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Homeless shelter for Muslim women, children planned

S.A. woman says faith has rules existing shelters cannot meet

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Nadia McIntosh is on a mission to help homeless Muslim women and their children, in the Alamo City, get back on their feet.

McIntosh is trying to open a shelter that will accommodate their Muslim faith which restricts followers from doing certain things.

“The food is one, co-mingling with men was the other and also praying. I didn’t have a place to do those things,” said McIntosh, who moved back to San Antonio last October.

Several years ago, McIntosh claimed a local shelter kicked her and her two children out, because she refused to take part in Christian Bible classes.

She said the classes conflicted with her Muslim faith. She took that experience and opened two Muslim based shelters in Baltimore, Maryland. They’re safe havens for women who are homeless or abandoned.

Now, she’s back in San Antonio hoping to change peoples lives.

“I’m always on the internet helping someone raise money to pay their rent, their bills,” said McIntosh.

Known as Sister Nadia, her Muslim based shelters have helped more than 500 women and children so far. Her son believes she’s successful because she empathizes with the women she helps.

“If somebody’s helping we all helping each other everyone can build the city even more, “ said Avar Auxila, Nadia’s son who is helping her raise money for a homeless shelter in San Antonio.

A fundraiser will be held the Last Chance Saloon at 4435 Rittiman road this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Sister Nadia hopes to raise at least $100,000 to open up two shelters in the community.


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