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On April 14, Muslim Family Services (MFS), a division of ICNA Relief USA, hosted a Spring BBQ at the Lapeer Park in Dearborn. Refugee families and other community members were welcomed to come and build strong community relationships.
The BBQ began at 4pm and about 100 refugees had attended. The men had occupied themselves with the BBQ, while the women sat together to share stories and the children played soccer on the field. The event was free of cost and intended as a gift for the community. With the in-kind donations from our donors, we were able to host a raffle for the families to win different prizes such as kitchen appliances and beddings.This brought much excitement to the families!
A huge thanks to the volunteers who took time from their Friday to make this event a success.
Br Hatem & volunteers prepping the BBQ. Children playing soccer in the field.
Ladies sitting and enjoying the BBQ with the families. Sr Summi handing out prizes to the winners of the raffle.
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Regardless of how old you are, you can always make a difference. The children of Al-Ikhlas Academy had proven just that. For two weeks in the month of March 2017, the students of the elementary and secondary grade levels had participated in Muslim Family Services’ (MFS) ‘Pennies for Pizza’ campaign. The students had raised almost $1400 to help MFS make a difference in people’s lives. The money raised will be used to fund our programs such as the Sakinah House, Refugee Resettlement Program, Hunger Prevention (food pantries, pantry on wheels, etc.), Adult Education and Independency Program, and many others.
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On March 5, 2017, Muslim Family Services (MFS), a division of ICNA Relief USA Programs, hosted its 10th Annual Fundraising Banquet at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI. The event began at 4:45 pm and over 350 guests had attended to celebrate the organization’s previous year’s accomplishments.
The keynote speaker was Dr Jawad Shah, a neurosurgeon and the Co-Director of the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics, and the fundraiser was Sheikh Abdullah Waheed, the Islamic Director of Flint Islamic Center. The emcee for the evening was Br Naveed Khan.
Abdul Rauf Khan Dr Jawad Shah Sheikh Abdullah Waheed
The event began with a beautiful Qur’an recitation by Br Hanzala Hafiz, followed by Sheikh Ali Suleiman Ali, the Director of MFS, welcoming the guests. Afterwards there was a short video that highlighted the programs of MFS and expressing gratitude for our donors who lent a helping hand to help those in need.
Then, Br Khalid Iqbal, the Administrative Director of MFS, led a powerpoint presentation, showing guests what the organization had accomplished in the 2016. It touched on the work achieved by the hunger prevention program that contained three food pantries, Pantry on Wheels, and the hot meal distribution, as well as the distribution of backpacks in schools and religious organizations. Additionally, guests learned about the financial support MFS provided to our clients who requested assistance from different programs such as with rent, utilities bill, janaza (funeral) services for our Muslim brothers and sisters, and others. Br Khalid also talked about the progress of the counseling program, workshops, foster parenting program, refugee resettlement program, and the Sakinah House - women’s transitional home. The guests were informed about the seasonal programs MFS held in the past year such as the Sponsor a Family Ramadan Project, Back 2 School Giveaway, Fun Day, Health Fair, and the zakat distribution during Ramadan.
The evening was about showing appreciation to those who has helped MFS and the community tremendously. Six individuals and community groups were recognized for their hard work and the services they provided the community.
Muslim Family Services raised over $110,000 in one night. This amount will be distributed to assist the people come to MFS with the programs and initiatives mentioned above. By the grace of the Almighty. Dr Jawad Shah and Sheikh Abdullah Waheed were huge contributors to the success of this fundraiser. Their sincere appreciation for the initiatives that MFS facilities allowed them to develop a keen understanding of the organization’s goals. Their charisma and eloquence encouraged guests to show their support and contribute as much they could. A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this event a success!
The event was a joyous occasion for all who attended! Guests dined on delicious cuisine as they enjoyed the success of MFS’ programs. MFS understands that the organization simply cannot continue to service those in need without your help. They are forever grateful to all of their supporter broth near and far. Without you and your contributions, the programs would be incomplete. In addition, MFS would like to extend a special thanks to Dr Jawad Shah, Sheikh Abdullah Waheed, and Br Naveed Khan for helping inform the masses about their works. May God reward you all immensely in this world and the next.
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On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Muslim Family Services, a division of ICNA Relief USA Programs, had the opportunity to provide hot meals to the Landmark Community Church in Hazel Park, MI. MFS Staff and Board Members had taken food boxes containing rice, chicken, and salad, and pizza for the attendees. Alhamdulillah, Praise Be To God, we were able to provide meals for 40 people. A huge thanks to the Landmark Community Church for giving us the opportunity.