Imani House, Inc.

Daily Point of Light # 1153 Jul 6, 1998

In 1990, when the Imani House was established as a nonprofit organization, Bisi Iderabdullah came back to Brooklyn, NY from Liberia to solicit support for victims of the Liberian Civil War. The plight of the adolescent males in her Brooklyn community, who were lacking the presence of a father in their lives, provoked her to establish Imani House, Inc in 1991. Based in Brooklyn, the program works with the women and children of the community as well as those individuals that come to their food pantry and are in need of assistance. The program works to improve the "quality of life" for its recipients, by providing technology training for youth, English as a Second Language (ESL) for local immigrants and a global resource center for the entire community.

The program, run by a volunteer staff of five people, provides service to the community three days during the week. The organization was recently involved in the Citizen Community Cohesion Program that brought together diverse members of the community to discuss racial issues and build a bridge of understanding among the members of the community.

The program is looking forward to a very promising future. They recently received the Community Advisory Council grant that will fund six full time Vista volunteers. They also hope to begin a literacy program that will focus entirely on the literacy needs of women.

The program is entirely funded by grants and private donations solicited through fundraising.