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October 13, 2000 Issue
Local News

CSS adds new case manager

Youa Xiong will assist Southeast Asian families in Oshkosh

By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor

Youa Xiong, new casemanager in Refugee Family Strengthening for Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Green Bay, enjoys helping people help themselves.

In her new position, she will serve the Southeast Asian communities in Oshkosh and Fond du Lac through home visits and community education programs. Xiong will assist clients in understanding the legal system and in using available resources to cope with challenges and problems they may face.

Domestic abuse continues to be the most serious problem affecting Southeast Asian families living in northeast Wisconsin, said Xiong.

"Domestic abuse issues continue, but there are some changes," she said. "Divorce is increasing as more women become outspoken and independent. I hope to educate the community on how professionals handle domestic abuse situations. There is a fear that they take sides. They don't understand that people are trying to help."

Before joining Catholic Social Services, Xiong, a graduate of UW-Stevens Point, with a degree in sociology and a masters in vocational rehab counseling from UW-Stout, worked as a mental health aide at Valley Packaging.

"I helped the Hmong employees," she said. "This position also gives me the chance to help people. I enjoy working with people.

"We are please to have Youa join our staff," said Karen Johnston, diocesan director of Catholic Social Services. "She brings many years of dedication to the work we do in the Southeast Asian community with Family Strengthening. Her presence in the Oshkosh office is particularly important since we have a significant population of women who seek our services in that area."

When Xiong is not assisting families, she is spending time with her own in Appleton.

"My family is very important to me," she said. "I really enjoy picnics and love taking my nieces and nephews to the park in my spare time."

For assistance or more information on services provided, contact Youa Xiong at (920)235-6002.

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