About Us

Mission

The Community Services Center is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1987 to offer support services to the international and third culture communities in Taiwan. Our services and programs include:

  • English language Counseling, including Crisis Response
  • Newcomer Orientation Programs
  • Cross-Cultural Training for the Workplace
  • English Language Publications: Centered on Taipei; Taipei Escapes 1 and 2, Taiwan 101, Taiwan A to Z and more
  • Information and Referral Services
  • Programs and Education, including ‘Survival Chinese’
  • The majority of the Center’s services are offered in English. We welcome all members of the international and third culture communities regardless of race, nationality or religion.

If you are new to Taiwan or are contemplating moving to Taiwan, please contact our office manager for information about living in Taipei and/or to be added to our electronic newsletter distribution list.
The Community Services Center is open for drop-in visits or telephone inquiries Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Come in and see us or call us at 02-2836-8134.

The Community Services Center receives no government funding.  The Center does not charge membership fees or dues.

History

In 1985 there was a tragedy in Taipei’s international community. At the time there were no services or programs to help people cope with the incident. This situation prompted community leadership to look for a solution. They found an organization called the Community Services Association in Cairo (Egypt). The directors of that organization worked with members of business, diplomatic, and school communities here in Taipei to help form the Community Services Center (also known as the Center).

At that time the organization was formed as a subsidiary of the Taipei Adventist Hospital. In 1995, the Community Services Center was formally registered as a nonprofit foundation with the Taipei City Department of Education.

Today the Center has 13 psychologists on staff who handle counseling and crisis intervention. In 2021 the Center conducted over 6000 counseling sessions.

Initially the Community Services Center was created to provide psychological counseling and crisis intervention. Over the years, the Center’s programs have expanded to include newcomer orientations, cross-cultural training, English publications and information, classes and tours, and coffee mornings. As of 2021, the Center conducts more than 90 classes and tours each year, publishes a monthly magazine (Centered on Taipei), hosts an annual Auction Gala and has published nine books.