Hundreds of Muslims to Feed Homeless
in Downtown San Jose
During Holy Month of Ramadan
What: (San Jose, 10/22/05) - Muslims from around the Greater San Francisco Bay Area will host the 2nd Annual Humanitarian Day for the Homeless on Saturday, October 22nd from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM at the Salvation Army building located at 405 N. 4th St. in downtown San Jose. The Muslim organizations will provide hot meals, water, t-shirts, and hygiene packages to San Jose’s homeless community. Last year, the Coalition successfully served over 800 homeless in San Jose. This year, the organizers hope to reach out to over a thousand homeless in a similar undertaking.
Homelessness is a national epidemic in America. It is a condition that does not discriminate and it can affect anyone at anytime. The Humanitarian Day is a day for the homeless to access multiple services without leaving their own precincts of the downtown community.
The Coalition selected the holy month of Ramadan as a global observance that transcends race and gender in a spirit of love, equality, and respect for each other and all of humanity. This year is especially unique in that the holy days of the three Abrahamic Faiths coincide this October; Rosh Hashanah for Jews, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi for Christians; and Ramadan for Muslims.
"Ramadan is a time of increased compassion and caring for others. Our goal is to give the homeless community hope and relief to ease their struggle," said Habibe Husain, founder of the Rahima Charitable Foundation, the main organizer of this Humanitarian Day.
When: Saturday, October 22nd, 2005 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Where: Salvation Army, 405 N. 4th St. (just north of Julian Ave.), San Jose
Event Sponsor: Rahima Charitable Foundation
About Rahima: Habibe Husain founded Rahima 12 years ago to serve the less fortunate. Rahima Foundation is a non profit charitable organization, striving to serve all humans and trying to restore human dignity.
Event Co-Sponsors: American Muslim Voice(AMV), Blossom Valley Muslim Community Center (BVMCC), Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR-SFBA), Granada Islamic School (GIS), Hidaya Foundation, Islamic Center of Fremont (ICF), Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC), Islamic Networks Group (ING), Islamic School of Stanford, Islamic Society of East Bay(ISEB), Muslim Community Association (MCA), Northern Americam Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA), South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA), Semah, United Muslims of America (UMA), WIS, Yaseen Foundation & Zaytuna Institute.
Habibe Husain: Rahima Charitable Foundation (Hours: 12:00 to 4:00 PM), Work: 408-845-0050, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: http://rahima.org
Samina Faheem Sundas: AMV, Cell: 650-387-1994, www.amuslimvoice.org
Sameena Usman, CAIR-SFBA, Work: 408-986-9874, Cell: 408-394-9892, Email: email@example.com