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Urgent Action Fund-- for Sikh Family Center Helpline

A project of Sikh Family Center
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San Carlos, California, US
$14,456pledged of $30,000 goal
$14,456goal: $30,000
35donors
Yes tax deductible
Ongoing
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Through Sikh Family Center's National (free, private, and bilingual) Helpline, sangat members receive services in Punjabi and English including crisis intervention, appropriate referrals, and advocacy that increases the range of options for those most vulnerable. 

Our Helpline has seen as many calls in this first half of 2021 as in the entire 2020 (that was already our busiest year!). We note this is good news--as hard as the individual situations are, folks are reaching out for support and realize they are not alone!

Our non-Emergency Helpline is answered by trained peer counselors (40+ hours of SFC specialized training) committed to supporting community members facing or fearing any threats to their health, safety, and/or security. We trained 13 new Peer Counselors in 2021!

Now we seek to boost our Urgent Action Fund to cover expenses for time-sensitive financial support and services we provide to our callers, including:

  • New Phones (e.g. recently to a woman being stalked)
  • Phone card (E.g. to an immigrant survivor of domestic violence)
  • Motel costs (E.g. ten days of stay for mom and child when no shelter beds were available in her neighboring counties)
  • Low Bono/discounted assessment & counseling services (e.g. for a child trauma survivor)
  • Legal filing fees (e.g. emergency petitions)
  • Short-term Rental Assistance 

OUR DRIVING BELIEF: Various social and cultural barriers prevent the equitable, just, healthy and strong Sikh panth envisioned by the Gurus.

ONE of our key strategies is to sustain and enhance quality Helpline peer counselor support for survivors of violence and other forms of trauma.

Anticipated Results: *Community members of all ages know help is available and become more likely to overcome shame and fear of reaching out when faced with challenges. *Voices and experiences of the most impacted informs SFC strategies. *Survivors of violence feel heard, supported, empowered to make informed choices and their immediate needs for protection are met more often. 

  • 01/26/2022

    Impactful, trauma-centered services

    Happy New Year!

    Thank you so much for being a part of the change we all seek to make in our community.

    Have you seen our new video


    When we assess the impact of our intervention services (including our Nationwide, Non-emergency Helpline), we imagine where an individual was before they reached out to Sikh Family Center and where they are after they have received supportive and trauma-centered services through us. 

    • Do they feel empowered or heard? 
    • Are they more aware of local resources available to them? 
    • Are they given information to make an informed decision based on their circumstances?  
    • Have they developed trust to call us again, whenever they may be ready? 

    The peer counselors we train and coordinate do all of this and more while providing culturally-aware  responses to anyone who calls our free, non-emergency, bilingual, and private Helpline. 

     

    We wanted you to hear from our Peer Counselors:

    "Alone and trying to navigate a foreign system during your darkest days can be overwhelming. Alone because you don't have a single supportive person in this country. Like the caller we had, pregnant and abandoned by her husband.

    Or, then alone because you are surrounded by so many family and friends but don't feel like you can turn to them for help. Like callers we have who perhaps seem so 'connected' to those who don't really know what's going on in their lives...

    They turn to Sikh Family Center.

    Although strangers, I believe I am a familiar voice... Someone they have never met but feel connected to and trust.

    I provide guidance, a connection to resources, support, motivation and hope."

    The ongoing contributions of generous and justice-minded sangat like you make this seva possible! We thank you for being part of the solution. Together, we are so much stronger and safer!

Name Donation Date
J. K. $100.00 May 2022
J. K. $100.00 April 2022
Jennifer Doss $50.00 March 2022
J. K. $100.00 March 2022
Hope Kahan $150.00 March 2022
J. K. $100.00 February 2022
Laura Walker $150.00 February 2022
Royal Kelly $75.00 February 2022
Anureeeeeeeet Kaur $100.00 January 2022
J. K. $100.00 January 2022
Sarav Paul Singh $100.00 December 2021
Tejinder Singh Hazra $100.00 December 2021
Ripu Daman Singh $50.00 December 2021
Nitasha Sawhney $1,000.00 December 2021
Jalmeen Arora $100.00 December 2021
B. K. $1,000.00 December 2021
Rubin Paul Singh $100.00 December 2021
Raveena Rihal $500.00 December 2021
Anonymous $50.00 December 2021
J. K. $100.00 December 2021
Amrita Hanjrah $500.00 December 2021
G. K. $500.00 November 2021
Anonymous $50.00 November 2021
Anonymous $500.00 November 2021
Arvinderpal Wander $300.00 November 2021
Yashpal Bains $51.00 November 2021
Jagmeet Khangura $100.00 November 2021
Simran Kaur & Deepak Ahluwalia $500.00 November 2021
Vikram Singh $100.00 November 2021
Jasmina Chhabra Desai $150.00 November 2021
Diana Shaw $100.00 November 2021
H. G. $100.00 November 2021
Jasmine Hanjrah $250.00 November 2021
Match Fund $100.00 November 2021
Balbir Singh $1,600.00 November 2021
Match Fund $15.00 November 2021
Navdeep Kaur $15.00 November 2021
Match Fund $150.00 November 2021
Amarjit K. Pannu $150.00 November 2021
Match Fund $400.00 November 2021
Gurtejpal Cheema $500.00 November 2021
Match Fund $400.00 November 2021
Anonymous $400.00 November 2021
Match Fund $150.00 November 2021
G. P. $150.00 November 2021
Match Fund $400.00 November 2021
Harpreet Singh $2,500.00 November 2021
Match Fund $100.00 November 2021
Anonymous $100.00 November 2021

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