Tampa, FL women’s support group expands at request from CAIR
Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 7, 2016
Radiant Hands now takes care of Muslim refugees at the request of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Is this a new model we can expect to see elsewhere? Usually a US State Department contractor and its local subcontractor are paid to take care of refugees. Do we now have a cottage industry of non-profit agencies growing up around the primary refugee industry? And, who pays Radiant Hands?
So much for assimilation if there are non-profits (most likely getting taxpayer dollars) that focus exclusively on one ethnic group of people. I wonder what would happen if the Salvation Army said they only wanted to help American-born Christians?
From Tampa Bay Times:
Radiant Hands initially provided individual counseling for women and families. But now 80 percent of the nonprofit’s clientele are Muslim and Arabic-speaking refugees.
Saleh, an Egyptian Muslim raised in the United States, said she never expected to be serving the refugee community, a group she never knew existed. She is also the director at Bayaan Academy Home School Co-op.
Her clientele shifted in August 2015 when CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group that works to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America, asked her to help refugees from Muslim or Arabic-speaking countries.
She got her first family in October and her organization has now taken in and helped 110 refugee families. The newest family came in on Wednesday, she said.
Most refugees are from Afghanistan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Iraq and Syria. Radiant Hands helps the families settle in for up to a year.
Many are either severely ill or have disabilities, Saleh said.
“They’re coming for health and education,” she said. [Technically refugees come because they can prove they are PERSECUTED, not for simply a helping hand, but nobody is following the law anymore!—ed]
The hardest part is getting the refugees to learn English, she said. [Why bother if you aren’t working and are collecting disability?—ed]
A partnership with Lutheran Services Florida helps the refugees find jobs. The CARIBE program, an adult education project funded by the Florida Department of Children and Family Services, offers free English classes and Radiant Hands provides transportation for them, Saleh said.
Are taxpayers paying for any of this?
If you live in Florida, please do some research and find out if taxpayer dollars are funding ‘Radiant Hands’. Just as I was wrapping up I came across their facebook page and information on a program they did in January—family safety, okay.
I was thinking maybe a program on turning off the stove before leaving the house, or keeping your smoke detectors in good working order. NO! the “safety program” is described as this (WTH!):
Radiant Hands hosted a Family Safety Seminar on January 9, 2016 which addressed numerous safety issues in our local Muslim community.
The first part of the seminar addressed Islamophobia and featured presentations from CAIR and a law enforcement representative. The topics ranged from how to cope with Islamophobia from a legal standpoint from CAIR staff, as well as practical tips from a retired correctional officer, whose expertise stems from experience after the September 11, 2001 tragedy in New York.
After Part I of the seminar there was a martial arts demonstration and lunch was served.
Sheesh! Was taxpayer money used for this?
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