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Indianapolis Mosque Making a Difference For Domestic Violence Survivors

If giving back to community is a tenet of faith, then Tynnetta Muhammad practices it regularly for her Indianapolis mosque. A recent volunteer at Coburn Place Safe Haven, she has recruited upwards of a dozen people to spend time with residents offering courses on culture, safety and the basics of home keeping. Coburn Place offers transitional housing to families affected by domestic violence.

It's a stepping stone to safe passage to a new life. Tynnetta said she found an instant connection to the families here, who remain in transitional housing for up to two years. “I was interested in a place that served women, and Coburn Place had the most open arms,” she said. Muhammad Mosque No. 74 is in close proximity to Coburn, making it a quick ride to the Northside residence for evening classes. Sharing the Muslim faith, the mosque volunteers are also able to inform the families how to create meatless dishes on a budget.

Tynnetta was surprised to find women of many nations and cultures at Coburn. And many were familiar with Muslim charity. “We don’t go to any place for short term. Our care is for a lifetime. We want to get to know these women and their children and we will stay in touch with them after they leave Coburn.”

Coburn, like many non-profit organizations focused on domestic violence in the community, relies on donations and the sweat equity of volunteers. With revenue of $1.34 million in 2014, the organization also had expenses of $1.4 million. The majority of funding comes from public grants and corporate contributions, but reliance on volunteers is difficult to translate for an annual report. Verizon, a supporter of Coburn Place, recognizes Tynnetta as a #HopeLineHero during Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October. We encourage anyone to volunteer meaningful time to local organizations such as Coburn Place.

And please don’t forget to donate your no-longer-used wireless devices at our upcoming HopeLine from Verizon game day collection Sunday, Oct. 25 with the Colts — with all proceeds benefiting Coburn Place.

A simple act of cleaning out a junk drawer, basement, or garage for old devices can be a lifesaver to recycle into community grants. If time is what you have to offer, then please reach out to those who are making a difference.