Noor Family Services' Annual Teatime for a Cause: An Authentic Experience in African and Arabic Edible Delights attracted more than 120 women to the sold-out event at The Cedar Café in Alpharetta, GA.
Since its inception, Noor Family Services has provided services to over 300 victims and survivors of domestic violence. Services provided include legal services, rental assistance, food, transportation, hygiene items, and other items. Also, the non-profit organization has a licensed counselor that provides therapy services to victims and survivors.
Noor Family Services continues to grow and expand its services to victims. Just last month, we received over 100 calls from victims and survivors needing assistance and we completed 16 new intakes for services.
Teatime for a Cause was sponsored by numerous businesses and individuals. Event coordinators Zareen Hasan and Masooma Rizvi opened the event with a thank you to sponsors including Shaista Naqvi, Sakina Bashey, Luna Ali Shamsi, Amina Shah (Homemade by Amina), Shaina Azam (The Shaadi Shop), Amna Munir (Neese Creations), Mouna Charmouti ( Dillard's North Point). Zarmina Anwer (Pipe & Swirl), Shehla Khan (Opal Event Hall), Nadia Azam (Roswell Community Masjid), Ambreen Dossa & Ana Salvatore (Joseph and Friends Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa) Mumtaz Bashir (U&M Family Eyecare), AIMS Home Care Services(Shumyla Khan), DJ Zee Hassan, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Saima Kazmi (Realtor), Bhiwandiwalla (Icecreamwala) and The Cedar Café (Shariff Musa). Zareen Hasan introduced the Executive Director of Noor Family Services.
Chama Ibrahim, the executive director of Noor Family Services, shared information with attendees about the services provided to immigrant and refugee domestic violence victims and survivors. Chama mentioned that Noor Family Services started with a dream. While working as a legal advocate and at another local domestic violence organization, Chama had the opportunity to work with immigrant survivors who felt that their community needed to know the challenges faced by immigrant victims of domestic violence. Chama followed by introducing Fakiha Khan.
Fakiha Khan, former NFS board member and partner at Khan, Sanchez, and Mitchell LLC provides pro-bono legal services to victims and survivors served by NFS. Legal services provided by Fakiha and partners include protection orders, custody, mediation, child support, divorce, alimony, modifications, and immigration. She shared a story of a survivor whose husband attempted to kill her. Fakiha was able to assist the survivor with a protection order and divorce. Fakiha mentioned some of the NFS partner organizations: Tapestri, Forsyth County Family Haven, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, New American Pathways, and Raksha. Fakiha introduced Ferdows.
Ferdows Yusuf, board member and fundraising coordinator at NFS encouraged the group of attendees to support Noor Family Services through volunteering, spreading the word about NFS, and donating. Ferdows also shared a personal experience with domestic violence that impacted her family. After hearing Ferdows’ personal experience and the appeal to support Noor Family Services, attendees were moved and there was not a dry eye at the event.
Attendees had an opportunity to partake in a variety of African and Arabic edible delights and delectable teas while volunteers facilitated a raffle for several donated items.
The event concluded with melodies from Dania Ibrahim and music at the event was provided by Zee Hassan.