May 18, 2015
UPLIFT Charity held it's 3rd annual gala marking its ninth year of operations. The event was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Garden Grove and was attended by more than 350 supporters. Renowned scholars, Imams, community leaders and a special guest (UPLIFT's Client), sister Jill, spoke at the event. Shaikh Suhail Mulla got the event started by sharing a story about a miracle which happened to a man who gave sadaqa to an elderly woman who was in great need of help. Shaikh Mohammed Faqih then emphasized the importance of consistency in giving and gave an example of one of the companions of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Each time that he asked people to support the growing Muslim community's needs, Usman (RA) responded to the call by giving, over and over again. Shaikh Mustafa Umar, founder of the College of Islamic Studies and UPLIFT board member, then focused on the importance of giving in Islam.
Owaiz Dadabhoy, President of UPLIFT Charity, briefed the attendees on the achievements of UPLIFT, not only in the past 12 months, but since its inception. He detailed the types of families that were seeking assistance and mentioned that 25 Syrian asylum seekers were currently being assisted by UPLIFT. He also mentioned that 25 refugee families from Iraq, Egypt, Kenya, Somalia, Burma, Syria, Algeria, Tunisia, and Iran were also currently being assisted. He announced UPLIFT Charity's expansion to the Long Beach/Los Angeles areas due to a greater and growing need.
UPLIFT client, Jill, attended the gala with her two young twin daughters and her young son. She shared her heart-wrenching story with the participants and explained how she came in contact with UPLIFT after reverting to Islam and how the UPLIFT team assisted her in the most difficult and stressful phase of her life. She told the audience that she had tried over 30 other charities and was rejected each time before reaching out to UPLIFT on the advice of a local community leader. After receiving support from UPLIFT with finding a proper accommodation, Jill is now self-sufficient and is on her way to establishing her own small business. Jill's story was shared with the guests to give them first hand information and insight about how UPLIFT Charity handles cases and helps to change the trajectory of the lives of the families that it assists.
A special feature of the event this year was the silent auction which contained a variety of gift items and a number of beautiful Islamic art items that were auctioned on the stage. Participants of the event enjoyed great food, words of wisdom from great speakers and donated to the cause with open hearts. UPLIFT Charity is the people's local Zakat administrator, established by the community and for the community. The fundraising goal was nearly achieved and only $25,000 remains to be raised.
For the past several years I have followed the work of UPLIFT Charity and the services it has provided in the greater OC area. When Dr. Ahmed came on board my relationship with UPLIFT became cemented. My name is Sammy Ahmed and I've been the Office Manager at Masjid Al-Ansar in Anaheim for the last three years. Those familiar with our community know that we sit in the heart of Anaheim with one of the largest Arab populations in the country. Many of whom are new refugees coming from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. Read More>>>
"She hugged us, said goodbye, and wished us a great new start."
- Gladys Landry (UPLIFT Client)
My 13-year-old son and I became homeless after our new business went down and lost our family home. Without knowing how I was going to get off the street back into the comfort of a home, I was referred to UPLIFT Charity by a wonderful lady that I met at the library. She gave me the contact number and said: "UPLIFT will help you just like they have helped me." After contacting the UPLIFT number, a Case Manager, Ms. Sahar Ali, conducted an interview to understand our situation and to determine whether we qualified for assistance from UPLIFT Charity. They helped my son and I get on the greyhound bus to go home to be close to my family where I was offered a new job. This was a chance to regain what was lost. Knowing that I did not even have enough money to take a ride to the greyhound station, Ms. Ali offered to pick us up and took us to the greyhound station. She hugged us, said goodbye and wished us a great new start.
My son and I are so grateful to UPLIFT Charity for all the help and kindness that they have offered us in the time of great need. They gave me a ray of hope and helped me take the first step towards a new and better life.
How UPLIFT Helps:
UPLIFT Charity leverages its established network and professional case managers to deliver immediate help to the less fortunate segments of our community. UPLIFT is a life line for many people including; refugees, homeless, low-income and people who are unemployed. Learn more