Charleston HALOS and the Shifa Clinic Team Up

Volunteers from the Shifa Clinic drop off food at the homes of families in need.

Volunteers from the Shifa Clinic drop off food at the homes of families in need.

Charleston HALOS and the Shifa Clinic Team Up
Partnership Tackles Food Insecurity During COVID-19

North Charleston, SC – July 16, 2020 - Shifa Clinic has partnered with HALOS to bring food to kinship families in need in the local community. As HALOS works with grandparents and other relatives who are raising children to keep them out of foster care with strangers, Shifa Clinic has stepped in to provide kinship families and more with food and groceries.

“I am proud of this collaborative work to reach those in need,” said Dr. Reshma Khan, founder of Shifa Clinic. “Prior to COVID-19, we were serving 270 families a month, now we are serving approximately 350 families a week.”

Dr. Reshma Khan founded Shifa Clinic in 2012 and it has now grown into a full-time clinic with primary care, OBGYN services, pediatrics, mental health, hunger prevention programs, and more.

“The majority of kinship families live at or below the poverty line and this partnership has been a critical element of support,” said Kim Clifton, Executive Director of HALOS. “Kinship families are grandparents, aunts and uncles, and family friends who have taken when their parents cannot care for them safely. Providing them with food through the Shifa Clinic is a key component of meeting the critical needs these families are facing.”

Now, more than ever, kinship families need your help. Many of these families are lower income and can face food insecurity. If you are interested in donating or advocating for HALOS, visit the website at and visit the Shifa Clinic’s website at

About Charleston HALOS:
HALOS is the only nonprofit solely focused on the unique needs of kinship families in South Carolina. With 19 out of 20 children likely to be placed with a family member, as opposed to foster care, the grandparents and relatives taking care of kids often get left behind. HALOS is here to serve these families and ensure that they have the resources necessary to parent these children and offer them the support they need to succeed. To learn more, visit

About Shifa Clinic:
The Shifa Clinic is a non-profit and tax-exempt clinic established by The Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA (ICNA Relief USA). It is governed by a board of directors consisting of interested community members and physicians. The core of our mission is to provide compassionate and high quality medical care to uninsured, indigent adult residents of our community regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or national origin and to put into practice the Islamic teachings of compassion, mercy and service to humanity. To learn more, visit

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