It has been an exhilarating year that witnessed many hands, young and old, within and outside our community, all coming together to build the foundation of our young organization.
With hearts filled with gratitude, we thank each and everyone of you who participated in our events, especially our partners who played critical roles in the success of our 2018 projects and activities. Special thanks to: Our Board members for their guidance of AMSS plans; Our Stakeholders, representing the county’s premier, public and private health and long-term care for their expert guidance, invaluable training of AMSS Ambassadors and contributions to the AMSS Dialogues; our multi-talented Ambassadors, who represent the county’s Islamic Centers, for their successful coordination of the four AMSS Dialogues; and our Muslim Advisory Council, representing the County’s Imams and community leaders, for their wise council and guidance of AMSS projects and activities.
A Recap of our Year...
Early in 2018, we formed two Advisory Councils: The Muslim Advisory Council (MAC) and the Stakeholders Advisory Council (SAC).
With the support of our MAC and SAC, we conducted trainings for 37 volunteers to become future Health and Long-term Care Outreach Ambassadors.
On May 6, we celebrated the graduation of our Ambassadors and the official inauguration of AMSS. It was a joyous, educational, and cultural event, attended by more than 300 seniors, caregivers, community leaders, and service providers. Senior artists exhibited their museum quality Islamic art, and Egyptian and Indonesian dancers entertained the participants. Special thanks to our Inaugural Event Sponsors!
Throughout most of the year, we offered our Stakeholders cultural sensitivity training on Islam and Islamic cultures and traditions. Guest Speakers included Imams Mohamed Abdullahi of MCC and Faizul Khan of ISWA, as well as Muslim family caregivers. Each spoke of their experiences, challenges and the impact of faith on their quality of life.
Finally in September, we launched our Healthy Aging, Community Services and Support Dialogues on different health related topics. The purpose of the dialogues was to engage community members in discussions around issues that impact their quality of life; provide them with the opportunity to identify their priority issues of concern; and offer them partnership roles in our future programs by offering them roles as volunteers in our 2019 programs and services.
A very special thanks to Imam Faizul Khan for his gracious and continuous hospitality of AMSS.