Noor Family Services started with just a dream and had nothing tangible. But now, we have established processes, resources to contact, and an office where clients can call and receive help. We also have several dedicated volunteers, community partners, private donors, and supporters who have made our dream a reality.
- Chama Ibrahim
NFS is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that was formed in 2015 to fill a need in the community for confidential, culturally-sensitive services and assistance to immigrant /refugee communities experiencing crises due to family violence and abuse. These crises may be exacerbated due to language barriers, cultural stigmas, and emotional challenges such as loneliness, depression, abuse, violence or just the need for a friendly ear. NFS is available to answer questions for clients in crisis or needing guidance to prevent a crisis situation. NFS will listen and provide referrals, as well as provide legal and advocacy services as necessary.
Although Noor Family Services is most commonly related to providing culturally-sensitive services for foreign-born and immigrant women and children impacted by domestic violence, NFS provides services to all victims regardless of gender and background. Services are grouped into three primary program areas, each with emphasis on essential steps that have a meaningful impact. As a culturally-sensitive non-profit agency, we view these programs as ways to extend the care and concern for victims and survivors in the broader ethnic community, regardless of race, religion, national origin, or cultural or ethnic affiliation.
CHAMA IBRAHIM, Executive Director
AMELA CESKO, Case Manager
ZAKIA SHAKOOR, Advocate/Educator
FAKIHA KHAN, Legal Services
FATIMA WASIM Ph.D, Therapist
FERDOWS MUNIR, Fundraiser Coordinator
MASOOMA RIZVI, Secretary
ZAREEN HASAN, Chair Of Board
Provided art support groups to our clients and their children. RCM invited NFS's attorney, Fakiha Khan, along with Men Stopping Violence, to discuss What Justice Asks Of Our Brothers: Ending Men’s Violence With Our Generation. Visited the Suwannee Police Department coordinated by Gwinnett Islamic Circle.
Hosted our second Art for a Cause Fundraiser in collaboration with the Gwinnett Islamic Circle
Moved into a new office that allowed for more space from where to offer our services! The UPS team not only facilitated the move into our new office but also delivered more than 20 boxes of food for our clients.
In collaboration with the Syrian Community Network, we hosted the "Promoting Healthy Families in America" training event.
Hosted the Teatime for a Cause Fundraiser an opportunity to raise awareness about our services among friends and supporters. The Pakistani American Community hosted a personal hygiene drive for NFS. Set up a booth at the RCM field day where we informed the community about the services that we provide to victims and survivors of Domestic Violence.
Held a Mother's Day breakfast for our clients. Participated in the Hamzah trade show spreading awareness about our services.
Participated in the Fasting 5K Walk/Run held in Atlanta. Held an Eid gift drive for our clients and their children.
NFS' attorney presented information on the Unique and Complex Legal Needs of Muslim Survivors of Domestic Violence at the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence quarterly meeting. Participated in Azaadi Mela raising awareness of domestic violence.
UPS hosts food drive for NFS.
RCM and their Uplifting Youth Group ran a food drive for NFS’s clients. Received the Arab American High Achievers award. Held our 2018 Evening of Empowerment Gala where we raised community awareness and fundraised for our services.
Informational presentation on Noor Family Services to Home Depot Corporate.
Collaboration with Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, NFS conducted a training "Best Practices in Legal Advocacy and Culturally Responsive Services for Muslim Survivors of Domestic Violence."
Became a member of Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Initiated life coaching services for victims and survivors and engaged in the Georgia Anti-Sex Trafficking Discussion Panel in Marietta.
Participated at Georgia Tech and Emory's Leadership and Multi-faith Program Symposium to enhance awareness of NFS services and programs. Participated in "Emergency Needs to Immigrant and Muslim Survivors" at Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Initiated a victim support group and presented at Rotary Club of Johns Creek and as part of Hot Topics with Hot Chocolate Panel at RCM.
Held a community leader workshop at RCM and also a legal advocate and lawyer TPO training program at the State of Bar Georgia Association.
Partnered with UPS
Hosted our first annual fundraiser to raise awareness for domestic violence which was sponsored by UPS, RCM, and Georgia Muslim Voters Project.
Entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Khan, Sanchez, & Mitchell, LLC, a full-service law firm in Johns Creek, Georgia.
UPS hosts food drive for NFS
Entered into an MOU with Family Haven (Shelter)
Started trauma sensitive yoga sessions with victims and survivors.
Holds 'Perspective of Domestic Violence' training event at RCM.
Hosted Art for a Cause Fundraiser at Art and Soul Studio.
Invited to present at a training event sponsored by Somali American Community Center, The Glitter of Hope Foundation, and The Muslim Law Students Association of Georgia State University.
Hosting a fundraiser at California Pizza Kitchen (Alpharetta location)
Noor Family services officially opens a new central office as a base for establishing the agency and laying the groundwork for the provision of services.
Noor Family Services is born and the founding board begins efforts to partner with community members and other social service organization.
Noor Family Services begins its formal abuse intervention efforts and officially kicks off the agency at its Gala Launch.
NFS obtains 501(c)(3) non-profit agency status by the Internal Revenue Service. Organization conducts its first training of DV advocates about assisting clients through the legal process and its first training for imams on the issues of family violence in the Muslim immigrant community
Hosts a HopeLine phone drive with Verizon for cash grants to be donated towards victims.