empower. enlighten. encourage.
Our organization is dedicated to assisting women in dire need of shelter not only with a physical shelter but also assisting with emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. Zohaar goals include providing referral services, counseling, spiritual support, language interpreters, and housing support.
ABOUT OUR SHELTER
Transition housing provides temporary housing for the certain segments of the homeless population including working homeless making sufficient wages who have trouble affording long-term housing. It is set up to transition its residents into permanent, affordable housing.
Each night thousands of people in the Flint region are homeless. Our organization is dedicated to assisting women in dire need, beginning with shelter. Your donation will fund the renovation of the Shelter's new location, as
well as meals and other necessities for residents.
1,198 women were homeless in Genesee county in 2016 (Source: Homeless Management Information System, Genesee County)
11.2% The percent of increase from 2017 to 2018 of long-term homelessness in Michigan (Source: U.S. Housing and Urban Development).
25% A quarter of homeless children have witnessed violence. Homelessness is traumatic for children, who often experience frequent moves, family split-ups, and living in crowded places (National Center on Family Homelessness, 2011).
50% Half of school-age homeless children experience problems with depression and anxiety (Source: American Psychological Association)
In 2019 we succeeded in purchasing our new shelter. First and foremost we are committed to raising the money that is needed to refurbish this house. There is work to do and we are excited to begin our services at this location as soon as possible.
inclusive and diverse
We are committed to treating all people with respect and kindness. Our institution helps women and their children to transition to a more stable, self-sufficient status, without concern for race, religion, or identity.
It is not the purpose of Zohaar Women's Shelter to serve as a permanent home, rather, the institution and its staff are committed to guiding women through the transition to achieving stability and an independent home.
Homelessness is a dark side of the American experience. Without opportunity, determination, and help from our fellow citizens it is a very difficult problem to overcome. We are committed to providing the support that is needed.
Under the careful direction of Shahidah Rasool and Samira Ernest, the Zohaar Women's Shelter has emerged from a dream to a concrete reality. In the coming year, with renovations under way, the operational goals are within reach.
All our actions are base on love and positive energy. The term 'Zohaar' refers to light and radiance. Beyond simply finding housing, we are committed to helping our residents find their highest level of spiritual wholeness. In time and with love, women and children in our care can shed their fear and economic insecurity and achieve a self-sufficient and radiant state.