Bahá’í Service Fellowships
Our Bahá’í Service Fellowships were created to enable Fellows to engage in service to humanity and learn from the work of a well-established, Bahá’í-inspired, non-profit organization.
The full-time Fellows who serve in these positions are Bahá’ís who work in a variety of staff roles, assisting our clients to achieve justice while also being of service to the local Bahá’í community. Learn more.
Q: Why did you join Tahirih?
A: Tahirih Justice Center felt like the right fit for me because I have always been interested in working for social justice, especially regarding the issue of women’s empowerment. Having just graduated from college, very few things were clear to me about what I was going to do with my life.
Service to humanity was always at the forefront of my mind when considering my future occupation.
I wanted an opportunity to connect with women from all over the world and to be able to support them in any way I could. I knew that working with Tahirih would give me more insight about how a nonprofit functions and how it is able to sustainably help a large number of amazing women.
Q: Share a highlight from your service with us.
A: One highlight, among many during my time here at Tahirih, was when I was assisted a client applying for financial assistance with their medical bills. Many of our clients who have been granted work authorization are still not able to afford the large bills sent by the hospitals, physicians, etc. We were able to clear more than $55,000 of debt for one client. After months of submitting the application forms, collecting needed documentation, and continually calling in to check the status of this client’s application, hearing that all of her bills had been waived was very exciting and a huge relief. This client no longer needs to stress about coming up with an unrealistic amount of money and can instead focus on healing and establishing a more fulfilling life for herself.
Q: How has your work at Tahirih impacted you?
A: Working at Tahirih has been an incredible learning experience. Here, I work alongside some amazing advocates who are extremely passionate and dedicated to supporting our clients in their search for justice. The environment at Tahirih is one of support, understanding, and compassion. I feel so lucky to be a part of an organization that is service-oriented not only within its mission, but also in the character of its employees. I wholeheartedly enjoy what I do because it provides a benefit to others whose voices may not otherwise be heard. It has given me so much perspective on the lives of the immigrant women we serve and has shown me that there is still more that can be done to give everyone the equality needed to access justice.
Tahirih Baltimore’s Fellowship position is named in honor of Naiyareh Karimimanesh.