South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency was founded in 1991 by a group of five licensed clinical social workers and two physicians. Their interactions with the South Asian diaspora at work and in the community, brought to surface the need for a culturally-sensitive support system.

SAHARA was established by social workers Rusi Alamshaw, Chandrabala Alamshaw, Sheela Mehta, Charu Modi, Smita Patel and physicians Dr. Sulochana Trivedi, and Dr. Pratibha Patel.

SAHARA meaning “support” in Hindi provides information and support services to the South Asian community in Southern California. A major focus of this organization is empowering the silent and unacknowledged section of society suffering from domestic violence.

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