Recently our team member Beenish Mahmood interviewed Yasmine Youssef from Nisa Homes.
Nisa Homes is the first group of transitional homes in Canada providing safety, shelter & support to women & children experiencing domestic abuse, poverty, homelessness or seeking asylum.
Yasmine Youssef is the National Manager of Nisa Homes (just on a little “break” at the moment known as maternity leave), the largest group of shelters for Muslim women and children in Canada. Passionate about social service work, she joined Nisa Homes in 2015, and has since then led the successful growth of the organization to help establish homes in four cities across Canada. Dedicated to empowering at-risk women and children, she is on a mission to challenge social stigmas, raise awareness about violence against women while also trying to tame her energetic toddler.
Nisa Homes was born out of a need to support the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our community. After conducting a feasibility study, we found that in order to be more proactive in supporting women and children in restarting their lives after experiencing trauma or homelessness, a model that provided a safe home to heal, support services to rebuild and opportunities to flourish upon moving out into the community.
This home is a centre of empowerment where the vulnerable are given hope, the broken are rebuilt and the helpless are given their dignity.
Nisa Homes is a place for women to live comfortably and feel safe in a supportive home environment, to explore their cultural identity, and to directly connect with their community. Culture is vital to immigrant, refugee and Muslim women, and as such we work hard to provide them with a sense of self and personal identity. By providing this environment we hope to enable women to feel safe and supported to develop the tools needed to achieve independence and self-sustainability.
Over the past years, Nisa Homes with its programs and services, has helped women and children in restarting their lives after experiencing trauma or homelessness by providing shelter, support and financial assistance.
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Here is a video of the interview:
About the Interviewer:
Beenish Mahmood is a member of the contributors team for MuslimMoms.Ca. She is an Administrative professional with years of experience working with children with special needs. She also volunteers at Literacy South Halton tutoring adults with Down Syndrome and Learning Difficulties. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, travelling, and serving the community.