July 29, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

Thank you for taking part in our "Welcome Home Project" event this past weekend. This Sunday we will have a tafseer from Asim Buyuksoy and a presentation on "Men's Health" from Dr. Salman Khan from NISWA.

We look forward to seeing you.

In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
Tarek Shawky

Salam Al-Marayati

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (July 22)

Hassan Zeenni - "Peace Trumps Violence"

Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(7/29 - 7/31)

FRIDAY (7/29)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Tarek Shawky

5:00 a.m. 
Saturday Morning Circle
Recitation, Reflection, Breakfast
Asim Buyuksoy
10:00 a.m. ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (7/31)
11:15 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Asim Buyuksoy
"Love for God's Sake"
12:00 p.m. - Special Program
Dr. Salman Khan | NISWA
"Men's Health"

Next Week
(8/1 - 8/7)

6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

FRIDAY (8/5)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Salam Al-Marayati

5:00 a.m.  
Saturday Morning Circle
Recitation, Reflection, Breakfast
Asim Buyuksoy
10:00 a.m. ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.
7:00 a.m. - Spiritual Night
Speaker - Dr. Saleh Kholaki
"Keeping the Ramadan Spirit Alive"

SUNDAY (8/7)
11:15 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Mahmood Waseeq
12:00 p.m. - Speaker
Dr. Saleh Kholaki
"The Prophet: Example of Anti-Violence and Anti-Racism"

Community Cornercommunitycorner
"Welcome Home Project"
By Kristen Stangas (Communications Coordinator)
On Sunday, July 24, MPAC and Daniel Tamm from the L.A. Mayor's Office welcomed us to a conversation about homelessness and a new initiative that Mayor Garcetti is facilitating with people from communities all over Los Angles. Over the next year, he has a goal to house 500 homeless individuals through what he calls, the "Welcome Home Project."
As we learned in this conversation, permanent supportive housing is believed to be the solution to ending homelessness in Los Angeles. Most homeless individuals need more than just housing, they need resources beyond that to become self-sustainable. In order to do this, a permanent stream of funding is critical. This issue is complex and it requires money to continue supporting this effort. Looking out at the crowd, Tamm said, 
"The Mayor, city council and state legislators are all working together to solve this problem and we are grateful that you are awake and here to take action towards making an impact."

Next, Alisa Orduna, an Analyst on Homelessness for the L.A. Mayor's Office, discussed some of the reasons behind our homelessness crisis.
"Homelessness is about disconnection in our society - it's about stigma, it's about bias. We have few conversations about connection and that's what we need. Learning about who people are, what their names are, and what ruptured between them and society is key to understanding how they ended up on the streets." 

In Los Angeles, we currently do not have enough resources to keep people off the streets. Our streets are the largest shelter that we have and it clearly doesn't serve the needs of our homeless population. To further complicate things, our police force is actually our largest outreach team. Many homeless individuals have been incarcerated - some of them are trying to come back into society and there is a stigma and there is racism. First, let's have a conversation to get to know one another, then let's go out to the streets and finally let's advocate for more mental health resources.

Continuing this conversation is going to require us to release some of the fear we have inside. We will have to acknowledge our own bias and be willing to learn about the uncomfortable and unknown. Walking into this space is the only way to effectively make a change and have the necessary vulnerable conversations. Ending homelessness in Los Angeles will be a team effort - we will all need to come together in order to work towards a solution.
Learn more about the "Welcome Home Project" on Mayor Garcetti's website.
Guests in attendance at our "Welcome Home Project" on July 24

Did you miss the event? Watch it below!
Video from "Welcome Home Project"
What's new in our community?
ICSC Food PantryFoodPantry
Volunteers preparing for the food pantry
For the past 10 years, ICSC has been serving groceries to the local community.  Each weekend, approximately 25 volunteers meet in our cafeteria to take part in this event.  We have partnered with HopeNet to provide high quality food such as organic meat and fresh produce. If you are interested in being a part of our team, come join us at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday! Doors open to the public at 10:30 a.m. View recent photos from our Food Pantry
Want to get involved?volunteers

We're working on updating our volunteer database right now.  If you are interested in sharing your time and talents with ICSC, please send us an email with your name, phone number, and email address to let us know how you want to get involved. Contact Kristen Stangas


Current Volunteer Opportunities
  • Sign-In Table assistance is needed at various events 
  • Greeters at our Friday Prayers and Sunday Program
  • Experienced photographers to help take photos at our events
  • Do you like to COOK? We are looking for help in the kitchen at some upcoming events.
  • Experienced babysitters to help with children at events

Prayer Timesprayers
We are open for prayers five times a day, every day.  Iqama is ten minutes after the athan is called.  You can find prayer times on our website.

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