BURBANK, California (October 16, 2005) – In conjunction with the Metro
Jackson Muslim Katrina Coalition, Islamic Relief is working with two local
housing organizations to house victims of Hurricane Katrina. Working with
NEIGHBORS (Nation’s Evacuees in Good Hand’s with Benevolent Out-Reach
Services) and the Jackson Metro Housing Partnership (JMHP), Islamic Relief
will repair a number of homes in Jackson to provide an adequate place to live
for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. There will be a ceremony at one of the
houses being renovated for Katrina victims this Monday, October, 17.
An international relief and development agency based in Burbank, CA, Islamic
Relief will pay for the foreclosure on the homes and the cost for repairing the
structures. Volunteers from the Jackson Muslim community will work to repair
the homes. The Metro Jackson Muslim Katrina Coalition consists of the
International Museum of Muslim Cultures, Masjid (Mosque) Muhammad, Masjid
Omar, and Masjid Al-Muminun.
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 Biloxi and Jackson, MS, Baton Rouge,
LA and helping displaced citizens in Houston, TX.
In Biloxi, MS, Islamic Relief has provided the devastated community much
needed services to cope with the disaster. Islamic Relief has distributed food,
cleaning kits, tents, sleeping bags, toys, clothes, hygiene kits and many
other goods. Islamic Relief also purchased a mobile home and converted it
into a health clinic for the East Biloxi community. The Coastal Family Health
Center will run the facility on land provided by the city. The mobile clinic has
the potential to serve thousands of patients a year in the Biloxi community.
The Media is encouraged to participate in the gift presentation to NEIGHBORS
and the JMHP on Monday, October 17 at one of the homes being renovated
for a displaced family of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans who has decided
to make Jackson their home. On hand for the presentation will be: Mostafa
Mahboob, of Islamic Relief; Emad Al-Turk; Sababu Rashid; Azzam Abumirshid,
of Masjid Omar; William Sabree, of Masjid Al-Muminun; Alice Tisdale and
NEIGHBORS’ Partners; Tim Collins, of JMHP; City Officials; and Others.
Ceremony for Housing of Katrina Victims
Monday, October 17, 2005
642 W. Porter St.
Jackson, MS 39204
Media and Public Relations
(714) 676-1300 office
(714) 676-1301 fax
**Notes for media professionals planning to cover the event**
The International Museum of Muslim Cultures, Masjid Muhammad (through its
Mission of Mercy Development and Relief Project), Masjid Omar and Masjid Al-
Muminun, formed the Metro Jackson Muslim Katrina Coalition immediately after
Katrina hit the Mississippi and Louisiana areas. The goal was to act quickly to
respond to the needs of displaced citizens and to assist in any possible to
minimize the suffering. Masjid Muhammad’s Mission of Mercy Development
and Relief Project (MOMDR) is established to assist persons affected by
Katrina and other disasters, or personal crisis by aiding with housing and
other needs of daily living. Also, MOMDR is a logistics site and distribution
command center for Muslims from other regions seeking to provide assistance
to persons in need in Jackson and Mississippi.
Formed by a group of community leaders, NEIGHBORS strives to bring the
quality of life back to displaced residents. NEIGHBORS began with 38
displaced residents. Of that number, 23 or 7 families have decided to
relocate permanently from New Orleans or the Mississippi Gulf Coast to the
Jackson area. The families are composed of infants, children, young adults
and older adults. The skill levels provide the men an opportunity to help
renovate the houses that will become their homes. NEIGHBORS will support
the displaced families in the following areas to make their transition as smooth
as possible: housing, education, health care, financial/legal services, child
development, area acclimation, crisis management, wardrobe/personal
appearance, entertainment/recreation, transportation and business
JMHP, a private, non-profit housing corporation was founded in 1992 with a
mission to provide safe, decent and affordable housing services for low to
moderate income residents of the city of Jackson, Mississippi. In the wake of
Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita, JMHP moved quickly to identify several of its
existing housing units, which could be available for occupancy, by families
displaced as a result of the hurricane. Islamic Relief’s donation to JMPH will
rehabilitate 5 housing units to house Katrina displaced families.
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,
Islamic Relief USA is recognized as a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator, its
highest rating. Charity Navigator is America’s largest charity evaluator.