Please join us at TMWF’s 7th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon on Wednesday May 9, 2018 at the DoubleTree by NorthPark. We will be celebrating and honoring all women role models that brighten our lives and improve our communities. TMWF has chosen three honorees from local DFW leaders whose work aligns with the mission of TMWF in its empowerment, promotion, and support of ALL women and their families for the ultimate goal of stronger communities.
Yulise Reaves Waters is a Dallas Assistant City Attorney and Community Courts Prosecutor. Her desire to strengthen communities led her to co-found the first felony community court in Dallas County, the Second Chance Community Improvement Program Court (SCCIP). The SCCIP community prosecutors work with law enforcement and community organizations to assist young criminal offenders through life and career counseling to help them rebuild their lives and become productive citizens. Ms. Reaves Waters’ dedication as a public servant has earned her various accolades and recognitions from the City of Dallas, her alma mater as a distinguished SMU alumna, the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 under 40” young professionals, and the Oak Cliff Community Development Corporation for helping to renew the Oak Cliff Dallas community.
Hala Halabi is ICNA Relief Dallas Refugee Services’ Director. She began as a volunteer in 2011 focusing on developing ICNA Dallas’s food pantry, refugee facilitation, and car donation programs. The success of these programs, established Ms. Halabi and ICNA Relief Dallas as a trusted partner in the local Arab communities. When Syrian refugee families arrived to the DFW area, Ms. Halabi was appointed as the Director of Refugee Facilitation. Her tireless efforts empowered the newcomers’ to successfully settle and integrate into their new community.
Aisha Waheed is the Chairman and Chief Operations Officer of Maruf, a non-profit refugee resettlement organization in the DFW area. In its 12 years of existence, Maruf has resettled 2000 families (7500 individuals) locally. Ms. Waheed is dedicated to help her Maruf clients heal after their traumatic experiences of war and displacement. MARUF has established a four-month program that provides financial support, housing, medical assistance, education, and employment. The program’s goal is to help clients heal by establishing a sense of stability, security, and independence through learning skills for their self-empowerment. Ms. Waheed leads a team of volunteers who share her passion and dedication to advocate for social justice by “putting their faith into action” and serving those in need.
April is the month during which we raise awareness of sexual assault. We invite you to educate yourselves with the facts. Sexual assault affects everyone – women, men and children. Click here to learn more about how you can use your voice to promote safety, respect and equality and stop the violence before it starts.
April also marks the annual celebration of Poetry. Beginning in 1996, the American Academy of Poets organized the event which has become the largest literary celebration in the world. On April 2, we featured Tarfia Faizullah, author of Seam and Registers of Illuminated Villages on our Peace in the Home show. Throughout the month, we’ll be featuring the work of other Muslim poets. To learn how you and your family can participate in the month click here.