ICNA Relief Stories
ICNA Relief MA's Partnership with Fair Foods Proves Fruitful After 8,000 Pound Produce Donation
ICNA Relief MA teamed up with Fair Foods, "a non-profit food rescue organization dedicated to providing surplus goods at low or no cost to those in need," and Relief Health to offer FREE fruits and vegetables to the Grove Hall community in Boston this past Sunday. We spent the day in the park next to the site of ICNA Relief's Amal Women's Center, where Fair Foods dropped off approximately 8,000 lbs of salvaged fruits and vegetables. Their usual $2 bags of produce were given away for free! ICNA Relief MA is planning for a weekly distribution inshaAllah to ensure those in need are provided with healthy foods.
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Chairman Dr. Mohsin Ansari Get A Tour of ICNA Relief S. California's Newest Projects
ICNA Relief Chairman Dr. Mohsin Ansari visited our Southern California chapter recently where he visited the site of a joint project that is being conducted with the city of Anaheim in order to aid low-income communities. ICNA Relief has donated a large storage container placed at a local park which attracts a large population of disadvantaged and homeless residents. The container will serve as a site where homeless men and women can store their belongings as well as pick up free hygiene products. In addition, the Southern California chapter is responsible for bi-weekly food distribution campaigns for the hungry.
Dr. Mohsin also visited ICNA Relief's newest project, the Crescent Clinic of Orange County. The clinic, which was established in April 2014 in partnership with the Memon Organization of North America (MONA), is committed to delivering high quality primary care to the uninsured population of Orange County. The clinic is completely supported by trained undergraduate and medical students from University of California Irvine (UCI), under the guidance of attending physicians. Dr. Mohsin met with the Medical Director of the clinic Dr. Tipu Khan along with medical students, undergraduates, and the patients who were receiving care at the clinic.
Executive Assistant Director Abdul Rauf Khan, who also accompanied Dr. Mohsin Ansari on the trip to Southern California, visited The New Star Family Justice Center of which ICNA Relief is the founding partner. The Justice Center provides the following services to domestic violence victims and their families: domestic violence Counseling, parenting support, referrals to shelter/housing, assistance with crime victims claims, social service assistance, help with writing resumes and searching for a job among other services. Br. Abdul Rauf met with Sr. Elena Meloni, Executive Director of the Center, and was given an extensive tour of the facilities. He and Dr. Mohsin Ansari also visited ICNA Relief's California Women's Shelter (Asiya's House) and saw firsthand the efforts of the staff and volunteers to help shelter residents.
Dr. Mohsin Ansari and Brother Abdul Rauf Khan learned a lot about the exciting projects of ICNA Relief's Southern California chapter, and look forward to starting similar projects in other ICNA Relief chapters across the country.
ICNA Relief Houston Provides Financial Assistance to Help Two Sisters Get Married
Alhumdulillah, ICNA Relief Houston had the opportunity to help two sisters get married last month after they requested assistance. One of the brides was a former resident of our Houston Women's Shelter. The other was a daughter of sister who receives groceries from ICNA Relief Houston's food pantry. We helped by providing all basic household items for bed, bath and kitchen along with the clothes for the groom and bride. Gifts were bought for the bride and groom like watches, shoes, handbags, make up, perfumes and colognes were also given. ICNA Relief Houston also helped finance the wedding reception dinner for both.