As of January 2020, the last time such a census was taken, California had an estimated 161,548 people experiencing homelessness on any given day. Furthermore, the most recent California Poverty Measure data show that about one in six Californians did not have enough resources to meet their basic needs.
Continuing an interfaith partnership that started in 2021, Project Rise volunteers from the Dawoodi Bohra community of San Francisco – who worship and meet at Mohammedi Masjid in Fremont – collaborated once again with their Jewish neighbors from Temple Beth Torah to deliver hundreds of snack and hygiene packs to Abode Services for distribution to unhoused populations throughout the region. The collection effort began during the culturally significant days of Ramadan, Purim and Passover – with delivery of the items in the weeks that followed.
Yusuf Asgerally, a Dawoodi Bohra volunteer and long-time project lead said, “Joining hands with our interfaith partners to support those in need is something we look forward to every year. It’s exceptionally meaningful during spiritually significant times for our respective faiths. We’re honored to give back to our friends and neighbors and are so proud of the work Abode Services does in our region.”
Each food and hygiene pack contained water, snacks as well as washcloths, toothbrushes, and soap for distribution by Abode Services. The packages were prepared by children from each community, guided by parents, teachers, and other adult volunteers.
As part of the global Project Rise initiative, Dawoodi Bohra communities throughout the world are leading projects to combat hunger, provide shelter, and support dignity for the less fortunate. The community’s work for unhoused populations in the Bay Area follow the Dawoodi Bohras’ efforts to ensure improved socio-economic conditions for children and families the world over.