Los Angeles Chapter - Human Dignity and Social Justice for All
"They ask thee what they should spend in charity. Say: Whatever wealth you spend that is good, is for parents and kindred, and orphans, and those in want, and for wayfarers. And whatever you do that is good, God knoweth it well" - The Quran, Chapter 2, verse 215
In this aya, three questions arise in charity: (1) What shall we give? (2) To whom shall we give? (3) How shall we give? The answer is here. Give anything that is good, useful, helpful, valuable. It may be property or money; it may be a helping hand; it may be advice; it may be a kind word; "whatever you do that is good" is charity. It is in this spirit that MPV Unity mosque joins Family Promise in order to emphasize our universal brotherhood, community service, and mutual cooperation under one God.
What is Family Promise Interfaith Hospitality Network?
A mother loses her job, a father is kept from working by an injury, a family is forced from their home by fire or natural disaster. Healthcare costs soar, public transportation is underfunded, affordable housing is almost impossible to find. These are the reasons why families now make up 40 percent of the homeless population, and why one out of every four homeless people is a child.
In response to this crisis, the Family Promise Interfaith Hospitality Network brings the faith community together to help families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity. IHN is a partnership of congregations within a community helping families who are facing homelessness. It offers an opportunity for volunteers of all faiths to reduce homelessness and transform lives.
As part of the Interfaith Hospitality Network, MPV Unity Mosque helps contribute toward mobilizing community resources for the homeless: houses of worship for lodging, congregations for volunteers, social service agencies for assessment and referrals, and existing facilities for day programs. Nearly 50,000 children and adults have been served by more than 5,000 multi-faith congregations.
Please click on the links below to read a quick summary of program benefits and breakdown of what a typical host week looks like for our homeless families and volunteers.