Alexandria, VA – Islamic Relief USA will hold its annual Day of Dignity campaign in major cities throughout the country, including one in Denver, Colorado, with its partner, Muslim Family Services of Colorado.
The second annual Denver Day of Dignity will take place on September 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sonny Lawson Park, 2301 Welton St., Denver, Colorado 80205.
Working with more than 30 community organizations and 100 volunteers, the 2017 Denver Day of Dignity aims to serve at least 500 homeless community members by providing resources (shelters, jobs, IDs & more), health screenings (dental, medical, mental health, and vision), laundry services, showers, haircuts, items for distribution (clothing, hygiene kits, and school kits), three hot meals, and live entertainment.
Islamic Relief USA works with various community organizations throughout the country to help facilitate the events.
“Islamic Relief’s Day of Dignity campaign dates back 15 years,” said Minhaj Hassan, public affairs specialist at Islamic Relief USA. “The events enable people who are in some of the most dire circumstances to get access to necessary items and services. Poverty and homelessness, unfortunately, remain major problems and indications are both problems may grow worse. Thus, Day of Dignity events provide a major service. In addition to receiving food, clothing and health care, they also learn about the different agencies and other entities that exist which they can connect with and continue receiving the guidance and resources necessary to help them get on a path of self-sufficiency.”
“The Denver Day of Dignity has become an anticipated important event for all as it not only delivers immediate services in an enjoyable community environment, but also networks our community members experiencing homelessness with long-term, sustainable support from the variety of community partners we have the pleasure of working with,” said Nadeen Ibrahim, Denver Day of Dignity City Coordinator. “We are very excited and grateful for the 2017 Denver Day of Dignity, and invite everyone to come join us as we deliver services, raise awareness about the state of homelessness in our community, and build community support and integration.”
The events put a spotlight on the effects of poverty, which remains a persistent problem in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 43 million suffer from poverty as of 2015. The problem could grow worse if recently announced cuts to various social services are enacted by Congress.
Day of Dignity helps provide, at least for a day, relief from the regular hardships that are faced by an impoverished population, regardless of race, creed, or nationality.
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Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves. Its programs benefit millions of people each year around the world, including in the United States.
Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Muslim Family Services of Colorado (MFS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpolitical organization whose mission is to help individuals and families be safe, secure, and self-reliant through advocacy, education, and services.