The Only Muslim Operated Shelter in the State of Oklahoma!
In 2016, the Surayya Anne Foundation ~ Tulsa received an influx of requests for assistance from the immigrant and refugee families in our community. The Foundation also received requests for aid from hard working l ow income families, disabled individuals, those suffering from mental illness, some recently discharged from prison and some victims of domestic violence.
This year the foundation broke a record by providing 864 assists to people in Tulsa and the surrounding
community. That’s roughly 72 personal assists each month at the foundation. Case Manager, Jenel Fatihah, is working full time managing all the applications that make their way to the Foundation. Jenel and Executive Director, Faatimah McLemore, are also jointly managing the Foundation operations and case management of the families living in the shelter and off-site.
Last year 26 people lived in the shelter, 14 adults and 12 children, including refugees. The logistics and time involved in managing 26 people onsite, and the hundreds of offsite assists – is a major operation which includes dozens of client interviews, assessments, counseling sessions, appointments, calls, driving, check requests and much more.
Families who move into the shelter are immediately provided with food, clothing and their own apartment. Each family or individual client meets with a case manager, and is provided rides around
town to obtain identification and to fill out job applications.
Once employed, residents work on getting public housing, food stamps, sooner care and other forms of assistance. Residents open up a bank account, save money for an apartment, utility deposits, and a car, if needed. Once a family is stable and has the financial resources to move out, they transition to their own affordable housing. Residents who follow the program guidelines may stay in the shelter for up to one year.
In addition to shelter operations, many families and individuals approach the Foundation for assistance. Thanks to your support, we are proud to say that in 2016 the Foundation prevented 53 women, men and children – from being homeless, totaling $13,492.50 in emergency rental assists.
In addition, the Surayya Anne Foundation assists families with past due bills (electric, gas, water) dental and medical assists, food, clothes, donated cars, rides to appointments and case management. In 2016, $32,731.61 was handed out in zakatable aid.
The Surayya Anne Foundation is building a transitional living complex at 48th and Fulton Avenue in Tulsa. The complex will have five buildings with a food pantry, laundry room, offices, medical clinic, and house up to 26 men, women and children. To date over $255,000 has been raised. The lot was purchased in 2014, the plans have been approved by the city of Tulsa, and the remaining funds will cover the cost of the lot preparation, parking lot, counseling and case management offices, food pantry, and one single unit. Donations are being accepted for four additional onsite buildings.
Leave a Legacy
$255,000 raised to date!
Help Us Complete The Building Project
Building 1 & Parking Lot
Paid in Full
Overhead View of Surayya Anne Foundation Offices and Housing Complex
Total income for 2016 was $185,037.42, total expenses were $141,858.50 and total assets as of December 31st, 2016 were $316,598.61.
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful
As Salam alaikum, May Allah reward everyone who has been and are a part of Surayya Anne Foundation. The Foundation has helped my family as well as countless others. They have helped my family to not be evicted and left on the streets by helping with rent through a very, very difficult time. It was such an incredible relief when I got assistance for my rent. I was treated with the utmost respect and compassion when I asked the Foundation for assistance. I was listened to in a way that I know the sisters truly care about me. I was assigned a caseworker and received the assistance that my family desperately needed. I received the assistance very quickly Alhamdulillah. They have also helped me get much needed assistance with my medications that I would otherwise not have been able to get. If I had not been able to get those medications, I would have been in a very serious medical condition. I am diabetic, have asthma as well as other conditions. Those medications were a lifesaver, and I do not say that lightly.
What I love about Surayya Anne Foundation is that a Muslim foundation, run by Muslim women with generous donations from the Muslim community. The Foundation helps Muslim clients as well as clients of other faiths. Anyone who is a client of the Surayya Anne Foundation will be treated with respect, compassion and your case is CONFIDIENTIAL. The Foundation is about empowering others. They will follow up with you and you will find emotional support whatever your situation is. As well as helping with assistance for bills and medical care, the Foundation offers scholarships, assistance with food, as well as many other things. I highly recommend Surayya Anne Foundation as a place where you can give charity and not have to worry about where your money is going.
Abdullah bin `Umar (R.A) reported that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) of Allah said: “The best of companions with Allah is the one who is best to his companions, and the best of neighbors to Allah is the one who is the best of them to his neighbor”. (Tirmidhi) Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (R.A) and Aisha (R.A) related Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) saying as: “Angel Jibril (AS) kept exhorting me about (the rights of) the neighbor so much so that I thought that the neighbor might be included as one of the heirs.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
In these Hadith as well as many others that mentions the rights of neighbors, regardless of their faith tradition or no faith tradition. By assisting people of all faiths, Surayya Anne Foundation is following the example of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Also, “When one passes away, their good deeds will also come to an end except for three: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for them (for the deceased)” Narrated by Abu Hurairah, Sahih Muslim
Sadaqah Jariyah includes beneficial knowledge. Truly, Surayya Anne Foundation has empowered me and others in ways that only Allah SWT knows what truly amazing things will be waiting for them on the Day of Judgement. Sincerely, Truly thankful Sister M
Words will never explain how profound the impact that the Surayye Anna Foundation has had on my life. I do not know where I would be right now if it were not for the boundless love and support of SAF. Alhamdulillah. I was very worried for a long time about how I was going to get my life back on track in a place where I have very few resources and is so far away from my family. Now, I am working in my career field, saving money, and I am getting closer and closer every day to getting my family back together. I thank God every single day for the guidance and support that I have been given from the SAF.
What I love most about SAF is the sisterhood that I have found. So many other places that I went to for help post-incarceration were totally judgmental and not welcoming. My case manager Jenel Fatihah and intern April are sincere, kind, and warm. They give me the support I need to keep making progress and the guidance I need to become independent again. I feel like I always have someone close to me, emotionally, someone who really cares from a genuine place, and whose only ulterior motive is that I achieve my goals. It can be very hard to find a sisterhood in a place where you do not know very many people, particularly post-incarceration. I am beyond blessed to have such a powerful network of women around me.
I wish I were more verbose, or that I was eloquent enough to clearly and concisely explain what SAF means to me. I am on my way now to getting my son back, I am beginning an exciting career, and I am finding ways to give back to my community also. In a very short time, with some elbow grease, patience, and the support of the SAF, I have hit the ground running. Alhamdulillah. And I am eternally grateful to SAF.
Hi, My name is Misti. I wanted to thank the Foundation for the help with our electric bill. We had fallen into crisis mode. Our family had recently moved to Tulsa. We quickly found ourselves in need of help. If it were not for the foundation our family (parents and 6 children) would have had to go without power for over a month. It was such a relief to find someone who would help with no strings attached.
F o u n d a t i o n F a c t s !
In honor of the prophet Muhammad, pbuh, the Surayya Anne Foundation assists people of all faiths with the intention of spreading good will, love and compassion by improving the condition of our neighbors and making society a better place. Our diversity makes the Foundation unique in Oklahoma. We specialize in serving, empowering, uplifting and positively impacting the lives of people from a variety of cultures, ethnicities, and their respective languages worldwide. Clients served and volunteers originate from Bangladesh, Syria, Jordan, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Mexico, Malaysia, Iran, and America.
Crystal Isaacs was awarded the Surayya Anne Foundation’s 2017 scholarship award. She is attending school at TCC working towards her Bachelors in Nursing.