SAHARA is a grassroots community building organization, where we believe that our services are compassion and empowerment in action. The impact that SAHARA has had on the South Asian community, can be seen in the numbers below:

Average Annual Impact:

  • 1,051 Hours of social services, psychotherapy, immigration help, public benefits, citizenship help, and referrals were provided to 173 victims
  • 659 Nights of shelter and security provided to victims
  • 285 older Adults attended SAHARA’s Senior Wellness Events
  • 21 Elders sought victim services through SAHARA
  • 37 Local Events providing visibility of SAHARA’s services

SAHARA’s goal is to serve the growing community of South Asians in Southern California by providing them with services, information, referrals, skills development and other culturally sensitive support services needed to meet the unique challenges they face and also to deal with the personal crises of survivors of domestic violence.”


  • Toll-free 24-hour Crisis Helpline
  • Emergency response to calls from law enforcement
  • Drop-in Center for domestic violence support services on a walk-in basis
  • Shelter/Transitional Housing for domestic violence victims and their children
  • Emergency food, clothing, transportation, shelter
  • Case Management
  • Counseling and Mental Health Services for domestic violence victims and children
  • Referrals for legal Assistance with temporary restraining orders and custody disputes
  • Court and Social Services Advocacy
  • Family Support and financial assistance, household establishment assistance
  • Referrals for social and health services and enrollment in Medi-Cal
  • Life Skills Training, Therapeutic and Peer support groups
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Senior Care Services including Health Benefits screening and enrollment
  • Onsite Education Center for computer & financial literacy and employment assistance
  • Citizenship Application Assistance

Although SAHARA’s services are available to all community members regardless of race and ethnicity, one of the organization’s key strengths is its capacity to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to individuals from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan, collectively referred to as South Asians. The multilingual and bicultural staff and volunteers enable the organization to offer linguistically appropriate services to speakers of multiple South Asian languages, in addition to English. SAHARA’s clientele is South Asian (95%), Latino (2%), and other ethnicities (3%).

Our multilingual specialized programs include:

SAHARA can’t do this work without the help of its donors, about 47% of all the funding, comes from donors. Please consider donating so we can continue to support community members that need help


If you would like to know more about SAHARA or help us continue to provide these services, please give us a call at 562-402-4132 or contact us. 

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