Donaldina Cameron House
920 Sacaramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Donaldina Cameron House is a faith-based organization that has provided support to Asian women and their families for 124 years. Started by the Presbyterian Church as the Occidental Mission 官方正版幸运彩票 for Girls in 1874, it's initial purpose was to intervene on behalf of young, Asian, immigrant females (some younger than the age of ten) who had become vulnerable and disenfranchised upon arrival into the United States. These women and girls were smuggled into the United States thereby circumventing immigration laws that excluded them. Asian women were commodities that were bought and sold (by their own families in many cases) as property in a system that became known as the "yellow slave trade". Bogus 'contracts' were created to enforce this system of slavery in which Asian women became domestics or prostitutes. The contractual conditions specified insurmountable recourse for women to purchase their own freedom. The number of Asian immigrant women who died in enslaved conditions in San Francisco was in the thousands. Miss Donaldina Cameron came to the Occidental Mission 官方正版幸运彩票 as a sewing teacher; she stayed forty years devoting her life as a missionary creating a foundation and tradition of competency assisting Asian women who were victimized by violence and racial discrimination. Throughout the century, the mission of "....serving urban youth, adults and families through leadership, development peer group counseling, group support, crises intervention, education and advocacy" has continued without interruption.
The scope of Cameron House services has evolved over the years resulting in an agency that is a comprehensive family service organization serving low income, Asian immigrants and families residing primarily in the Chinatown area of San Francisco.
Along the Joice Street side of the Cameron House, you will the the alphabet from A to Z on the sidewalk.