Muslim Foundation Seeks to Help All Domestic Violence Victims
Courtesy: Texas Plano Star
Submitted photo - The Resale Sophisticate thrift store, a fundraising store for
Texas Muslim Women's Foundation, takes money and item donations to sell to the community
to benefit domestic violence victims.
BY JON VANDERLAAN,
Published: Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:21 AM CDT
DESPITE FACING POOR ODDS AND RAMPANT PREJUDICES, A FOUNDATION IS ATTEMPTING TO BREAK
THROUGH BARRIERS TO HELP WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSED.
The Texas Muslim Women's Foundation, which is based in Plano and was founded in
2005, opened a Resale Sophisticate, a thrift and consignment store, in September
2009 in an attempt to further serve victims of domestic violence.
Hind Jarrah, one of the founders of the organization and the first president of
TMWF, said the store's main trouble is attracting customers.
"People need to be aware that we are here," she said. "That is the most important
thing. I don't think people know what we are about."
Jarrah said because of the poor economy, it was impossible for the organization
to expect donations to support its needs and the needs of those who benefit from
Many misconceptions about Muslims hurt their cause, she said, but it is an organization
dedicated to helping all women and not just Muslim women.
"We're not scary," she said. "We're not subjugated; we're not people who have our
decisions made for us. "We are all determined to make this a success. You know why
we are determined? Because it is for a good cause."
Although the need to eliminate stereotypes and misconceptions exists, Jarrah said,
the main purpose in founding the organization and the storefront is because a need
exists to help victims of domestic violence.
Muslim women have the same trouble as other women, but Jarrah said much of the time
their problems are complicated by differences in language, religion and attire.
Because larger organizations are not able to specialize help for Muslim women, they
often are looked over when seeking help.
Mary Wills, a spokeswoman for the store, said it is important to make the store
profitable so those profits can help the nonprofit organization. She said most people
will be able to find something that suits them in the store and that it's not just
Information has gone out to the entire community as a result, Wills said. Sabrina
Mohamed, manager of the store, said she has volunteered for the organization since
it was established and now is working for the store in hopes that she can help in
raising funds. Mohamed even was able to enlist the help of her entire family in
According to a release by the organization, about 150,000 Muslims live in the Dallas-Fort
Worth area out of the seven million Muslims in the United States.
The store sells women's, men's and children's items, as well as consignment items
and some electronics. Mona Kafeel, vice president of public relations for the organization,
said so many people need help in this area that none of the money raised through
the store or through donations leaves the area.
The store has not done too well in its first year, she said, but it has received
plenty of positive response from the community.
"I think it's the (organization's) cause that makes it a bit different," Kafeel
Editor's Note: This story has been republished with the permission of
Texas Plano Star.