Detroit, Mich. – Islamic Relief USA will hold its annual Day of Dignity campaign in major cities throughout the country, including one in Detroit with partner, Detroit Revival Engaging American Muslims (DREAM).
The Day of Dignity campaign consists of a series of events held around the nation to help people who are homeless or from low-income households, among other sociological conditions, gain access to meals, winter coats, hygiene kits, and health screenings. In Detroit, the event will take place on at the Muslim Center Mosque and Community Center, located at 1605 Davison Freeway, on October 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Islamic Relief USA works with various community organizations throughout the country to help facilitate the events.
“Islamic Relief has held the Day of Dignity event for several years,” said Sharif Aly, chief executive officer of Islamic Relief USA. “The events enable people who are in some of the difficult and stressful circumstances to get access to necessary items and services. Poverty and homelessness, unfortunately, remain major problems. Day of Dignity events provide essential services and access. In addition to receiving food, clothing and health care, they also learn about the different agencies and other entities which they can connect with and continue receiving the guidance and resources necessary to help them get on a path of self-sufficiency.”
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, close to 40 million people suffer from poverty as of 2018. Recently, the administration has proposed measures to cut the number of recipients for such programs as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
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.
Syed M. Hassan
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.