|Japanese YWCA Building / Nihonmachi Little Friends
1830 Sutter Street
The San Francisco YWCA attempted to sell the property in 1996, but academic researchers and community activists were able to piece together documents of the original trust agreement. The SF YWCA refused to recognize or honor the trust and a lawsuit followed. The Soko Bukai (an organization of Japanese Christian Churches whose members formed the original Japanese YWCA) and activists within the Japanese American community fought for the enforcement of the trust and to secure the property for the Japanese American community. The Soko Bukai settled the lawsuit against the YWCA in 2002, which enabled Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) to purchase the property.
Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) is a private, nonprofit, childcare organization with a mission to provide Japanese/English bilingual, multicultural, and educational childcare for preschoolers through elementary school-age children. NLF was founded in 1975 by a group of parents, educators, and community activists who were committed to providing high-quality, affordable childcare services that foster children’s self-esteem, cooperation and confidence. NLF operates programs at four separate locations; three of the programs are within Japantown.