportunity for all who entered. Inspired by this, the Board of Directors decided that it was time for the agency to expand and serve the broader Asian community in San Francisco.

Transitional Housing

Gum Moon provides safe, affordable housing from 18 to 24 months for Asian immigrant women who are survivors of domestic violence and trafficking.  Gum Moon is a home away from home for these women. A multilingual staff provides supportive services and counseling for clients in need. The staff encourages interaction and activities among the residents, creating a warm family environment for a place that is “home” to these women.  We hope to foster increased self-confidence and self-esteem for our clients by providing bilingual support groups and case management services. We also provide our clients with informational and referral services for language classes and employment training.

Asian Women’s Resource Center

This outreach component of Gum Moon began with 3 vocational training programs.  Today, nearly 35 years later, it has a myriad of educational programs and social services. Some of the programs of the AWRC include the following:

  • Parent-Child Development Classes promoting early literacy and school readiness strategies for children 0 to 5 years old.

  • Parent Support Groups to strengthen parent child relationships.

  • Parenting Education Workshops to empower immigrant parents with skills and knowledge necessary to bring up healthy children.

  • Summer School: providing academic tutorial and socialization for low to moderate income children from 1st to 6th grade.

  • Weekend Piano and Children’s Art classes.   

  • Information and Referral services for families

The most recent addition is the Asian Family Support Project, which provides comprehensive family support services to Asian immigrant families with children ages 0-5 in San Francisco’s Richmond and Sunset/OMI districts.  

In 2018, our agency serve a total of 3,500 clients.