ISOS collaborates with a network of non-profit organizations and community service groups to assist those facing periods of challenge in gaining self reliance through financial assistance and access to public assistance targeted to their needs and goals.
Following are the primary areas of service rendered by ISOS:
Sponsors and assist refugees in acclimating themselves within a designated timeframe until they become self-sufficient.
ISOS Provides assistance when misfortunate occurs, such as inability to pay bills due to loss of income and family abandonment.
ISOS requires those receiving assistance to be an Oregonian/SW Washingtonian
resident; sponsored by another agency to validate the need and to provide a self sufficiency plan.
Between 15-30 cases served monthly. Majority of the cases are due to loss of jobs; domestic violence; insufficient
disability funds; and refugee resettlement. Services were provided to both Muslims and non-Muslims in need that are
sponsored by an agency to confirm legitimacy of the need. With the increase of housing rents, the need for subsidizing
rent support has not only increased, but the average amount requested has at least doubled. Increases of requests are
coming primarily from refugees. The state is struggling with the housing issue and how to best address it with the
insufficient funds provided. With that issue, we also face an increase of requests to help those that are also nonMuslims
from being homeless.
Assists as arbitrators and facilitators when family separation, dispute and death occur.
Oregon Food Bank (Providing Food for Those in Need):
ISOS is collaborating with Oregon Food Bank with delivery
of food to the mosque on the last Friday of the month to conveniently serve those in need, including providing fresh
produce. Omar Shabazz and Marion Dawan have been instrumental with leading the distribution efforts for Masjed