Noor Family Services was established in Alpharetta, Georgia in November 2015 to provide culturally-sensitive services to clients of immigrant and minority communities who need support systems, but whose needs are not adequately met by mainstream agencies
NFS is committed to working towards a world free of family violence by working with faith-based communities, local domestic violence advocacy groups, and concerned community members. After all, education and training are key to changing entrenched attitudes and norms that can facilitate and perpetuate cycles of violence. In addition to offering education opportunities, NFS provides pro bono legal services, in addition to referrals for various up port services, such as counseling, advocacy, crisis management, job search and life coaching.
November 2015 – The founding board of Noor Family Services initiates the process of establishing an organization that can meet the needs of domestic violence survivors of the underserved immigrant communities.
April 2016 - 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.
May 2016 – Noor Family Services is born and the founding board begins efforts to partner with community members and other social service organization
October 2016 – Noor Family Services begins its formal abuse intervention efforts and officially kicks off the agency at its Gala Launch.
November 2016 - 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
December 2017 -Hosts a HopeLine phone drive with Verizon for cash grants to be donated towards victims.
January 2017 - 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.
February 2017 - Participated at Georgia Tech and Emory's Leadership and Multifaith 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.
March 2017 - 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.
April 2017 - Held a community leader workshop at RCM and also a legal advocate and lawyer TPO training program at the State of Bar Georgia Association.
May 2017 - Partnered with UPS
June 2017 - Hosted the first annual fundraiser to raise awareness for domestic violence which was sponsored by UPS, RCM, and Georgia Muslim Voters Project.
July 2017 - Entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Khan, Sanchez, & Mitchell, LLC, a full-service law firm in Johns Creek, Georgia.
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 communities experiencing “crisis” 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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHAMA IBRAHIM, Executive Director
FAKIHA KHAN,Legal Services
KENDRA FOSTER MITCHELL, Advisory Board Member
ZAKIA SHAKOOR,Education and Outreach, Advisory Consultant
MARYAM SHAH, Admin and Legal Intern
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.
Thank you to all of our supporters and sponsors! You have made a real difference in the lives of the survivors of domestic violence and their children whom we serve.