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Turning Point’s 2014 Annual Ramadan Iftar!




Please Join Us!

Saturday July 12, 2014

7:00-10:30 pm

The Prince George Ballroom

15 East 27th Street, New York, NY


 An inspirational and enjoyable evening with


Translator of  The Sublime Quran

Performance by Comedian Atheer Yacoub

Adhan by Zuhair Hussaini

Maghrib Prayers led by Umair Khan

Remarks by Fatima Shama

 Delicious food by Chal Chilli Restaurant of Manhattan





Early Bird: $125 (July 3)

General: $150 (July 4-12)

Table of 10: $1,250

(If you’d like a table, please email or call 718-883-9400)

We look forward to seeing you!

Host Committee: Amira Ammar, Ameena Meer, Asma Muzaffar, Ayesha Kiani, Fatima Shama, Hina Chaudhry, Humeyra Celikel, Khadija Fajry, Maureen Ahmed, Raana Imtiaz Khan, Rani Nazim, Robina Niaz & Shireen Soliman    

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Turning Point for Women and Families receives the Joan H.Tisch Prize from Hunter College




Turning Point for Women and Families, Independence Care System’s Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities, and Robert Cordero of CitiWide Harm Reduction Receive Third Annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House


(New York, NY – June 7, 2013) –Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab hosted a ceremony at Hunter’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute to announce the recipients of the third annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. The 2013 recipients are Turning Point for Women and Families, Independence Care System’s (ICS) Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities, and Robert Cordero, Executive Director of CitiWide Harm Reduction.The prize, which was presented June 6th at Roosevelt House, is administered by Hunter College and is awarded to not-for-profit organizations and individuals for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health.

The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize is a component of the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project, based at Hunter College and made possible with a five-year grant of over $1 million from her children Steve Tisch, Laurie M. Tisch, and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch. The other components are the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellowship in Public Health and the Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum.

The winners, chosen by a committee composed of Hunter College faculty and representatives from the health policy and advocacy communities and led by Roosevelt House Interim Director Jonathan Fanton, will each receive a prize of $10,000.

“This year’s winners, individually and collectively, work to meet the specific health care needs of New York’s diverse, urban population,” said Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab.  “Hunter is proud to be at the forefront of increasing access to health care and of celebrating others, like our award recipients, who share this commitment. Our thanks, as always, to the Tisch family for their generosity, public-spiritedness, and dedication to improving the lives of  New Yorkers.”

“My mother has long dedicated herself to improving the quality of life for all  New Yorkers through proactive medical care and these honorees represent her same values, dedication and passion,” said Steve Tisch. “This year’s honorees, Turning Point for Women and Families, Independence Care System’s Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities, and Robert Cordero, Executive Director of CitiWide Harm Reduction have helped save thousands of New Yorkers’  lives through their work and I know they will continue to do amazing work for New Yorkers in need.”

Turning Point for Women and Families is a grassroots, community-based organization in Queens addressing the needs of Muslim women and children through crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, outreach, education and training. Responding to the wide gap between needs and services available to the Muslim community, it offers culturally competent services, especially in the area of domestic violence. Its Youth Program offers Muslim girls leadership trainings and a supportive peer network through which they build their self-confidence. It has served over 750 Muslim women, girls and children since its inception in 2004, most of them recent immigrants, coming from over 30 different countries.

“As a Hunter graduate, I am deeply honored that my alma mater has chosen to recognize a small, grassroots organization like Turning Point for Women and Families,” said RobinaNiaz, Executive Director of Turning Point for Women and Families. “It reflects the commitment of both the Tisch Family and Hunter College to New York’s growing immigrant population and to helping address the complex issues each community faces. Domestic violence is a problem that every community faces and has far reaching effects on health. Turning Point is the first non-profit to address domestic violence in the Muslim community and the Joan H. Tisch Health Prize sends a very positive message of support to our under-resourced community.”

Independence Care System’s (ICS) Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities was launched in 2008 to address the health disparities found among low-income women with physical disabilities in New York City who have been largely excluded from this necessary screening procedure. ICS created and tested a model to increase access by partnering with two facilities—one community-based, the other a hospital–in Manhattan to identify and reduce the multiple, persistent barriers to breast cancer screening for women with physical disabilities. Due to its success, the project was recently expanded to include other gynecological care for women with physical disabilities and now includes additional partner facilities in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

“On behalf of our Breast Cancer Screening Project, our Women’s Health program, and all of us at Independence Care System, I want to extend our deep gratitude to Hunter College and the Tisch family for this great honor,” said Marilyn E. Saviola, Senior Vice President of Advocacy and the Women’s Health Program, of ICS.“By recognizing our Project’s contribution to reducing health disparities and improving access to crucial health services for low-income women with physical disabilities in New York City, the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize not only raises awareness of the health care needs of a greatly neglected population; it also increases the likelihood that real progress, at last, can begin to be made.  For historically, when we talked about disparities in access to health care, we seldom heard people with disabilities mentioned.  This Prize—devoted, as it is, to improving urban public health—is helping, right now, to change that conversation.”

Robert Corderohas devoted much of his career to working with people impacted by HIV/AIDS and helping to prevent the spread of the disease. He is Executive Director of CitiWide Harm Reduction in the South Bronx, which works to improve the health, social and economic status of active drug users who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. CitiWide helps to keep everyone safer by curbing the transmission of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C through needle exchange, testing and other health and social services. Mr. Cordero stood out for his leadership in guiding CitiWide to fiscal and program stability. CitiWide serves about 2,900 people at risk for and living with HIV/AIDS, including the homeless, injection drug users, and sex workers.

“I am deeply grateful to the Tisch family, the award committee, and the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College for recognizing our groundbreaking work to improve the lives of drug users who are homeless and unstably housed in the South Bronx,” said Mr. Cordero. “We are at a unique time in the history of fighting poverty, homelessness, addiction and illness; with an opportunity to dramatically impact the health status of the most marginalized individuals and communities in New York City. The Community Health Prize will be immediately utilized to further build CitiWide Harm Reduction’s program model, community leadership and sustainability.”

Our 5th Annual Mecca to Manhattan: Muslim Women Moving Mountains Series A Huge Success!

On April 20, 2013 we celebrated the successful completion of Turning Point’s 5th Annual Mecca to Manhattan: Muslim Women Moving Mountains® (M2M) leadership training program. Twenty one girls and young women participated and 19 graduated – this is the highest number of graduates we’ve ever had in the last 5 years! Our committed and passionate Youth Leader, Maha Akhtar worked hard to plan, organize and coordinate the 8-week workshop series, each facilitated by a young, accomplished professional Muslim woman. Among them was our very first Youth Leader, Moumita Zaman who envisioned and started the M2M program five years ago. Our special thanks to Maha and to all the talented and wonderful facilitators who volunteered their time and energy and helped us make M2M a phenomenal success. Executive Director, Robina Niaz congratulated all the participants and thanked staff, volunteers and the wonderful young professionals who facilitated the eight workshops. She asked the girls how many of them thought they could be leaders on M2M’s opening day – just 4 raised their hands and when she asked how many now believed they could be leaders all of them raised their hands!! Here’s what  some of our young participants had to say: Misbah Awan gave an emotional speech at the graduation ceremony and said “ I’d like to thank each and every one of you guys for being my friend through the M2M workshops. Believe it or not, you all taught me something new about myself and about you. Same goes for the workshop facilitators. You wouldn’t believe how much I’ve thought of how I can leave my mark in this world.” “I wanted to learn more about women leadership and that’s what M2M taught me about.” “I wanted to learn more about women leadership and that’s what M2M taught me about.” “I met many new people, learned about different fields, and had tons of fun!” “I did become better at sharing my ideas and opened to different possibilities.” “Our participants this year were truly inspiring to work with, as driven and passionate individuals full of high aspirations,” said Maha Akhtar, our Youth Leader. The participants demonstrated excellence throughout the program. Five participants were recognized for 100% attendance and punctuality and eight for helping raise funds for Turning Point. Our heartfelt congratulations to all the participants! We are truly proud of each one of them and look forward to seeing them in leadership roles as they serve our community and make New York City a better place for all. Our grateful thanks to our partners, Women’s eNews for their consistent support over the last three years.



“…Caught in a highly abusive relationship it seemed all doors were closed…Turning point was the hand that pulled me out, gave me my strength back, showed me the path and gave me my life back. Today I am leading a very happy peaceful life, raising two normal healthy kids and everyday that passes by I am grateful. "


“I think it’s a great place to find hardcore knowledge and amazing stories with much truth. A secure space to meet and really open up and relate with other youth…”


“Thanks to Turning Point's vision of serving ALL Muslims ….I know when I reach there I will always be greeted with a warm smile, be understood and receive the spiritual support I need,…For the first time I feel as though I can trust somebody that means the world to me.”


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