(PRINCETON, N.J., 5/21/08) – CAIR-New Jersey is calling on Muslims and other people of conscience to donate funds, food or clothing to the Morris County Homeless Center, a multi-service center in that state that offers services to the homeless as well as to people challenged with mental illness or substance abuse, and to victims of domestic violence and the marginally poor.
The center offers counseling, a safe place off the streets in harsh weather, referrals for housing & medical needs, free use of a phone for jobs and assistance with job search, emergency clothing, assistance in identifying a place to sleep, and provides a legal mailing address.
In the first three months of 2008, the Morris County Homeless Center served 4,117 needy and homeless clients.
CAIR-NJ is encouraging Muslim support of the center as part of its annual “Muslims Care” campaign, which is designed to encourage volunteerism in the American Muslim community.
SEE: Muslims Care
“It was a tradition of Prophet Mohammed to help those in need. We have an opportunity to follow his example by supporting the Morris County Homeless Center,” said CAIR-NJ Community Relations Director Afsheen Shamsi.
CAIR-NJ is encouraging people to support the center in the following ways:
1. Donate fund to pay the center’s monthly bills, which total $5000/month – contribute any amount as every dollar helps! Please send your tax-exempt donation to: Al-Hilal, P.O. Box 12, Pluckemin, NJ 07978
2. Volunteer for 2 hour blocks of time on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
3. Donate clothing, socks, coffee, baked goods, books, DVDs, educational materials, etc.
For more information on how to help, contact: Zamir Hassan at 908-364-4441 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about CAIR-NJ or Muslims Care please contact: CAIR-NJ Community Relations Director, Afsheen Shamsi at 908-938-5990 or email@example.com
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the largest Islamic civil liberties group in the United States with 35 chapters across America and Canada. Its mission is to enhance an understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.