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RAHAMA Continues Its Journey, to Find a Building For Our Safe Haven!

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Impact: Buffalo, NY

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This campaign will collect all funds raised by February 23, 2016 at 5:00 AM EDT

Establishing transitional housing for victims of domestic violence catering to the needs of Muslim women and children.


Please scroll on Sr. Aasiya's picture to see the video on what RAHAMA is working on.

    UPDATE: THE RAHAMA TEAM WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR HELPING US RAISE THE FIRST SET OF FUNDS. WE THOUGHT WE HAD FOUND A SPACE BUT ANOTHER OFFER WAS ACCEPTED DUE TO THE OTHER PARTY BEING ABLE TO PAY THE FUNDS IN CASH IN TWO WEEKS TIME. THIS HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR US TO HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE A LOCATION WHEN WE FIND THE RIGHT SPACE. MAY ALLAH REWARD YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   


   "We should not have to lose another one of our sisters to domestic violence."

 Our goal is to establish transitional housing for victims of domestic violence catering to the needs of Muslim women and children.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aMLkgf0_W4&feature=youtu.be

Listen to Imam Zaid Shakir's support for victims of domestic violence as well as his encouragement of  "this noble initiate." "This is a project that is long overdue."

For more information from Imam Zaid Shakir, please visit    http://newislamicdirections.com/

A Safe Space for Muslim Women

We are a group of women from Buffalo, New York volunteering for RAHAMA (Resources and Help Against Marital Abuse), a not for profit organization established to give council and assistance to women and children in need while educating the larger Buffalo community on the reality of Domestic Violence. One of our immediate goals is to provide transitional housing for women and their children as a comfortable, safe haven to rest. We will provide halal meals, a place to pray, and access to local imams. We currently offer culturally competent counseling for women and spiritual support by a group of dedicated social workers and volunteers. We hope RAHAMA Housing will be a light for our sisters in their darkest times and we hope the wider community will help us to start this endeavor through prayers and donations.


Domestic Violence A Tragic Reality in EVERY Community

Unfortunately domestic violence is a reality that plagues women every day. 

"One in four women will experience family violence in her lifetime.  Domestic violence affects women of all cultures, religions and ethnic backgrounds.  Preliminary research suggests that 15% of Muslims experience or have experienced physical violence.  Nobody deserves to be beaten, raped, controlled, insulted or isolated.

Islam holds its followers responsible for speaking out against injustice and doing whatever is possible to end all forms of oppression. (5:8,42:42-43).  The Qur'an reminds victims of oppression that if they are powerless to end the oppression, God's earth is spacious enough for them to find a place free of oppression. (4:97)

Please help us in this effort to create a comfortable space for our sisters in need.


Buffalo News 2009 Founders Award presented by Family Justice Center


Relief: Holistic Transitional Housing

The members of RAHAMA will, Inshallah (God Willing) have found a transitional housing shelter for 6 to 8 women and their children. The shelter will be located near a bus line so that women will have easy access to transportation. 

This transitional housing will be a safe place where women are provided

  •  safety planning
  • counseling
  •  education 
  • referrals to the local resources that are necessary in their journey to healing. 

While no woman will be turned away we will cater to the unique needs of Muslim women which differentiates us from the other area shelters in Buffalo. We will be the only faith based shelter that offers  support for domestic violence within an Islamic environment. We also seek to dispel the myths about domestic violence in Islam with the women we serve and in the larger community.

About RAHAMA

RAHAMA is an organization founded on Islamic principles dedicated to supporting women and children. We provide educational resources, emotional, material and educational support.

RAHAMA has been caring for victims, spreading awareness within our communities, collaborating with local agencies and representing the light of Islam. Established in 2006.

Our work has led us to the realization that we need a transitional housing shelter for women. The need is great and therefore the funds that are collected from this campaign will go to establishing a transitional shelter that can provide a safe haven for women. "We should not have to lose another one of our sisters to domestic violence."

Donate and Become a RAHAMA Advocate

Please donate generously to help us purchase and establish our transitional housing shelter.  Spread the word because every little bit helps!


RAHAMA Tote Bag: "Resources and Help Against Marital Abuse. Strength. Courage. Faith. Hope."

LEVELS OF GIVING:

Believer                                   $10 to $49


Supporter                                $50 to $74 - Purple Ribbon Pin


Advocate                                 $75 to $99 - Purple Ribbon Pin


Champion                                $100 to $299 - RAHAMA Tote Bag


Cornerstone Contributor        $300 to $999 - RAHAMA Tote Bag & Ribbon


  Silver Contributor                   $1000 to $1999 - RAHAMA Mug                


Gold Contributor                      $2000 - RAHAMA Tote Bag & RAHAMA Mug


Platinum Contributor               $5000 - RAHAMA Tote Bag & RAHAMA Mug





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Rahama Inc6 years ago

UPDATE: We Purchased the building for our transitional shelter - hope to open April 2018

RAHAMA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE PURCHASE OF A BUILDING FOR OUR TRANSITIONAL HOUSING!

Dear Friends and Family,

We are happy to announce that RAHAMA is now the proud owner of a building that will soon be the location of our confidential transitional housing for women and children impacted by family violence. We hope to have the facility up and running by April 2018.   As the end of the year approaches, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for all of the community’s support.  With your help, we have accomplished much in 2017. We have developed our strategic plan, received a Catholic Health Grant which allowed us to hire a case manager, increased our board membership and developed our volunteer base.

With the purchase of our building we will be able to provide a safe place for women and children who need a place to stay. On average, about 45% of our clients are in need of safe housing and now we will be in a position to provide for this need.  In addition to a safe housing program, RAHAMA continues to offer:

       Safety Planning

       Individual and group counseling

       Case management – we have hired a case manager

       Collaboration with area agencies

       Basic needs and rental assistance

       Community education and outreach

As we move ahead to open our transitional housing shelter for women and children in need, your continued support is needed now more than ever during this time of transition.  Please do not miss this opportunity to continue to make a difference in the lives of the families of OUR community. We look forward to the New Year and hope and pray it will be a great year for you and your loved ones.

Sincerely,

April Arman

RAHAMA Board President

Please consider making your year-end tax deductible donation payable to:

RAHAMA - RAHAMA is a 501(c)(3) public charity supporting the development and overall well-being of the community in Western New York.  Your contributions to support RAHAMA are tax deductible and are Zakat-eligible. Federal Tax ID # 47-4133765.  No goods or services were received in consideration of this gift.


Rahama Inc7 years ago

A Safe Space for Women - We are almost there!

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,


We wanted to let you know that we have found a building and we are currently seeking your support to make RAHAMA's transitional shelter a reality. We need raise 60K in order to purchase our building (we have raised 38% of our goal). This transitional housing shelter will house 20 women and children. We want to thank you for you past support. If you have not supported this current campaign we humbly ask you to do so. Please reach out to family and friends to help support this noble cause.

https://www.launchgood.com/projects/my_projects#/


As always, 

Jazak Allahu Khairan!



Rahama Inc8 years ago

RAHAMA Thanks You...

Salamualaykum wa Rahmatullah

Dear Friends and Family of RAHAMA,

We would like to thank each and every one of our supporters who have assisted us along our journey. Because of you, we are able to continue the work we do.

A special thank you to those who contributed to our Zakah Fund. Your zakah will go directly to those sisters and mothers who need it most. 

From our team to yours, wishing you and your loved ones a Joyous Eid.  May the blessings of Allah, most high, fill your lives with happiness and open all the doors of prosperity and success now and always.  - Ameen

With Ramadan having come to an end, please do continue to keep RAHAMA in your thoughts and prayers as we are actively working towards our vision. 

Your generosity and support is forever appreciated!

                    EID MUBARAK!!!

          JAZAKALLAHU KHAIRUN




Rahama Inc8 years ago

RAHAMA Continues its Journey

Assalmu Alaikum to all our Supporters,

As our project comes to a close we would like to thank all of you who supported us financially and through your prayers. We are continuing our search for a building which will house the women and children we serve. We will continue to update you periodically on our progress. May Allah reward you and your families for sharing this journey with us and for your generosity. You may reach us at our website at www.rahama.org

Warm Regards,

The RAHAMA Team



Rahama Inc8 years ago

Continuing Our Journey

Dear Supporters and Donors,

Thank you for traveling on this journey with us as we seek to purchase a physical location for our shelter. The RAHAMA team wanted to update you because we had made an offer on a building that we thought would be perfect for the women we serve. The price was right and so was the location. We found out that another party had also made an offer in addition to ours. We were looking to raise $60k in 60 days so that we could pay cash at the closing. We found out however that the other party offered to pay the amount in cash up front in two weeks. The other party’s offer was accepted over ours.

This highlights the need for RAHAMA to have the necessary funds to be able to purchase a building when we find the right location. While we are disappointed, we know that we can only try our best and then everything happens according to the will and permission of God. He must have something better in store for us! Please keep us in your prayers as we actively continue to look for another location.

Warm Regards,

RAHAMA Team

Rahama Inc8 years ago

Continuing Our Journey - We Found a Building!

Dear Supporters,

Almost a month ago we welcomed in the New Year and we would like to wish all the best for you and your loved ones. In the meantime we have been busy looking for a site for our shelter. We have found a wonderful building that has nine bedrooms that will be renovated  to house approximately 6 women and their children in one or two bedroom apartments. The building is 6,000 square feet, has a new roof and is structurally sound and the best part is that the price of the building is $60,000.

We are reaching out to you for your continued support to help us to purchase this building and make our transitional housing shelter an reality for the women we serve.

Thank you for your prayers and support - we know with your help we can make this happen!

Warm Regards,

The RAHAMA Team


Rahama Inc9 years ago

Almost There!!!

We are in the final hours of our LaunchGood campaign which ends tomorrow night. The RAHAMA Team would like send out a big Thank You for all of your support. We couldn't have done this without each and everyone of you!!!!

Jazak Allahu Khairan

Rahama Inc9 years ago

Imam Zaid Shakir supports our initiative

Dear Supporters,

Again, thank you for your support and contributions. We have $9060 left to raise and I know we can do it! Please reach out to family and friends, especially during the holiday when many of you will be coming together. The RAHAMA team wanted to share Imam Zaid Shakir's video supporting our initiative. Please keep us in your prayers!

https://youtu.be/7aMLkgf0_W4




Wasalam and Warm Regards,


The RAHAMA Team




Rahama Inc9 years ago

Special Thanks to All Who Have Donated

Dear Supporters,

A special thank from our RAHAMA team to all of you who have supported us. It is heartwarming to have donors from as far a Singapore! Alhumdullilah we have reached 25% of our goal. Please help us to keep up the momentum! No donation is too small. JazakAllahu Khairan 

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