Bay Area Gum Moon Residence Hall and Asian Women's Resource Centers making a difference since 1868

May 12, 2022 | by Selby Ewing

Bay Area Gum Moon Residence Hall and Asian Women's Resource Centers making a difference since 1868

The California-Nevada Conference is home to The Gum Moon Residence Hall, one of two missions institutions supported by  The United Women in Faith (UWF). 

The Gum Moon Residence Hall and the Asian Women's Resource Centers (AWRC) provides safe housing for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, and resources to build life skills for these women and families.  The Gum Moon Residence is located in the Chinatown district of San Francisco, with additional campuses in the Richmond district and in the Sunset district of San Francisco.  

The Gum Moon Residence Hall & the Asian Women’s Resource Center were established in 1868 to help welcome women and children immigrating to the US from Asia get settled and develop skills to adapt to living in the US. Gum Moon and AWRC locations now serve women and children of many cultures and ethnicities and in addition to housing, offer information and referral services to local support agencies, regularly scheduled playgroups for infants and toddlers as well as parent and child interactive sessions. They host an after-school tutoring program for K-6th grade and parent education workshops and support groups through The Learning Place. They developed cultural, social and recreational programs as a part of the AWRC to keep alive the knowledge of Asian cultural heritage and to develop artistic abilities.

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UWF supports mission in the US and across the globe with dollars given by countless women for over 150 years. In the US, much of the mission work is centered around the 90 community centers, schools and residences whose services adapt to stay responsive to the needs of changing neighborhoods across the county. Click here to learn more about the UMF National Mission Institutions and to access an interactive map of the 90 locations.


Selby Ewing is Director of Communications at the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church.