BUENA PARK, CA (July 26, 2006) – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) will recognize the contributions of the University Muslim Medical Association (UMMA) Community Clinic today, July 26, on the floor of the House of Representatives. Islamic Relief has been a strong and proud supporter of the clinic’s work over the last decade.
The UMMA Community Clinic has provided free and low cost health care to the residents of South Los Angeles for a decade. In this period, UMMA Community Clinic has been treating some of Los Angeles’ poorest residents with much-needed health services. Over 15,000 patients have been treated since its inception; 95 percent have been non-Muslims.
“I always get treated like a person at UMMA – not a number – but like a human being,” said an unnamed UMMA patient, whose husband, children and grandchildren all come to UMMA for their medical needs.
Islamic Relief’s support of UMMA Clinic stems from the organizations’ shared objectives of helping the needy regardless of their background. The UMMA Clinic was also recently honored by a series of proclamations by the Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in recognition of its service to the community.
Islamic Relief has been a dedicated sponsor of UMMA Clinic for many years. In addition to financially supporting some of UMMA’s health services to the community, Islamic Relief has partnered with the clinic on various activities such as a breast cancer research project, community toy drives, and the annual Humanitarian Day event for the homeless.
“UMMA continues to serve as a vital institution in this great city’s infrastructure, improving the lives of thousands of its citizens. Civic leaders and policy makers have taken note of this fact, and we are honored by their recognition,” said Dr. Mansur Khan, a co-founder and board member of the UMMA Community Clinic.
“Islamic Relief has supported UMMA Community Clinic since its beginnings. As our organization grew so did our level of support to the clinic,” said Clareen Menzies, a projects director with Islamic Relief.