Meet The Youngest Resident of Our Chicago's Women's Shelter:
On June 20th, we welcomed little Saheera Lee Mills, into the world. She is the youngest resident at ICNA Relief Women's Shelter in Chicago. Born at 1:57 p.m., she weighed 6.6 pounds. While most newborns go home to a real home, Saheera came home from the hospital to a Women’s Shelter with her parents and six-year-old sister. It costs $3000 on average, per month to cover rent, utilities, job training, case management and counseling, to support a family until they are back on their feet. Donate to www.icnarelief.org and support 13 ICNA Relief Women’s shelters across the US, including Chicago. We are also counting on your duas that beautiful Saheera, and families like hers, are independent soon. Ameen.
Muslim Family Services in Detroit's Sponsor-A-Ramadan Provides Food Boxes for 22 Low-Income Families
By Maimuna Habeebullah
On June 11th 2015, we launched our annual Sponsor-A-Ramadan Project in Detroit to help feed deserving low-income families this Ramadan. This project is for the benefit of hand-picked families who are in great need of food, specifically. Most of our families this year had over 5 members. Since our launch, we have had an amazing outpour of support from families all over South-Eastern Michigan who selflessly joined our cause in sponsoring 22 families for the entire month of Ramadan.
Volunteers came out on Saturday, June 13th to help package the food that our sponsors provided. The event was held inside of the MFS food pantry. Volunteers filled boxes according to the food list provided and the amount of members per family. Dry food supplies like dates, rice, beans, oils, teas, canned veggies, pastas, various spices and much more went into each family's box.
The following Monday, June 15th, was our target day to make sure that all boxes were delivered to each client family. That day, perishable foods such as milk, chicken, steak, beef stew and juices were added to each family's boxes. Clients were supplemented with funds to purchase additional perishables such as garlic, onions, fresh fruits and vegetables. After we finished assembing the food boxes, volunteers were given specific client addresses in order to deliver their specialized food boxes.
Naturally, the recipents of these Ramadan food boxes were all very grateful to have their nourishment needs met for this month. A simple act of providing food for a family can have a profound effect on the quality of their Ramadan. With one less concern, these families can focus on increasing their ibaadah (good works). Many of these families will now be able to invite their neighbors to iftar (break fast) in their homes in full gratitude that Allah (SWT) has not only provided for their family, but their neighbor's as well.
May Allah (SWT) reward all of the wonderful Muslims who sponsored a family this Ramadan! May you recieve blessings for each morsel of food swallowed by these families. In the midst of all of the ills taking place in the world today, it is refreshing to see that humanity has not been lost.Add a comment
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