ICNA RELIEF: SF BAY AREA

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OUR SERVICES

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The Idea
The premise for the family assistance program can be illustrated very easily: Its the middle of the month, you need to do groceries, and you’ve already used up all your funds for the rent. Unfortunately, this (and many situations like this) is an increasingly common dilemma faced by many families in our community. If not checked early, this can lead to huge credit card bills, loss of vehicles and homes, and even lead to the breaking up of families.

Our Services
We provide families with no strings attached charity to cover emergency situations like the one described above. We use zakah funds for Muslim families, and sadaqah for non-Muslims.

ICNA has a thorough application process to quantify a family’s needs, along with how much we can commit to help them out. The general process is:

  1. The applicant fills out an application documenting their situation, needs, income, expense, and so on.
  2. Applicants are called for an interview process where all provided information is verified, and references are requested who can vouch for the need.
  3. After all due diligence is completed, funding is authorized to cover the family’s needs

Your Support

Whoever relieves the hardship of a believer in this world, Allah will relieve his hardship on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever helps ease someone in difficulty, Allah will make it easy for him in this world and in the Hereafter. – Muhammad (PBUH), the messenger of God

The number of applicants and need in our community is always greater than the funds available. Your charity will go a long way in bringing some measure of normality and tranquility in a family’s life. May God bless you immensely for your generosity.

How many times have we seen heartbreaking signs like this and said to ourselves, “I wish I could do something for this person”? Well, now we can!

According to HUD, there are approximately 35,000 homeless people in the Bay Area. In San Francisco, estimates put the number between 7,000-15,000, which is the highest per capita rate of homelessness in any major American city.

On the Stress of Being Homeless
“Are we going to wake up in the morning? Are we going to wake up in the morning and have to move our stuff? Are we going to get food for the day?” These questions haunt all homeless people everyday.

Our Services
Since 2007, the local chapter of ICNA has been in the forefront of serving the most-needy across the Bay Area with nourishing hot meals. The food is cooked fresh in the morning, carefully packed in single serving boxes, and delivered in a truck – equipped with food warmers, to places where the homeless people gather. Once there, it serves as a brick-and-mortar soup kitchen, serving the people with a smile. We call it MERCY ON WHEELS.

Our volunteers gather every other Saturday to serve 700+ needy people. The below diagram provides a visual representation of the overall process from start to finish.

The Smile​
Living in the street brings a lot of uncertainty, helping them to ensure one of these challenges even for one day changes their day into a happy moment. You can see this in the smile of relief on their faces. Mercy On Wheels is not just feeding them a meal but making their day little bit better.

Your Support

“What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.” – Tabarani

Your support is critical to continue and increase our efforts to serve the most-needy of our community.

We’ve Made Significant Strides; Help Us Reach the Finish Line!
Thanks to your contributions last year, we were able to make significant strides towards our goals. This Ramadan, help us support the operational cost of the Mobile Clinic, and be a part of something spectacular! Where do we stand currently?

  • Alhamdulillah, we’ve acquired the truck, which serves as an exam room for patients and is fully equipped to provide the general checkups and basic care so many desperately need.
  • We’ve brought aboard and hired a highly-qualified employee to oversee the operation of the clinic.
  • We’re navigating and clearing many legal regulations to make sure we are working not only with excellence in care, but also transparently and in regulatory compliance

The Idea
ICNA’s mobile health clinic started with a sad realization: The Bay Area community has a sizable, largely forgotten, segment of society that cannot afford healthcare. This causes them to go through cycles of preventable hardship and suffering; not only does this affect their health and quality of living, but also their families, dependents, and work places. And the damage doesn’t stop there: This in turn causes greater stress on the local health care infrastructure as they have to deal with a greater influx of emergency cases, which are again preventable.

To understand how best to address this ‘snowball effect’ problem in a God pleasing way, time was spent to study and understand the needs of the affected community, the current solutions in the market (most of which were for-profit), and the charitable models vividly present in the prophetic tradition. Over the course of this evaluation and reflection process, the consequent solution become increasingly obvious: Invest early in this vulnerable segment of society.

Our Services
Launching in 2017, the Mobile Health Clinic will compliment ICNA’s ‘Mercy On Wheels’ program by making scheduled rounds in the Bay Area with the best doctors from our community, providing:

  • Primary health care
  • Physical examination
  • Diabetes/blood pressure screening
  • Lab work

As funding and volunteer staff grows, we can increase our services to provide:

  • Seasonal vaccinations and immunizations
  • Dental health care
  • Behavioral health care
  • Specialties (Pediatric, STD, OB/GYN, Cancer, etc)
  • Starting a mobile clinic fleet

Your Support
Making sure this great initiative takes off will need much more than market research and great planning. We urgently need your support for:

  • Maintenance/Operational costs
  • Insurance (malpractice, coverage for volunteers, vehicle)
  • Medical records hardware/software
  • Inspection and certification
  • Lab reports

The Idea
Imagine you have just entered third grade, and it’s your first day of school. Bright eyed and excited, you take up a desk in the classroom, and listen intently as the teacher gives out the first task. Ready to get started, you open up your hand-me-down backpack, only to find you don’t have the basic supplies needed to carry out the task.

A child who finds themselves in such a situation will naturally be embarrassed, even disheartened, their studies may suffer, and they may even face bullying all because their family cannot afford adequate school supplies.

Our Services
Knowledge is a power, diametrically opposed to wealth, which provides protection, and does not need it. Children that have the tools they need early on, to get a good education, will be more motivated to learn and in a better position to bring their families and communities out of darkness.

Your Support
Through your donations, we provide kids with a backpack full of basic school supplies, to enable for them equal opportunity and access to learning like their better-off classmates.

Aiding those without shelter prepare for the coming winter


Your support (Donate | Volunteer) is critical to continue and increase our efforts to serve the most-needy of our community.

No figure in history is a greater unifier of the world’s prophetic traditions than Prophet Abraham, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. Jews, Christians and Muslims alike view him as the patriarch of their respective faiths.

To honor the tradition of the great prophet, ICNA Relief annually celebrates Abraham’s Day post Eid Al-Adha festival. It is a day for hundreds of volunteers to exemplify that prophetic characteristic of goodwill by providing hot meals and other necessities to the downtrodden.

On Abraham’s Day, men and women, young and old come together across national, racial, ethnic and religious divides, to pack and distribute:

  • warm meals
  • winter clothes
  • and hygiene packs

It’s the tradition at ICNA to kick start the event first by reminding everyone the ultimate purpose, which is to please God alone without expecting anything in return.

On this day, the volunteers, from different teams, distribute these very necessity items to the neediest at following locations across the Bay Area

  • San Francisco
  • Oakland
  • Stockton
  • San Jose
  • Berkeley

Another highlight of this event is the enthusiastic young volunteers who are accompanied by their parents. They come in big numbers and actively participate in food and hygiene kit packing along with the adults. They are ready to be the next generation of Muslims leadership. At the end of the event, all of them get rewarded with gift bags and participation certificate.

Your Support

Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) was asked: “What actions are most excellent?” He replied: “To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.” – Tabarani

Your support is critical to continue and increase our efforts to serve the most-needy of our community.

How many times have we seen heartbreaking signs like this and said to ourselves, “I wish I could do something for this person”? Well, now we can!

According to HUD, there are approximately 35,000 homeless people in the Bay Area. In San Francisco, estimates put the number between 7,000-15,000, which is the highest per capita rate of homelessness in any major American city.

On the Stress of Being Homeless
“Are we going to wake up in the morning? Are we going to wake up in the morning and have to move our stuff? Are we going to get food for the day?” These questions haunt all homeless people everyday.

Our Services
Since 2007, the local chapter of ICNA has been in the forefront of serving the most-needy across the Bay Area with nourishing hot meals. The food is cooked fresh in the morning, carefully packed in single serving boxes, and delivered in a truck – equipped with food warmers, to places where the homeless people gather. Once there, it serves as a brick-and-mortar soup kitchen, serving the people with a smile. We call it MERCY ON WHEELS.

Our volunteers gather every other Saturday to serve 700+ needy people. The below diagram provides a visual representation of the overall process from start to finish.

The Smile​
Living in the street brings a lot of uncertainty, helping them to ensure one of these challenges even for one day changes their day into a happy moment. You can see this in the smile of relief on their faces. Mercy On Wheels is not just feeding them a meal but making their day little bit better.

Your Support

“What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.” – Tabarani

Your support is critical to continue and increase our efforts to serve the most-needy of our community.

We’ve Made Significant Strides; Help Us Reach the Finish Line!
Thanks to your contributions last year, we were able to make significant strides towards our goals. This Ramadan, help us support the operational cost of the Mobile Clinic, and be a part of something spectacular! Where do we stand currently?

  • Alhamdulillah, we’ve acquired the truck, which serves as an exam room for patients and is fully equipped to provide the general checkups and basic care so many desperately need.
  • We’ve brought aboard and hired a highly-qualified employee to oversee the operation of the clinic.
  • We’re navigating and clearing many legal regulations to make sure we are working not only with excellence in care, but also transparently and in regulatory compliance

The Idea
ICNA’s mobile health clinic started with a sad realization: The Bay Area community has a sizable, largely forgotten, segment of society that cannot afford healthcare. This causes them to go through cycles of preventable hardship and suffering; not only does this affect their health and quality of living, but also their families, dependents, and work places. And the damage doesn’t stop there: This in turn causes greater stress on the local health care infrastructure as they have to deal with a greater influx of emergency cases, which are again preventable.

To understand how best to address this ‘snowball effect’ problem in a God pleasing way, time was spent to study and understand the needs of the affected community, the current solutions in the market (most of which were for-profit), and the charitable models vividly present in the prophetic tradition. Over the course of this evaluation and reflection process, the consequent solution become increasingly obvious: Invest early in this vulnerable segment of society.

Our Services
Launching in 2017, the Mobile Health Clinic will compliment ICNA’s ‘Mercy On Wheels’ program by making scheduled rounds in the Bay Area with the best doctors from our community, providing:

  • Primary health care
  • Physical examination
  • Diabetes/blood pressure screening
  • Lab work

As funding and volunteer staff grows, we can increase our services to provide:

  • Seasonal vaccinations and immunizations
  • Dental health care
  • Behavioral health care
  • Specialties (Pediatric, STD, OB/GYN, Cancer, etc)
  • Starting a mobile clinic fleet

Your Support
Making sure this great initiative takes off will need much more than market research and great planning. We urgently need your support for:

  • Maintenance/Operational costs
  • Insurance (malpractice, coverage for volunteers, vehicle)
  • Medical records hardware/software
  • Inspection and certification
  • Lab reports

The Idea
Imagine you have just entered third grade, and it’s your first day of school. Bright eyed and excited, you take up a desk in the classroom, and listen intently as the teacher gives out the first task. Ready to get started, you open up your hand-me-down backpack, only to find you don’t have the basic supplies needed to carry out the task.

A child who finds themselves in such a situation will naturally be embarrassed, even disheartened, their studies may suffer, and they may even face bullying all because their family cannot afford adequate school supplies.

Our Services
Knowledge is a power, diametrically opposed to wealth, which provides protection, and does not need it. Children that have the tools they need early on, to get a good education, will be more motivated to learn and in a better position to bring their families and communities out of darkness.

Your Support
Through your donations, we provide kids with a backpack full of basic school supplies, to enable for them equal opportunity and access to learning like their better-off classmates.

ADDRESS

2086 Walsh Ave, Ste. A
Santa Clara, CA 95050

CONTACT US

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ICNA Relief Bay Area California

PH: (408) 313-8792
Fax: (408) 588-1566​
Email: info@icnabayarea.org