ShebaUSA, an IRS 501(c) (3), non-profit organization based in Jackson Heights, Queen was established in 1997 in order to provide resources for immigrant communities in desperate need. Our main focus has been to assist low-income South Asian immigrant populations & immigrant women, based on our research and need of our community, as well as other ethnic groups.
ShebaUSA’s mission is to assist immigrant women and families in their pressing needs by providing services geared to develop education, language skills, and job skills.
ShebaUSA, journey began in November of 1997, began with a single desire to help and empower immigrant women and families. Tamanna Yasmin, currently the Executive Director of ShebaUSA, was inspired to start ShebaUSA two years after she came to the United States in 1995 from Bangladesh. During her first year in the US, she experienced an immense culture shock. Language is the first instrument to communicate with. But, immigrant experience is often challenging at first; immigrants must adjust to a new environment and overcome cultural differences. And in Tamanna’s case, she noticed a significant difference in the way women were treated in the US as compared to in Bangladesh. Many women in Bangladesh and beyond are born into a culture that perceives them as second-class citizens. Life in the US changed Tamanna’s outlook on life and propelled her to want to better herself and purse higher education. Therefore, she completed her second Master’s in “Applied Sociology” from Queens College, City University of New York. Tamanna understood that what immigrant women and families deeply need is – empowerment, through guidance and education. As a result, she was encouraged to start ShebaUSA to better serve the community.