Wording for SNAP Presentation Slides
This is our mission. We are striving to give each woman the tools and environments they need
to be successful in life, family and community. Our mission allows us to spiritually uplift our
community, and work towards a greater good.
SNAP was started in 1999 as a grass-root organization by a group of sisters meeting monthly in
St. Paul to discuss their personal issues. As the meetings continued the issue of domestic abuse
began to rise and discuss more frequently. Our founder was a victim herself. The group
discovered there was no place for them to go as Muslim. No place for them to seek out resources
for them as a Muslim sister. Yes they knew there were programs out there to help the battered
women or mental health women, but what about the Muslim battered women, the Muslim
depressed woman. As these issues began unfolding the group decided to organized to be able to
help the sisters find her place in her emotional state. Thus became the name Sisters Need A
Place. Muslim sisters need a place, something to call their own for whatever they need, safety,
refugee, a getaway, motivate, etc. In 2004 we became 501c3, and have been operating as that
status since. The purpose of becoming a non-profit is to be able to seek out more resources for
our sisters in the struggle, but to be able to have available a place where some might want to give
back by volunteering.
In Spring of 2009 we began reorganizing our board and staff to become more effective to our
clients and community. We now have a full board of 7 and 3 staff. We are beginning to lay out
our programs to be more solid for the community needs and clients.
Who do we serve? These are just some of the clients that we serve, daily, monthly or yearly.
Our goal is to provide for the Muslim woman and her family however if there is a need we will
serve Non-Muslim women also.
Al-Maoon (Neighborly Assitance)
Triple W (working with women) program is where we work closely with the women in our
housing program or housing program. We are working on securing a place for transitional
housing and emergency housing. Currently we are working with shelters to speak with the
sisters on what they need in or out of the facilities, which we will continue to provide.
SOC (SNAP Open Circuit) this is where we are working with the community at large to provide
information and provide support such as what I am doing now.
Circle Bazaar –this program is designed for a future small business owner. Where they will
borrow from us to start their business and their loan repayment will be given to another small
business owner and than the cycle starts over.
SNAP is striving to be the first place for the Muslim sister to find her oasis. Problems get to be
so much for an individual, now take that times 2 or 3 or even 4; depending on however many
children a woman has. Too many times women hold their emotions in for fear of causing more
problems in their lives. However in reality women need a place to just be them selves, to just let
go and allow them to resolve their own problems in their own way. Of course everyone could
use some healthy options for dealing with difficult emotions. Because there are so many options
and resources for those who are hurting spiritually and emotionally they just need to find them.