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Selfless Acts Of Kindness: Baitulmal, House of Goods

Updated on March 25, 2016
Dzemal Bijedic/ Police Chaplain for the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department
Dzemal Bijedic/ Police Chaplain for the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department | Source

The Beginning Of Something Great

Two Police Chaplains and members of the Islamic Foundation Of Saint Louis got together and started a non-profit organization called Baitulmal, which translates to House Of Good. Only five months into the organization, they have managed to gather thousands of donation, all going to families in need. People from all over Saint Louis volunteer and help sort, deliver and distribute donated items. They feed the homeless regularly, no matter the weather and encourage youth participation. They have had local youth groups, members of local Churches and Mosques lend a helping hand. Their passion is to help others and their hopes are to unite the community and inspire others to open their hearts, donate their time to help, involve the youngest of the community, teaching them to care and getting them off the streets.

Items Collected Through The Goodness Of The Community
Items Collected Through The Goodness Of The Community

Members Unify

Dzemal Bijedic, a Police Chaplain with the Metropolitan Police Department, met a family of refugees who were struggling and took to social media asking for donations in forms of food, clothing, furniture and everything else in between. Immediately, donations started pouring in and that's when Adil Imdad, a Police Chaplain for West Saint Louis and the Islamic Foundation of Greater Saint Louis began lending a hand. They donated funds to rent a space for the donations and Baitulmal was established. Their goal was to help those in need. Their original idea included helping the refugees that have traveled a treacherous road to freedom, only to come and be prosecuted by those who refuse to accept them. Refugees, no matter their religion, have a few things in common with the officers protecting our cities. They both face a harsh reality whether running away from imminent death or running into danger as their job description. This organization sees neither as a threat and vows to help anyone and everyone in need.

Saint Louis Residents Deliver Donations
Saint Louis Residents Deliver Donations | Source
Typical Friday Night, Feeding The Homeless and Distributing Jackets And Blankets. Lisa Grozdanic, Jamie Justis-Stevens, Adolfo Pacheco
Typical Friday Night, Feeding The Homeless and Distributing Jackets And Blankets. Lisa Grozdanic, Jamie Justis-Stevens, Adolfo Pacheco | Source

What Matters Most

Saint Louis has been named one of the top ten cities heavy in crimes. Since the beginning of the year there have been 25 homicides and many more criminal incidences. Organizations like this one focus on helping people and encourage participation of the local youth, helping them get off the streets, show kindness and contribute to the community. From the people that established this organization to the regular volunteers and countless donors, the organization grows and prospers. The tight knit community of more than 75 thousand Bosnian residents knows all too well about how it feels to be a refugee. Most emigrated to US in the early 90's, escaping the 1992 Bosnian War. They have since relocated to many states and Saint Louis is one of the most populated. These people came with nothing and have become modern citizens, business owners, job creators, taxpayers, living the ultimate and sought American Dream.


Lisa Grozdanic Delivering Donations to a Family Afganistan
Lisa Grozdanic Delivering Donations to a Family Afganistan | Source
Volunteer Elvis Kuruzovic with a family after he helped deliver necessary items.
Volunteer Elvis Kuruzovic with a family after he helped deliver necessary items.
Teaming up with Serving With Badge, Urban League, Ameren Missouri, City Officials and Police Department, delivering lightbulbs to citizens of North Saint Louis.
Teaming up with Serving With Badge, Urban League, Ameren Missouri, City Officials and Police Department, delivering lightbulbs to citizens of North Saint Louis.
Delivering donations to a family in need. "Special thanks to Lisa Grozdanic, Elvis GeeZee Kuruzovic, Denis Kadiric, Aladin Hegic, Ali Alsaeedan, Adolfo Pacheco, Jamie Justis-Stevens, Amina Shaker, Mirza McHogan Sopovic for the help"
Delivering donations to a family in need. "Special thanks to Lisa Grozdanic, Elvis GeeZee Kuruzovic, Denis Kadiric, Aladin Hegic, Ali Alsaeedan, Adolfo Pacheco, Jamie Justis-Stevens, Amina Shaker, Mirza McHogan Sopovic for the help"
Regular Friday night, Helping the Homeless Community
Regular Friday night, Helping the Homeless Community

These selfless acts of kindness show us that there is so much good in the world. That there are people who are willing to sacrifice so much for so many. Organizations like these ask for nothing in return, only encourage others to open their hearts. From the storage warehouse, to the items, to the people to the maintenance of the only vehicle they have for deliveries, everything is given from a kind soul. The local mechanics and tire shops provide freemaintenance for the rusty truck that has served them well and will continue to, thanks to the generosity of the community.

When your heart is open, it does not matter what religion you are, what color your skin is, what your nationality is. This community only sees you as a human being, as a brother, as a sister. In the long run, they will expand, they will gain more attention and local residents believe that they have the power to turn this community around and unify everyone. There has been too much division, too much prejudice, too much hate. The community hopes to inspire others. We have the power to get out youth off the streets, to help those who need it most, to love one another and live in peace side by side.

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    • m abdullah javed profile image

      muhammad abdullah javed 

      2 years ago

      Oh sure. Thank you.

    • ElvisaM profile imageAUTHOR

      Elvisa M 

      2 years ago from Saint Louis

      Thanks! Follow them on Facebook and you'll see what I mean. They truly are a blessing for this community. My community.

    • m abdullah javed profile image

      muhammad abdullah javed 

      2 years ago

      Elvisa thanks for an excellent share. True the good humans are those who are beneficial to one and all.

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