Chaplain Asma Inge-Hanif grew up poor, watching her grandmother die due to lack of access to proper healthcare. This inspired her to become a nurse practitioner and open her own health center where, she volunteers her services to the underserved and uninsured. Chaplain Hanif also provides volunteer health services in public schools.
In addition to her health services, Chaplain Hanif has cared for refugees, trafficking victims and female victims of domestic violence for more than 30 years. In 2007, she opened a home in order to shelter victims of domestic violence.
She is known for hosting four signature volunteer events every year. The Chili Bowl Super Bowl Sunday is one where she serves hot bowls of chili and distributes toiletries to the homeless. She also participates in a local Red Nose Day where she adopts a local inner city school and distributes healthy snacks and gives small gifts to the students on the honor roll.
Chaplain Hanif also holds the annual community outreach programs, Back To School Health Fair for the homeless and uninsured, and the Love Thy Neighbor event where she distributes food pantry items and clothing to those in need. What inspired you to volunteer?
My grandmother was a maid working for a wealthy doctor. She died of cancer because she didn’t receive the proper healthcare treatment due to her lack of status in society. My mom encouraged me to go to school to be a nurse to care for people like my grandmother who were in need.
Describe your volunteer role with Muslimat Al Nisaa Shelter and Muslimat Al Nisaa Healthy Solutions Wellness Ministry. I am a nurse practitioner. I established my own health center and provide my health services without a salary. I do not turn away health care services to the uninsured and needy.
I also opened a shelter for refugees, trafficking victims and female victims of domestic abuse. We help keep the women safe and provide a haven to allow them to heal until they are able to live independently.
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