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The 4th Story

Abusers often isolate survivors of domestic violence geographically and socially. This effect can be heightened in immigrant communities. For immigrants, language barriers, uncertain legal statuses, and being away from family can make the isolation and abuse even worse. Samina Abdullah went through The James House volunteer training and was inspired to make a difference for immigrants experiencing this isolation. She organizes weekly dinners for her local Indian-Pakistani community to build support systems for immigrant families.

For Samina, it’s not about changing the whole world. It’s about taking responsibility for your own sphere of influence. She believes we are designed so magnificently that in order to make a difference, we simply need to live up to this design – to be compassionate, merciful, and wise. Once that spark of self-worth sets in, it cannot be extinguished.