We’re excited to partner with Collin County for their Collin Cares: Economic Recovery and Assistance Program. The program provides financial assistance for housing, utilities, and groceries for any Collin County resident struggling during the Covid-19 crisis.
To apply, please visit: www.collincountytx.gov/
If you have any additional questions, call our office at 469.467.6241 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We mourn the death of George Floyd. We mourn Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean, Sandra Bland and too many more. These tragic deaths have exposed the wound of deep racial division, prejudice and privilege in America, which prevent too many people from being treated with dignity and respect.
As an organization that prides itself on being Muslim women for ALL women, and an organization that seeks to champion peace, in the home, in the community, and in the world: any act of violence is a threat to peaceful homes, communities and souls. Our vision is that the current violence and injustice can be replaced by acceleration of action and progress towards meaningful equity. As a community and as an agency, through both our words and deeds, we must stand against anything or anyone that tries to diminish our collective power, and sow fear in our hearts, including racism.
We are committed more than ever, to work with allies and partners across sectors, languages, ethnicities, and races to end the inequities that foster violence, which hurts all our communities so deeply. In this effort, we encourage all members of the community, especially our non-black sisters and brothers, to challenge the racism that exists within our communities at all levels: at home, in the workplace, religious spaces, and social circles. Below are some resources to get you started on the journey of anti-racism.
To our black sisters and brothers, we see you and hear you, and commit ourselves to doing better. We will continue to reach out to our diverse communities, and deepen our understanding of how to strengthen our work for justice and safety, together.
We’ve got our work cut out for us. The good news is, we are totally up to the challenge.
Let’s do this.
#StrongerTogether2020 – because BLACK LIVES MATTER
Mona Kafeel and the Board & Staff
Some Resources to Get You Started
Educate Yourself on Racism and Anti-Racism:
• Anti-Racism Resources (Google Doc)
• Centering Black Narrative: Black Muslim Nobles Among the Early Pious Muslims by Ahmad Mubarak and Dawud Walid (Book)
• Christianity, Islam and the Negro by Edward Wilmot (Book)
• Race Forward (Online Racial Equity Training)
• Resource List from MPowerChange
Talk to Your Kids about Racism:
• Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk about Race (Resource List)
• Talking with Children about Racism, Police Brutality and Protests (Article with Resources)
Some Ways to Get Engaged Politically:
Anguish and Action – Obama Foundation
Some Local Organizations and Efforts:
• Faith in Texas – Bailfund for North Texas Protestors
• Dallas Alliance against Racial and Political Oppression
• ACLU Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Aliah Henry
The Henry Group
Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation Announces Mona Kafeel as Interim Executive Director
PLANO, TX. – Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation (TMWF) announces it has named Mona Kafeel as its Interim Executive Director, effective April 1, 2020. Kafeel brings a wealth of organizational experience and community leadership to her next stage of strategic service. Having joined the TMWF in 2007, she most recently served as Chief Philanthropy and Operating Officer and was responsible for its operational management and long-term strategic goals.
In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Kafeel’s immediate concerns include the increase in domestic violence cases of those with limited financial resources and the vulnerable families whose income streams have been frozen. She steps forward during this crisis with creative problem-solving and leadership skills that are vital to the agency’s stability.
“I am humbled to lead an organization that has transformed the lives of families across Texas and beyond. It is an honor to be trusted with the responsibility of leading Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation into the next phase of scaling our impact,” Kafeel said.
Kafeel succeeds Hind Jarrah, Ph.D. During Dr. Jarrah’s tenure, TMWF realized expanded reach, created services and ensured accountability for their clients, who receive access to culturally sensitive, trauma-informed services despite any socio-political, cultural and linguistic barriers. Dr. Jarrah will remain involved with TMWF in an advisory capacity. TMWF is grateful for her leadership and service.
About Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation
Founded by Muslim women in 2005, the mission of Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Inc. is to empower, promote and support all women, while being an ambassador of the peaceful, caring Muslim community. TMWF provides culturally sensitive, trauma-informed and evidence-based domestic violence programming and relief services targeting Muslim women and children. TMWF supports all women who are victims of domestic violence by strengthening the individual, her family and the community, without discrimination.
Mona Kafeel is available for interviews or speaking opportunities. For additional information on TMWF please visit www.tmwf.org
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TMWF is raising funds to support survivors of domestic abuse. We need your support during this critical time for our families. Donate here.
Funds will impact our mission by:
– Providing emergency assistance to survivors laid off or with reduced income
– Purchasing medical and safety supplies for our shelters
– Supplementing other basic need emergency costs for our families
– Securing licenses and tech equipment for online work, school, counseling and case management
Donate here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/tmwf
If you’re on Facebook, you can also contribute to our Facebook fundraiser!
Thank you for being a #PeaceChampion
We hope you are staying safe and healthy during this time.
We are continuing to closely monitor information provided by local public health agencies and the CDC on the progression of the COVID‐19 outbreak in the United States. In keeping with these guidelines, and in recognition of the critical role of the services we provide to those experiencing domestic abuse, we are implementing changes to our operations.
TMWF is now limiting the number of personnel in the office in order to protect their health and those who we serve. To avoid any disruption of service, please email any questions/concerns to email@example.com or call 469-209-8735 during business hours. Please refer to our Facebook page for further updates.
Your TMWF Family
Our International Women’s Day Luncheon was a lovely success! We heard from the thoughtful and knowledgeable Dr. Ingrid Mattson in discussion with Imam Shpendim Nadzaku. We celebrated countless women in the community, including our incredible outgoing Executive Director, Dr. Hind Jarrah. Guests purchased roses for the special women in their lives. And we couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you!
Ever wondered what we mean when we say we provide “culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed” care?
We are beyond excited to announce the publishing of a new report, “From the Roots of Trauma to the Flowering of Trauma-Informed Care,” in collaboration with the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, under the leadership of Dr. Dheeshana S. Jayasundara.
This report defines trauma and trauma-informed practices, what it means to be culturally-sensitive, and why we at TMWF have found these practices to be so important. We are so grateful to everyone who has and continues to play a part in supporting our work in order to better heal our diverse and resilient community here in North Texas, and across the world!
Join TMWF for an interfaith, inter-generational, and cross-cultural celebration of International Women’s Day, featuring guest speaker Dr. Ingrid Mattson. More information and tickets available for purchase here.
Believing survivors is still an emerging topic in the mainstream and Muslim communities here in America. Read why it’s so important to listen to and support Muslim survivors in this article on Huffington Post.