Harmit is the first in her family to graduate from college and has committed to a life in the nonprofit world, serving people in need. She has over 5 years of combined experience providing supportive services to victim-survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, working with Women’s Center-YFS and CORA. As the only Punjabi/Sikh Advocate, and at times the only South Asian staff member, she remained acutely aware of the need for better connections between community members receiving services and those providing them.
The search for an organization that may combine attention to the unique culture, Sikh faith and gender violence, ended at a National Conference in 2012, where Harmit met one of the founders of the Sikh Family Center. She began volunteering with SFC immediately. Through SFC, Harmit strives to change the way issues, such as family/gender violence, and mental health are discussed and addressed in the community.
Growing up, Harmit spent many of her Sunday mornings at the Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) doing seva (service) with her mom. The simple core value of giving back, has always remained with her. Now as the mom of a young son, she hopes to instill in him the same values of her faith -- he's often featured as SFC's little mascot, when he's standing for a moment and giving his parents a break! Harmit joined SFC as its first staff member in 2017.