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Profile of Express Care

 

Express Care is a humanitarian organization that provides information and assistance to those in need, offering a support network that is often lacking. A non-profit charity-based organization with 501 (c) (3) status, Express Care is located in Herndon, Virginia.

 

The founder and CEO of Express Care, Naila Alam (a survivor of a life-threatening blood disorder ITP), established this non-profit organization in 2003 with the help of Dr. Mohammad Alam (Chairman of Our Future World Group of Companies) and Yasmeen Durrani (Director, Express Care), in helping those in dire need in every aspect of life; medicines, food, doctor’s appointments, cloths, rental payments, bills, jobs, training, language problems.

 

The most important duty for Express Care is to train low-income individuals, immigrants, refugees and place them into jobs. Trainings that are provided by Express Care in collaboration with other companies are to help improve skills of individuals to bring them to modern workforce.

 

Express Care has helped more than 500 families in need and has trained and placed into jobs nearly 379 individuals. The goal of this organization is to empower those with limited income so that they can improve their quality by training and job placements.

 

Services provided by Express Care

 

The aims and objectives of Express Care:

1. To expand our services nationwide and then worldwide

2. To provide access to health care

3. To provide health education, to prevent diseases

4. To work towards the goal of healthy families 2020

5. To improve the quality of life of women and children

6. To help low-income families and place them into jobs

7. To help Immigrants who come to USA

The aims and goals for the development of our community:

  1. Assess health needs and make referrals to existing programs to ensure that every woman and child has a medical home.

  2. Educate the community through individualized as well as group instructions in preventing measures to improve health and extend the quality of life using television, internet and other means of communication.

  3. Advocating and promoting self-sufficiency through employment, education, training and economic empowerment for men and women and to provide social support.

  4. Assisting individuals to understand the cultural practices and to help them in developing skills including language and driving skills that are needed to successfully participate in the society.

1. Social Services and Emergency Assistance

  • Assistance in understanding and applying for insurance or alternative healthcare coverage

  • Translation services

  • Scheduling of doctor's appointments

  • Groceries delivered to home-bound, jobless, sick, needy or elderly, and to those requiring short-term immediate support

  • Visits to the sick and elderly

  • Help Immigrants adopt to US life

  • Help with citizenship training

  • Help give scholarships for job trainings

  • Holding Food Drives to help needy families, distributing 4,000 lbs of food at a time.

2. Healthy Families 2020

  • Free health screenings for uninsured women

  • Free physical exams of uninsured children

  • Free medicines when necessary

  • Free flu shots

3. Empowerment through Training

  • Nursing Training

  • Personal Care Aide Training

  • ESL (English as a Second Language) Training

  • Computer Training

  • CPR and First Aid Training

  • Citizenship Training (in collaboration with Office of Citizenship, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)

4. Care Connection TV Program

  • Health education and connection through our TV program “Care Connection?

Awards for Express Care

 

We Are America Now Award

On February 27, 2009 Northern Virginia Family Services presented the ‘We Are America Now Award?to Yasmeen Durrani - Co-Founder, Express Care, for helping low-income individuals and families access assistance, jobs skills trainings and job placement services.

 

Honor of Hope Award

Express Care received on Thursday, June 26, 2008 the ‘HONOR OF HOPE AWARD?from President George W. Bush under the White House’s Faith and Community Based Initiative. This award was presented at the White House National Conference of Faith and Community Based Initiative held in Washington DC, where President George W. Bush was present joined by members of the President Cabinet, Director Jay Hein and Jedd Medefind from OFBCI and more than 1,500 public and private sector leaders.

 

One non-profit organization from each state was chosen and among them Express Care was chosen from Virginia for its best and compassionate services to the community.

 

Champion of Compassion Award

In 2007, Express Care was a recipient of ‘Champion of Compassion Award?from The White House Faith and Community Based Initiative through the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board’s Skill Source Grant. The program was a success as the participants who enrolled in the Express Care’s Personal Care Assistant Training were empowered and became self-sufficient. After getting certified as Personal Care Assistants they were placed into jobs. This program is continued and until now 119 students have been graduated in Department of Medical Assistance Services and are working in the health care field.

 

As a result of successfully outreaching the community in need, Express Care is the recipient of the following awards and recognitions:

  1. We Are America Now Award by Northern Virginia Family Services

  2. Honor of Hope Award - A White House Faith-Based and Community Initiative.

  3. Champion of Compassion Award - A White House Regional Faith-Based and Community Initiative through the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board’s Skill Source Grant, United States Department of Labor, (Employment Access through Partnerships and Community Collaboration Project).

  4. Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation Award, in recognition of the community service, given by three Herndon Mayors: Mayor Richard C. Thoesen, Mayor Michael O’Reilly and Mayor Steve DeBenedittis, for the years 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

  5. Community Service Award, presented by the UNICARE, State Sponsored Program, 2003, in recognition of providing help and support to the immigrant women and children in health related issues, given by the CEO of UNICARE, Mr. John Monahan.

  6. Excellence in Achievement Award, given by National Association of Muslim Women (NAMW), USA

  7. Outstanding Community Health Worker in the State of Virginia Award, given by Virginia Community Health Outreach.

  8. Service Above Self Award, Herndon Rotary Club.

  9. Certificate of Achievement Award, Herndon Rotary Club.

  10. Community Service Recognition Award, from CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations).

Some Commendations to Express Care from Our Dignitary Friends

 

President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in a letter to Naila Alam

“How wonderful that your illness inspired you to devote your time and energy to serving people in need of comfort and counseling. We admire the positive spirits of Americans like you and appreciate your concerns for our county.?

 

United States Senator, John W. Warner in a letter to Naila Alam

“It is with great pleasure that I extend to you my warmest congratulations for being selected as recipients of the ‘Honor of Hope Award?presented by the President George W. Bush. Your careers and commitment to service have advanced communities throughout Virginia. You should take great pride in this prestigious honor.

 

I commend your perseverance, exceptional skill and ability to achieve your goals. I am pleased to have this opportunity to join your family, friends and community in sending best wishes for continued success in all you future endeavors.?

 

Governor Tim M. Kaine in a letter to Naila Alam

“Congratulations on receiving the presidential ‘Honor of Hope Award? a truly commendable accomplishment. The aid that Express Care provides to those in need in the community is exemplary and should be applauded. There is no greater reward in life than that you get from helping others.?

 

Congressman, Frank R. Wolf in a letter to Naila Alam

“The ‘Honor of Hope Award?is a well-deserved acknowledgment of the impact you have made in your community. I am very impressed by your growth. Thank you for the important service you provide this community.?

 

Delegate Thomas Davis Rust in a letter to Naila Alam

“Express Care has risen to an integral part of the Herndon Community. You have provided the Herndon Community with a vital service and I know that you will continue to serve the Herndon Community well in the future.

Keep up the good work! You have been great corporate citizens for many years & it is my honor to call you my friends.?

 

Governor Tim M. Kaine in a letter to Naila Alam

I commend you for leading the way to address the growing demand for trained direct care workers in your community. We are indeed fortunate to have citizens like you willing to give so generously of their time and talent to make the Commonwealth of Virginia a better place in which to live.

 

Thank you for your many contributions and best wishes for continued success in all that you do.?

 

Town of Herndon, Mayor Steve DeBenedittis in a letter to Naila Alam

“We are honored to have you and Yasmeen as a corporate citizen and as a resident of our town. Your positive outlook is an inspiration to all of us, as indicated by the number of individuals who are enrolled in or have taken the Express Care Personal Care Assistant Training Program. Your program, which has helped many obtain jobs and has done much to full the shortage of health care workers, is much needed in the community.

 

Thank you for all you continue to do for our community.?

 

Media Coverage on Express Care

 

Our dear friends at the Synchronicity and Master Charles invited Naila Alam and Yasmeen Durrani to give a condolence speech at the Memorial Service of Alan and Naomi (killed in the recent Mumbai Attack) on behalf of Dr. Alam (Chairman, Our Future World Foundation), Express Care, and the entire Muslim Community in the United States.

 

Express Care was also requested by the Embassy of Pakistan to give a condolence speech on behalf of His Excellency Ambassador Husain Haqani.

 

Express Care and Our Future World Foundation has worked with Synchronicity, Master Charles and Alan to implement the technology designed by Master Charles into more then 40 Muslim countries.

 

(Below are few of the names of the media coverage on the Memorial Service and the Condolence Speech of Express Care on behalf of the Muslim Community.)

  • Synchronicity Website

  • Nelson County Times

  • WSLS 10

  • Richman Times Dispatch

  • ABC 13

  • GoDanRiver

  • The Lynchburg News Advance

  • The Free Library by Fairfax

  • Live pod cast at the Synchronicity website watched by more than 1,200 people

  • Etc.

TV Interviews of Naila Alam, CEO Express Care

  • Voice of America TV (in collaboration with GEO TV) Regarding Express Care Services (viewed by over 115 millions audiences)

  • Voice of America TV (in collaboration with GEO TV) Regarding Eid Mela Hosted by Express Care (viewed in Pakistan, USA and other countries)

  • Voice of America TV (in collaboration with GEO TV) Interview of Mehtab Ali’s Exhibition and Auction at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington D.C. USA

  • Washington Times, as Express Care partnering with Global Peace Festival

  • Hum TV, interview during an “International Peace Conference?in Pakistan

  • Washington Times, interview after receiving the Honor of Hope Award in White House

Few of the Media Coverage of Express Care in the following Newspapers, Magazines and Online

 

  • YouTube, Understanding "the 4 P's" of Nonprofit Organizations (Andy Casper of South County Cares, Lisa Whetzel of Our Daily Bread, Tom Berlin of Floris United, and Naila Alam of Express Care explain what it takes when it comes to "the 4 P's" of the nonprofit community.)

  • YouTube, Express Care (Video of Naila Alam, speaking about Express Care, stationed out of Fairfax County, Virginia. Produced in collaboration with NetStrategies.com and Leadership Fairfax, Inc.)

  • Associated Press of Pakistan, (Regarding Mehtab Ali’s Exhibition sponsored by Express Care)

  • Embassy of Pakistan, (Regarding Mehtab Ali’s Exhibition sponsored by Express Care)

  • Newstin (Regarding Mehtab Ali’s Exhibition sponsored by Express Care)

  • The Observer (Regarding Mehtab Ali’s Exhibition sponsored by Express Care)

  • Samundar Paar (Regarding Mehtab Ali’s Exhibition sponsored by Express Care)

  • The Nation Sunday Plus (Regarding Mehtab Ali’s Exhibition sponsored by Express Care)

  • Tapestry (Regarding Mehtab Ali’s Exhibition sponsored by Express Care)

  • The International News (Regarding Mehtab Ali’s Exhibition sponsored by Express Care)

  • Topix (Regarding Mehtab Ali’s Exhibition sponsored by Express Care)

  • Platelet Disorder Support Association Conference

  • Rotary Club of McLean

  • Pakistan Link

  • Islamic Society of North America

  • The Observer Newspaper, Non-Profit Recognized for Work

  • The Observer Newspaper, Alam Survives Now Helps Others

  • The Observer Newspaper, Express Care to Offer Training

  • The Observer Newspaper, Chamber Begins Initiative to Assist Non-Profits

  • The Observer Newspaper, Express Care Offers Nursing, Computer Classes

  • The Observer Newspaper, Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Members

  • The Observer Newspaper, Express Care Collects Food

  • The Herndon Connection Newspaper, Charity Offers Job Training

  • The Herndon Connection Newspaper, Express Care Seminar

  • The Herndon Connection Newspaper, Alam Survives Now Helps Others

  • The Herndon Connection Newspaper, White House Award for Express Care

  • Richmond Times-Dispatch, Muslim Women Gaining a Voice

  • Pakistan Journal, Honor of Hope Award

  • Express News TV, Honor of Hope Award

  • Fairfax County Asian American History Project, Honor of Hope Award

  • Dunya International, Express Care Receives Honor of Hope Award from President George W. Bush

  • Pakistan Journal

Exhibitions, Auctions and Displays hosted by Express Care of World Renowned Artist, Mehtab Ali

  1. Exhibition, Auction and Mehfil-e-Mushaira at the Embassy of Pakistan, U.S.A. - November 7, 8, and 9, 2008

  2. Exhibition and Silent Auction at the University of Karachi Alumni Association Washington D.C. Chapter, U.S.A. November 9, 2008

  3. Exhibition at the Friends of Pakistan Club, U.S.A. - November 17, 2008

  4. Exhibition and Silent Auction at the Islamic Center, Northern Virginia Trust, U.S.A. - November 21, 2008

  5. Exhibition and Auction at the 2008 Annual Gala, Flowers of Hope - SOS Children’s Villages of Pakistan Washington D.C. Chapter U.S.A. - November 21, 2008

  6. Exhibition and Auction at the Zee TV Heritage India Diwali Special U.S.A. - November 22, 23 2008

(For pictures and Media Coverage on these exhibitions please visit the website at www.expresscare.org)

 

Express Care has partnership with the following companies and organizations to reach its goals:

  • Affordable Housing Programs in Fairfax County

  • All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)

  • Beacon Hill Church

  • BlackbaudNow

  • Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC)

  • Department of Medical Assistance Services, VA (for PCA Training Program)

  • Fairfax County Combined Incentive Funding

  • Friends of Pakistan

  • Food for Others

  • Global Peace Festival

  • Grace Ministries

  • Herndon Free Clinic

  • INOVA Health System, Congregational Health Partnership

  • Intense Entertainment LLC

  • Islamic Center Northern Virginia Trust

  • Korean Senior Center

  • LINK Food Pantry, Herndon

  • Neighborhood Resource Center

  • Our Daily Bread

  • Our Future World Corporation

  • Our Future World Foundation

  • Platelet Disorder Support Association

  • Reston Interfaith

  • Skill Source Group

  • Wikispaces

  • Women's Club of Bethesda

Express Care is Member of the following Organizations:

  • Costco

  • Herndon Chamber of Commerce

  • INOVA Health System, Congregational Health Partnership

  • The Health Ministries Association

  • Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Northern

Express Care is serving the Board of the following Committees:

  • The Healthy Families

  • Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Northern Virginia

  • Serving as the Honorary Board of Advisors of One Life Alliance

Express Care is the recipient of the donations from the following organizations:

  • Adobe Systems Incorporated

  • Air Breeze Systems

  • All Prints, Herndon

  • AmeriGroup Corporation

  • Commerce Bank

  • Costco

  • Food Lion

  • Fresh Fields - Whole Food Market

  • Halalco

  • Harris Teeter

  • International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)

  • Lebanese Butcher

  • Microsoft Corporation

  • NIB Bank

  • Our Future World Corporation

  • Pizza Hut

  • Safeway

  • Shalimar Charcoal Tandoor

  • Shan Asian Halal Meat & Spices

  • Shoppers

  • Symantec Corporation

  • The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area

  • Wani and Associates

  • Women's Club of Bethesda

  • Individuals like you

  • And Others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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