BURBANK, CA (January 9, 2006) – Islamic Relief has awarded a $30,000 grant

to the Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston (IMGH) for its relief work

related to Hurricane Katrina. Half of the grant will pay for recovering expenses

for hurricane relief efforts carried out through Operation Compassion and the

Neighbors2Neighbors program. The  other half will go towards the Office of

Disaster Preparedness and Response (ODPR).

Operation Compassion was Houston’s effort to provide volunteers to serve

food at the George R. Brown Convention Center shelter housing Katrina

evacuees. The mayor’s office asked IMGH to manage the Neighbors2Neighbors

program, which existed to house hurricane evacuees and their families with

Houstonian families. The Islamic Relief grant will help cover some of the costs

related to IMGH’s disaster relief efforts.

The $15,000 grant for the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Response will

go towards recruiting and training 300 faith communities and congregations to

make themselves “disaster resistant” and prepare them to respond to future

disasters. IMGH President and CEO Elliot Gershenson said, “That [IMGH] was

able to muster the support of over 40,000 volunteers within a five day period

[for Katrina relief] is a testimony to the importance of this program.”

The Islamic Society of Greater Houston is also a partner of the work IMGH

does. More than 2,000 members of Muslim community volunteered to help

Katrina victims at the Convention Center.

Islamic Relief began helping displaced citizens in Houston as soon as they

arrived in the city within days of Hurricane Katrina. Working with local

organizations such as IMGH, the Healing Hands Foundation, the Second

Baptist Church, United Way, the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH),

and many more, Islamic Relief provided displaced citizens with emergency

shelter, food, educational supplies, and more.

Islamic Relief has committed to implementing a $1 million comprehensive

emergency aid project for displaced citizens in Houston.

Media Contact:

Arif Shaikh

Islamic Relief USA

arif@irw.org

(310) 351-3931 mobile

(818) 238-9520 office

(818) 238-9521 fax

 

**Notes for media professionals**

Islamic Relief immediately responded to the needs of the victims of Hurricane

Katrina – one of the greatest natural disasters in United States history.

Islamic Relief has committed $2 million for Katrina relief projects, which

include working in the affected areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Houston

and Dallas, TX.

Islamic Relief is an international relief and development organization, with

partner offices in 30 countries across the world. We operate a wide range of

emergency relief and sustainable development projects across the world,

including healthcare, water and sanitation, education, income generation, and

orphan support. For more information, please call or visit our website,

www.irw.org.

Islamic Relief USA is recognized as a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator, its

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