FREMONT, CA, USA (July 16, 2012) – UNITED SIKHS launches UMEED (Hope) - National Family Resource Center with a toll free hotline – 1-855-US-UMEED (1-855-878-6333) to assist with Community Empowerment and Education.
The Sikh community in the United States has been dealing with issues of Bullying, Racism, Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence and poor care of seniors with little or no means to combat them. Realizing the need for assistance and outreach needed for the community, UNITED SIKHS Western Regional office was established in 2011. As he inaugurated the office, D. Paul Monteiro, Associate Director of Community Relations at White House commented “Whether it is mentoring young kids, whether it is feeding needy people, or helping other countries in natural disasters and whether it is protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of all the people, UNITED SIKHS work should be saluted”.
Located in Fremont, California, UNITED SIKHS Western Region office acts as a Family Resource Center, where a variety of integrated services are being provided in collaboration with Fremont Family Resource Center and partner agencies. “We spent number of hours guiding clients to empower them to be self sufficient in addressing their needs” said Jagmeet Kaur, Program Director.
As the number of individuals seeking assistance grows, UNITED SIKHS officers see an urgent need for further outreach and community resources. This has led to the establishment of UMEED, a UNITED SIKHS NATIONAL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER with a nationally accessible toll free helpline.
“Every Sikh is born with an innate need to do seva. UNITED SIKHS has taken seva to the highest level. Identifying needs, seeking resources and developing the needed programs, they make the ‘right thing’ easy to do. UMEED is one such example of hope and help for our communities across the nation.” remarked Dr. Seema Sidhu, – Regional Director, UNITED SIKHS.
Support services at UMEED will include :
- Coping with Intimate partner violence
- Senior care services
- After School Academic Program (ASAP)
- English as Second Language program
- Youth leadership training programs
- Bullying Prevention Initiative and Anti-Bullying training
- Anti-hate crime counseling and advocacy
- Personal Support and Social Work Services
Mandeep Kaur, the coordinator for UMEED helpline said, “UMEED helpline ensures each caller is provided culturally appropriate and unbiased support, information and local resources.”
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National Director, Community Empowerment and Education