Atlantic Canada’s first transition home particularly for Muslim ladies and kids fleeing home violence or homelessness opened this month in Halifax, and was celebrated with a grand opening ceremony on the Ummah Masjid Mosque on Friday.
The Ummah Society and Nisa Houses, a nationwide non-profit charity, partnered to open the shelter and a brand new useful resource middle to serve the Muslim group within the area.
Yasmine Youssef, this system director at Nisa Houses, stated the concept to open a transition home in Halifax has been within the works for nearly 5 years, however the demand for its companies has grown for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic began.
“On the finish of final yr, we had been identical to, ‘OK, now we have to make it occur,'” Youssef stated.
“Particularly we noticed with COVID the numbers for home violence considerably elevated after which additionally we’re seeing now with the financial scenario, quite a lot of homelessness and quite a lot of simply folks struggling to get by.”
The shelter caters to immigrant, refugee, non-status or Muslim ladies, and can be capable of accommodate as much as 12 ladies and kids, who can keep for as much as three months at a time.
As soon as they do transfer out, they’re going to even have entry to distant assist for 3 extra months. Youssef stated the purpose is to get the ladies again on their toes and dwelling a satisfying life.
The transition home in Halifax is the ninth of its form in Canada. Youssef stated every house prices round $250,000 per yr to run, and that is anticipated to develop to $350,000 with rising prices.
She stated that is funded by group donations.
Youssef stated with Nova Scotia’s excessive ranges of immigration, authorities companies simply aren’t capable of sustain. She stated the purpose of the group is to work along with current companies, and assist ladies entry any helps which are obtainable to them.
“We’re actually attempting to fulfill that culturally responsive hole for these newcomers, these ladies which are experiencing challenges relating to simply settling into Canada,” she stated.
“However once you add on to it different challenges of home violence or homelessness or poverty, all of this stuff make it tougher to search out assist and to entry sources. And that is sort of the place we are available in.”
The Atlantic Muslim Useful resource Middle may even assist households entry issues like counseling, monetary assist, psychological well being companies and parental assist.
Though the shelter is positioned within the Halifax Regional Municipality, anybody in Atlantic Canada can entry its distant companies for assist.
Youssef stated the placement will likely be stored secret and the ladies who use the companies will signal a confidentiality settlement. It’s going to even have safety methods and safety patrol.
Zainub Beg, a case employee and metropolis operations supervisor with Nisa Houses in Halifax, stated having a shelter particularly designed for Muslim ladies is important.
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“It is important as a result of it supplies a culturally responsive and trauma-informed service that understands the identities of people in search of our companies,” Beg informed CBC Radio’s predominant avenue thursday.
“They needn’t clarify who they’re or validate their existence. They arrive to somebody who’s offering care, that already understands the place they’re coming from and what their wants are and that enables them to heal in a safer setting.”
cultural rethinking taboo
Beg stated not getting access to that understanding whereas in a weak scenario usually prevents ladies from coming ahead and in search of assist.
“There may be already a taboo inside the tradition and the custom and the faith as properly about talking about abuse and so in case you’re terrified to talk out about it and also you’re met with stigma it simply turns into exponentially tougher to speak about it and search assist,” she stated.
Beg stated some companies offered on the shelter embrace non secular assist with an imam or spiritual chief, having the ability to learn the Qur’an, entry to halal meals, having the ability to pray in peace and having the ability to quick with out judgement.
Youssef stated it is also essential that each one the employees on the house are ladies, and both Muslim or capable of replicate the group in one other means. They may even endure particular coaching.
“Now we have shoppers that come to us and inform us, ‘The one purpose I got here ahead is that you simply appear like me. You communicate like me. You perceive the place I am coming from’,” she stated.
Earlier than the grand opening ceremony, Abdullah Yousri, imam of the Ummah Mosque, led a prayer for a whole bunch of group members. His message from him centered on eradicating stigma from issues like home abuse and psychological well being.
“Many individuals are avoiding these subjects … due to tradition stigma, due to additionally some spiritual sensitivities round these subjects normally relating to psychological well being, suicide, home violence and and lots of different subjects,” Yousri stated.
He made the unique name to Nisa Houses years in the past. He stated his function as a spiritual chief is to name folks to motion and educate the group.
“Once we discuss ladies, after we discuss home violence, after we speak concerning the ladies’s rights in Islam normally, we’ve plenty of steering, plenty of verses, plenty of narrations addressing these subjects and likewise on the identical time misconceptions that we try to dismantle,” he stated.
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