2017 Mecca to Manhattan Participants

Our popular Mecca to Manhattan: Muslim Women Moving Mountains® workshop series has been held every spring from February to April since 2009.

Healthy Families Initiative’s “Mothering Ourselves” Event

On May 19, 2012, Healthy Family Initiatives of Rhode Island hosted the event "Mothering Ourselves": An Intimate Conversation with Robina Niaz. As guest speaker, Niaz spoke to a gathering of 43 wonderful women about domestic violence.

Road Map 2012 “Women Shaping Society” Award

Executive Director, Robina Niaz received the 2012 Road Map Women Shaping Society Award from the Federation of Balkan American Associations in September 2012

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Turning Point is a community based, non profit organization addressing the needs of Muslim women and children.

What we do

Direct Services

Free and confidential counseling, advocacy and referral services for women and children affected by domestic violence are provided by culturally and religiously sensitive staff. We work to seek solutions together and assist women and girls to empower themselves so they can become their own best advocates.

Youth Program

Weekly youth group meetings for teenage Muslim girls in a nurturing “safe space” where they learn to cope with personal issues and social pressures they face growing up in America. Youth members develop self-esteem, confidence, leadership and communication skills, the value of social justice, community service and interfaith work through our workshops, trainings and events.

Outreach & Education

We work with community leaders and various community organizations to raise awareness and sensitize them to the impact violence has on women, children, families as well as the larger community. We build on our extensive community contacts for outreach, training, and capacity building.

Social Work/Internship

We provide supervised internship opportunities to aspiring social workers who wish to work with Muslim women and families. In order to overcome the severe shortage of social workers in the Muslim community, we encourage Muslim students to pursue social work as a profession.