Tucson’s vitality is built on its diversity, continually enriched and strengthened by the successes of newcomers. In a rapidly growing city full of new residents, one group arrives under special circumstances, seeking sanctuary from the violence and persecution they fled in their home countries to which they cannot return.In 1995 Noor started as an informal group of volunteers following the Bosnian crisis. In 2000 it was established as an organized group and was given it’s name. Noor continued to carry out its mission and helped thousands of families, until the year 2005 when it was decided that time had come to seek the 501(c)3 status. Noor now has a tax free status.
The mission of the Noor Women’s Association is to assist the neediest refugees to make the transition to the life in the United States. There are no overhead expenses – 100% of donations are provided directly to needy refugees. Our number one priority is widows and other single mothers. Our number two priority is families in crisis due to illness, loss of jobs, catastrophic accidents, etc.
Board of directors:
Chairwoman: Dure Nomaan
Cochair: Safa Mehreb
Cochair: Jeanette Mathias
Secretary and volunteer coordinator: Fran Braverman
Treasurer: Ismat Shafiqullah
Noor founding women:
Dure Shari Raina
Noor Women’s Association was recognized on World Refugee Day 2017 on behalf of the RISP-net Coalition for its years of supporting refugees in the resettlement process in Tucson. In particular, for empowering single women with families, with a small helping hand to bridge the gap in services as thy move toward self-sufficiency.