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Harold Simmons Foundation Awards $150,000 to Texas Muslim Womens Foundation

DALLAS, Dec. 17, 2012 — Harold Simmons Foundation has granted $150,000 to Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation as an investment in its mission to empower, promote and support Muslim women and their families in North Texas. The three-year unrestricted grant is the largest that Harold Simmons Foundation has made to the growing social service organization, which it has supported since its inception in 2005.

Serena Simmons Connelly, executive vice president of the Harold Simmons Foundation, was instrumental in bringing the grant to fruition.  Said Connelly, “Without the leadership of an organization like Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, mainstream agencies have limited access to these women and their families.  Together, we can make our community stronger by ensuring people of all backgrounds and cultures are safe and have access to the resources they need.”

“This grant from Harold Simmons Foundation is such an important endorsement of Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation and the work we do with both American-born and immigrant Muslim women, whose lives are deeply intertwined with the well-being of the North Texas community,” said Hind Jarrah, executive director of the nonprofit organization.

Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation provides education, outreach, charitable and social services to the underserved population of Muslim women and their families in the greater Dallas area.

In December 2010, the Dallas Peace Center honored the Foundation as the 2010 Peacemaking Organization of the Year in honor of its groundbreaking domestic violence services, working with both mainstream shelters and Islamic organizations to address the specific needs of the underserved population of Muslim women and their children. The organization, founded on the heels of the September 11 attacks in New York, places a strong focus on interfaith activities and increasing mutual understanding across all sectors of the community. Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation serves both Muslims and those of other faiths who are in need and request assistance.

In addition to these programs, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation provides case management services to connect families with area resources and creates opportunities for Muslim youth to serve as volunteer ambassadors in the greater community.

For information about Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, visit

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