Muslim Community Support Services Newsletter

Afghan Refugee Relief Update:

Afghan evacuees in the USA are continuing to struggle. They face uncertainty in all areas of basic needs: food, long-term housing, medical care, employment, and education. To date, more than 500 Afghans have arrived in Austin and 200 more are expected to arrive this year. 

Our team is working hard to help with the Afghan resettlement efforts. Our focus has been two-fold the past few months:

To identify and support families with new and expectant mothers. Many expectant mothers have not been seen by medical professionals even in their late stages of pregnancy. Our goal is to connect them to suitable agencies in Austin as well as supply them with necessary mother and baby items.

Our second area of focus has been providing food relief. Many families are facing food shortages; some don't have kitchens to cook, and many have inadequate funds to feed their families. MCSS is stepping in to bridge the gap and ensure there is enough for everyone. 

We have: 

  • Mobilized government and agency support for families with new and expectant mothers (WIC and Family Connects)
  • Provided expectant mothers with post-partum kits, Pack and Plays, car seats, and strollers
  • Connected families to NAMCC-ICNA Food bank to have groceries delivered/picked up
  • Provided $8235 in food vouchers to Halal grocery stores Afghan Families in November and December
  • Provided $5,000 in HEB gift cards to Afghan Families in November and December
  • Provided $2500 in groceries directly to families 

We have pledged to donate $10,000 to Appetite for Humanity to provide Welcome Meals, and the first week of groceries for each new Afghan family. We also have pledged $2,000 to Ladies Let's Talk to provide undergarments and socks for Afghan's in need of clothing.

We continue to work closely with NAMCC Social Services, NAMCC-ICNA Food Bank, Austin Jews and Partners for Refugees, Global Impact Initiative and Refugee Services of Texas. We thank our partners for their constant effort and collaborative spirit! 

None of this is possible without your support. Your donations directly impact the lives of hundreds of resettled Afghans in Austin. Thank you!

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Get Involved 

We are looking for volunteers! Here are some ways to help out with the Afghan relief effort:

1. Enroll in Salaam Neighbors:
A three month program where a team of volunteers will guide, mentor and befriend an Afghan family as they adjust to their life in Austin. Become a Salaam Neighbor!  For more information click here

2. Medical Missions for Momma-to-be:
We need female volunteer drivers to pick-up and drop-off expectant/new moms to their medical appointments. Email if you are interested. 

3. Volunteer Missions:
Do you have some time to drive an Afghan to an appointment? Pick up a a family from the airport? Help deliver clothing/meals to a family?  We have many volunteer missions! Email if you are interested in learning more.

4. Volunteer at the NAMCC-ICNA Food Bank The food banks provides more than 200 boxes per week to families in Austin. This is a great opportunity for teens! Sign up here:  NAMCC-ICNA Food Bank

5. Register as a volunteer with Refugee Services of Texas :
Their next volunteer information session is on February 1st, at 2pm-4pm. Sign up here: Refugee Services of Texas

6. Fundraise for us!
Share a fundraiser on Facebook and spread awareness about our mission to your friends and family. 

Please feel free to reach out with any questions. Thank you for supporting us!

Peace and blessings,

The MCSS Team
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Donation Receipts

If you need a donation receipt for a donation of $250 or greater, please email to request a receipt. You may also request a receipt for in-kind donations. 


Our mailing address is:
13492 Research Blvd; Suite 120 - #662, Austin, TX 78750. 


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