SFVJACC, Nikkei Senior Gardens Formalize Relationship

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San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center (left) and Nikkei Senior Gardens.

San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center (left) and Nikkei Senior Gardens.

ARLETA – The San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center (SFVJACC) and Nikkei Senior Gardens (NSG) announced the signing of a document in July, specifying the terms of an agreement between the two organizations.

This agreement is based on the history of the establishment of NSG.

In 1999, SFVJACC board members Harold Muraoka and Harry Nakada saw a need in the community to create an assisted living facility. They hoped the facility could also serve as a source of support for the SFVJACC. With this in mind, all agreed the SFVJACC would be considered a partner in the project, which was eventually called Nikkei Senior Gardens.

The SFVJACC permitted its membership to be solicited for loans and donations, provided other financial assistance, and ultimately collateralized the SFVJACC’s facilities so that NSG would qualify for a loan needed to meet HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) requirements.

Today, NSG is a reality and a success due to Muraoka and Nakada, but also in large part to the foresight, leadership and generosity of the SFVJACC and its membership.

The boards of the SFVJACC and NSG look forward to continuing to work together for the mutual benefit of both non-profit organizations.

The mission of the SFVJACC is to preserve the Japanese culture, and above all, to promote the Japanese American experience with education, events, and activities for the community. For more information, call (818) 899-1989 or go online to www.sfvjacc.com.

NSG’s mission is to create and sustain an assisted living community where elders are ensured the enduring right to dignity and respect in a caring environment. For more information, call (818) 899-1000 or visit the website at nikkeiseniorgardens.com.

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