Project Downtown’s mission is to provide essential services to homeless and impoverished segments of the United States of America. We have a fundamental belief that every person, regardless of their race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, criminal record, or life history deserves to have enough quality food, shelter and support to become a healthy, productive, stable force for the sake of enhancing the quality of life in the communities in which they call "home."
Project Downtown began as an informal initiative a few years ago by a few students that were moved by the plight of homeless and needy individuals in downtown Miami. Initially Project Downtown was a small scale organization, which passed out 30 sandwiches and whatever else could be managed with their limited resources. Although the resources were limited, the students’ compassion was not. What made and continues to distinguish Project Downtown as unique is not the physical support provided, but the emotional. The students considered the people they were serving their friends and took the time to not only distribute food but to converse. Furthermore, the service the students provided was not contingent upon reading a pamphlet or listening to a sermon. To this day, student volunteers have participated in Project Downtown every week for over five years. Although the program has expanded, we strive to uphold the same spirit and ideals the program started with. When asked why we are doing this, our answer is the same as that found in the Qur’an: "We feed you for the sake of God alone, no reward do we seek, nor thanks." (Holy Qur'an,76:9).