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The program consisted of Quranic recitation, introduction of Radiant Hands, testimonials and a silent auction.

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Qur'anic Recitation

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This article first appeared online January 30, 2015 . Radiant Hands wants you to know the impact you are making on people's lives. Thank you


Scholarship helping women in need of a career lift

Gainesville Sun Newspaper

Darlena Cuhna, Correspondent
 February 3, 2015

Ascholarship program is helping women get back on their feet here in Gainesville and around Alachua and Marion counties by offering them the first step.
 

"We help women who have fallen on hard times to get their GED," said Patricia Khan, director of Radiant Hands. "Some dropped out of school to have children; others had to go to work to help their families; all of them are looking for a foothold back into society where they can start their education or get a job that provides enough money to feed and support them."
 

GED courses don't cost much through Santa Fe College's or Alachua County's adult education programs, but even the $30 to $35 each semester can be tough to cover when people have to choose between education and rent. Most of the scholarship money goes toward paying off the final test at the end, which can cost upwards of $180.


 

 "Most women get through all the coursework and find themselves at the end of the program and stuck," said Hanan K. Bilal, the director of the Radiant Works Scholarship committee. "They are ready to go and can't afford the test."

These women can apply for funding through the Radiant Hands website by downloading the application and sending it in to the address given.
 

And the money is not just for high school education. "The process is so easy and quick,"said Yvette Watson, a woman who received $300 toward a semester of her LPN coursework. "I sent in my application, and they got back to me within one day."  Watson was already a CNA but couldn't find regular work with that title.

When she finishes school this semester, she plans on working at a school or a nursing home and making a livable wage.

"Right now I'm on disability," she said, "but I'm working hard to better myself so I can be self-sufficient, and Radiant Hands really helped me."

Last year, the program gave money to 10 people in need, and it has helped 40 people since its inception in 2011.

 "I love this program because it's very empowering for women," Bilal said. "It promotes self-efficacy and education in the sector that needs it most."

Barbara Bailey will graduate with her GED this week, and will apply to train to be a phlebotomist soon after that. She said she could not have done it without help from Radiant Hands. "Last semester, I was able to take and pass three of my four GED exams, and I have the fourth one scheduled for January 9th," she said. "I'm already enrolled in classes for the spring semester to prepare for my CPT exam."

If you would like to apply for a scholarship through Radiant Hands or know someone who would be a good candidate, you can log on to the website at www.radianthands.org and click on Radiant Works Scholarship Fund.

"I can't thank Radiant Hands enough," Watson said. "This will really help my career. They weren't judgmental; they understand your situation. And when I get my feet under me, I'm going to pay it forward."


Scholarship helping women in need of a career lift

Gainesville Sun
Darlena Cuhna
January 30, 2015

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20150130/ARTICLES/150139983/1183?p=1&tc=pg

A little-known scholarship program is helping women get back on their feet here in Gainesville and around Alachua and Marion counties by offering them the first step.

We help women who have fallen on hard times to get their GED,” said Patricia Khan, director of Radiant Hands. “Some dropped out of school to have children; others had to go to work to help their families; all of them are looking for a foothold back into society where they can start their education or get a job that provides enough money to feed and support them.”

GED courses don’t cost much through Santa Fe College’s or Alachua County’s adult education programs, but even the $30 to $35 each semester can be tough to cover when people have to choose between education and rent. Most of the scholarship money goes toward paying off the final test at the end, which can cost upwards of $180.

“Most women get through all the coursework and find themselves at the end of the program and stuck,” said Hanan K. Bilal, the director of the Radiant Works Scholarship committee. “They are ready to go and can’t afford the test.”

These women can apply for funding through the Radiant Hands website by downloading the application and sending it in to the address given. The money is not just for high school education either.

“The process is so easy and quick,” said Yvette Watson, a woman who received $300 toward a semester of her LPN coursework. “I sent in my application, and they got back to me within one day.”

Watson was already a CNA but couldn’t find regular work with that title. When she finishes school this semester, she plans on working at a school or a nursing home and making a livable wage.

“Right now I’m on disability,” she said, “but I’m working hard to better myself so I can be self-sufficient, and Radiant Hands really helped me.”

Last year, the program gave money to 10 people in need, and it has helped 40 people since its inception in 2011.

“I love this program because it’s very empowering for women,” Bilal said. “It promotes self-efficacy and education in the sector that needs it most.”

Barbara Bailey will graduate with her GED this week, and will apply to train to be a phlebotomist soon after that. She said she could not have done it without help from Radiant Hands.

“Last semester, I was able to take and pass three of my four GED exams, and I have the fourth one scheduled for January 9th,” she said. “I'm already enrolled in classes for the spring semester to prepare for my CPT exam.”

If you would like to apply for a scholarship through Radiant Hands or know someone who would be a good candidate, you can log on to the website at www.radianthands.org and click on Radiant Works Scholarship Fund.

“I can’t thank Radiant Hands enough,” Watson said. “This will really help my career. They weren’t judgmental; they understand your situation. And when I get my feet under me, I’m going to pay it forward.”


 Tampa

Nearly one year ago we were contacted by members of the Tampa community who were interested in starting a chapter of Radiant Hands. Their specific goal is to guide families from instability to stability with the use of counseling services and referrals to support agencies. After hours of review, planning, and meetings we, the Radiant Hands Executive Board, decided to move forward with the expansion. We are excited to say that this means that the charity will now serve both Tampa and North Central Florida, providing much needed support for even more families!

How will this work?

Understanding that this expansion significantly increases the number of clients served, we have decided to meet the additional need by expanding the Executive Board and shifting responsibilities. In particular, the founding members of the charity will remain on the board to continue to serve North Central FL and help guide the organization through future decisions. The roles of President, Secretary, and Treasurer, however, will now be held by Magda Elkadi-Saleh, Lailah Rahim, and Osama Kayali, respectively. These officers and their team have already begun working to establish a physical office in Tampa where they will see clients, offer counseling and referral services, and hold meetings. They are working hard so that they can be up and running before the end of this summer.

How will the finances be managed?

The financial operations of the charity will now be managed by Mr. Osama Kayali, who has been working as a Certified Public Accountant in Florida for 16 years. He will work with with Mrs. Patricia Khan (former treasurer and acting president of Radiant Hands) to track and manage the donations and expenses for each chapter. In this way, donations for each region will be used to meet the needs in that particular area. In other words: donations made in NCentral FL will be used to serve NCentral FL with guidance from the NCentral FL directors, and donations made in Tampa will be used to serve Tampa with guidance from the Tampa directors.

Where do we go from here?

In taking such an exciting step forward in the development of Radiant Hands we understand that there may be some questions or comments from you, our supporters. We encourage you to please send us any such inquiries you may have, and we will do our best to answer your questions. We hope you share in our enthusiasm for this change, and as always we thank you for your continued support. Without your help we would not be able to give much needed-support to families so that they can stay in their homes and care for their loved ones during these very difficult economic times.



Reception at the Fine Arts Building, Santa Fe College. March 19, 2013

Reception at the Fine Arts Building, Santa Fe College. March 19, 2013

Pat and Jean accepting the award on behalf of Radiant Hands Inc.

Pat and Jean accepting the award on behalf of Radiant Hands Inc.