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SAHARA was founded on the belief that services should be offered in a culturally sensitive environment where individuals feel a sense of safety, connectedness, respect, and dignity. Guided by this philosophy, SAHARA has evolved into a well-respected organization with an unwavering commitment to the South Asian community.

Mission and History

galaxy_bannerSAHARA, meaning “support” in Hindi, was established in 1991 by a dedicated group of five clinical social workers and two physicians who came together to meet the underserved needs of the South Asian community in Southern California. What began and was sustained for a number of years through primarily volunteer service and investment has grown into a fully staffed agency supporting youth, older adults, and survivors of domestic abuse.

Over the last 25 years SAHARA has expanded its programs to include a robust menu of culturally sensitive and linguistically specific services focused on improving the quality of life of individuals seeking support. Confidential and personalized professional services are available at the main office in Artesia, California, as well as at our satellite office in Orange County.

SAHARA’s Mission – The South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency (SAHARA) serves survivors of all forms of abuse in the South Asian community by providing them with culturally-sensitive and linguistically-specific services.

A dynamic team of board members, staff, volunteers, and generous supporters collaborate to ensure that the South Asian community has access to high quality and comprehensive programs.



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