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A non-profit group in San Francisco has stepped up for the cause of domestic violence survivors by donating seed money to a voluntary organization, Narika, to set up a Transitional Home (TH) in Alameda County, California.
Indians for Collective Action (ICA), a non-profit organization committed to empowering communities, has announced its partnership with Narika of the Bay Area. The collaboration, said ICA, aims to offer a haven for survivors of domestic violence and their children, empowering them to rebuild their lives with courage and resilience.
Narika was founded in 1992 by a group of immigrant women, who identified the need for support for domestic violence survivors in the local communities of the Bay Area. These women opened the doors of Narika by use of an informal familial model of service, engaging survivors of domestic violence as sisters rather than clients, and providing assistance in several different languages. Their initiative has evolved into an organized non-profit that serves the Bay Area.
Narika’s Transitional Home is being considered a groundbreaking initiative that will provide a comprehensive housing program to survivors, equipping them with the necessary tools and support to embark on a journey of healing and self-sufficiency. The collaboration between ICA and Narika, along with other seed funders, underscores a shared commitment to addressing the critical issue of domestic violence and its lasting impact on individuals and communities.
“For ICA, this partnership represents a significant milestone in their ongoing mission to honor, inspire, and empower non-profit organizations in both India and the United States. By coming together and supporting initiatives like Narika’s Transitional Home, ICA remains dedicated to creating positive change and fostering resilient communities,” said a statement released by ICA.
Reshma Nigam, Vice President of ICA, expressed her enthusiasm about the partnership with Narika: “The Transitional Home established by Narika is an important step in our collective efforts to support survivors of domestic violence. Through this collaboration, we are proud to contribute to the creation of a safe and nurturing environment where survivors and their children can rebuild their lives and emerge as strong individuals.”
Survivors residing at Narika’s Transitional Home will benefit from a comprehensive program tailored to their specific needs. In addition to providing secure housing, the program will encompass holistic case management services, including access to mental health resources, therapy, job training, economic assistance, and guidance in obtaining and maintaining long-term housing. By offering a combination of essential resources and support, Narika and ICA aim to empower survivors to reclaim their independence and create a brighter future for themselves and their families.
Sanjay Singh, President of Narika said, “With the opening of our first Transitional Home Narika is finally able to fulfill our long-awaited goal of providing a culturally responsive housing program for survivors of domestic violence. We are very grateful to ICA and to all our other seed funders and supporters who have come together to make this happen. We must continue to build meaningful collaborations and step up to support survivors in our community.”