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We can only do it with your help!

Dear Friend,

This year, we worked with a Muslim woman we’ll call Saira who fled her country fearing for her life. Her only crime was that her mother dared to marry someone against her family’s wishes years before. After her parents died, first her maternal grand-parents and then uncle abused her as a punishment for her mother’s “crime.” Saira taught herself some English and computer skills and managed to secretly earn some money working from home. She saved the money and traveled to New York where she found her way to a legal firm who could help her apply for asylum.

This is when Turning Point stepped in.

We provided crucial support services to Saira to help her cope with the trauma she suffered over the years and worked closely with her attorney to build a strong case to advocate on her behalf. It paid off and Saira was granted asylum within a few months. She is now learning job skills, improving her English and, for the first time, is living a life free of violence and can dream of a new future.

It is stories like these that inspire the work we do at Turning Point. Our culturally sensitive programs for Muslim women include individual counseling, support groups, advocacy and referrals to legal aid and social services for those dealing with abuse. And, for over a year, we have been providing counseling to children traumatized by violence in their homes.

Women know they can rely on us. We have worked hard to earn that trust and we intend to keep it that way.

•With your help, we end the isolation of those in trouble.

•With your help, we continue to support women and girls as they find their own strength.

•With your help, we nurture our youth so they bloom into leaders of tomorrow.

•With your help, we strengthen families.

Please donate as generously as you can so we can continue to serve our communities.

On behalf of Turning Point, I send best wishes to you and yours for a joyous holiday season and a wonderful 2013.

Sincerely,

Robina Niaz

Executive Director

P.S. Please donate now! We cannot continue to provide crucial services to our community without wholehearted support from friends like you. Turning Point is a registered 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization and is zakat eligible. You can donate online at www.tpny.org or mail a check to: Turning Point, PO Box 670086, Flushing, NY 11367.

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