The Muslim Community and Health Center of Wisconsin mission is to strengthen the Milwaukee community and increase the well-being of its residents by providing free and charitable health care services, social services, counseling, emergency assistance, educational and job-training programs. MCHC’s guiding principles are based on the Muslim values of compassion, kindness, peace, and diversity.
The Muslim Community and Health Center of Wisconsin was founded in 2004 by Fozia Ahmed, a volunteer and active social community member to establish social services from the Muslim community in South Eastern Wisconsin. In 2008, the first Muslim Free clinic was established with the help and support of volunteer doctors to provide services to uninsured and under-insured. In 2012, the name of the organization which initially began as CHP was changed to Muslim Community and Health Center, MCHC. The MCHC clinic has served thousands of patients to date. In April, 2015 space was provided by the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. MCHC built Sakina Senior Center in April of 2015. The MCHC’s free and charitable clinic moved within Sakina Center at 803 West Layton Avenue in Milwaukee.
MCHC was made aware of the lack of senior services that were felt in immigrant and refugee communities in the Greater Milwaukee area. MCHC began planning to ensure the needs and preferences of older adults were met. The Sakina Senior Center was formed and started in 2015. A generous grant from the Helen Bader Foundation contributed to construction costs for the Sakina Senior Center. Focused on exceptional programs and activities, Sakina Senior Center welcomes community members from the Greater Milwaukee Area.
Additionally, MCHC has served the community, providing awareness for breast cancer among immigrant and refugee women through a grant from Susan G Komen Foundation. MCHC collaborated with Medical Society of Wisconsin. It has successfully pursued the grant forur four years. MCHC is active in various services, such as providing mental health counseling, offering refugee resources, free legal advice in collaboration with Milwaukee Justice Center, and an on-site community garden.