Aladdin Forever Foundation

Creating Mental Health Awareness. Educating. Spreading Compassion.

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Mission

Our mission is to bring awareness to the needs of the homeless population who are struggling with mental health disorders. We hope to educate others so they are able to gain a better understanding of the challenges mentally ill homeless individuals face. One in four homeless individuals have a mental health disorder. Untreated mental illness can cause individuals to become paranoid, anxious, or depressed, making it difficult or impossible to maintain employment, pay bills, or keep supportive relationships.

Our goal is to offer mental health screenings and assessments for those who stay in shelters, and seek our assistance. We will implement a necessary treatment plan and support that best fit their needs. With the assistance of other foundations, therapists, clinics, and physicians we will be able to cover all the client’s needs in hopes for a brighter future.

We are all human and have various life struggles. Some of us lack the necessary support that is needed to have a healthy, stable environment that we all deserve.

More effort. More teamwork. More compassion. We can make things better!

Aladdin Forever Foundation was founded in 2018 in memory of Allen “Aladdin” Navidzadeh. For anyone who had the honor of meeting Allen, they would all share the same sentiments—— selfless, giving, encouraging, and full of love. He was very supportive of the homeless population in Los Angeles; volunteering, donating and above all making friends with anyone he came in contact with. Therefore, we found it very fitting to continue his legacy and support those less fortunate in our community.

We miss you every moment of every day. Always with us.

Our Team

Sheila Fay Navidzadeh

Founder + President

Sheila is a Michigan native who moved to Los Angeles 12 years ago to be closer to her family and enjoy sunny California.

Since she was an adolescent she has volunteered with various organizations—- Habitat for Humanity, Autism Speaks, D.A.R.E. America, Make A Wish Foundation, Leukemia + Lymphoma Society, American Red Cross, National MS Society, and most recently Los Angeles Mission.

She has always had a passion for helping others and making even a small impact in their lives. Her passion for others led her to pursue a career in the mental health field. She is currently obtaining her second master’s degree in Clinical Counseling and will use her knowledge and education to support the foundation.

She founded this organization in memory of her brother, Allen, who passed away due to sudden cardiac arrest in August of 2018.


Nataliya Rogachkina

Vice President

Nataliya is a graduate of USC. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics and finance, as well her master’s degree in economics with a focus in finance. She has worked as a management consultant for the past decade, solving operational and organizational challenges for her clients.

Living in Venice Beach, Nataliya witnesses a lot of stigma associated with mentally ill homeless people first hand. She strongly believes that a change in society’s attitude and focus on proper treatment can change many lives.


Nicki Malekadeli

Chief Marketing Officer

Nicki is an entrepreneur in the Social Media Marketing world. She owns a digital marketing company which supports businesses develop an online presence. Nicki received her Bachelors of Arts from Alma College in 2017 where she majored in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations and Spanish. She is currently living in downtown Los Angeles studying at the University of Southern California School of Law to receive her Juris Doctorate.

Nicki is very passionate about supporting individuals in the LA community and is proud to be a part of an organization that is helping bring light to the topic of mental health advocacy and treatment for the homeless population.


Shabnam Aboubakri

Volunteer Coordinator

Shabnam Aboubakri received her Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies from American Military University and she currently works as a criminal analyst.

Shabnam is a United States Coast Guard Veteran with 10 years of military service. During her time serving in the military she has encountered many friends with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and has seen firsthand the affects that mental disorders can have on one’s life as well as the stigma that comes along with them.

Shabnam has contributed her time, clothing, and food to local shelters as well as community, clothing and food drives. She has also tutored grade school students and assisted with Partners in Education (PIE) events hosted by local United States Coast Guard units. Additionally, Shabnam fosters and monetarily supports local animal shelters in Southern California.


Camellia Bauman

Secretary

Camellia received her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management and Associates of Art degree in Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She has always had an interest in helping others - as an adolescent in the Bay Area, CA, she volunteered in soup kitchens and senior centers, as well as fundraising for non-profits such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the ALS Society, and AIDS United. Camellia is also a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She is currently raising her daughter while managing various projects. She believes in the power of serving the spirits of others and looking past what meets the eye.


Caitlin Murray

Board Member

Caitlin received her Bachelors of Science degree in 2008 from Western Michigan University. She has been working in retail at Nordstrom Inc. She has held many different roles and is currently a store manager in Michigan.

While working as a district Human Resources Manager, Caitlin became passionate about mental health. It was in this role that she was able to support many employees dealing with various life challenges.

Caitlin has lived in the Metro Detroit area her whole life and is grateful to experience the rebirth of the city firsthand. While Detroit is beginning to thrive, there are roughly 14,000 homeless individuals. Caitlin is passionate about volunteering in the community and enjoys sharing her time at soup kitchens and other organizations around Detroit.


Dr. Mitra Bahaee

Board Member

Mitra graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science. She then continued her education at Wayne State University where she received her medical degree. She is currently a first year Beaumont family medicine resident.

While working at a hospital and clinic in Westland, Mitra has had first-hand experience treating a population with minimal access to healthcare, especially when it comes to mental health.

She lives in the Metro Detroit area and has been involved with the community since her move five years ago. She has witnessed the struggles of the homeless population while volunteering at free clinics and soup kitchens around Detroit. She is passionate about raising awareness for this group of individuals through advocacy and education.


Jamsheed Bahaee

Board Member

Jamsheed graduated Central Michigan University in 2016 where he received a Bachelors of Science. He is currently a third-year medical student at Central Michigan University College of Medicine.

As part of CMU’s Medicine program, students have the opportunity to train in rural towns across Michigan where homelessness, poverty, and minimal resources are very common. Not only is there a significant population of people in these areas who require resources for basic life needs, however, also desperately need resources for individuals with mental health disorders as well. Jamsheed became passionate about advocating for people struggling with mental health while training with the rural population. As a student, Jamsheed has had the ability understand learn about the challenges this population faces in accessing resources and care.

When people think of poverty and homelessness, they rarely think about the small rural towns which have limited resources and education. As a member of this foundation, Jamsheed plans to bring more attention to the needs of these areas and groups of people. Through education, volunteering, and kindness, the individuals in these areas struggling with many life challenges can have better access to the assistance they truly need.



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