On Sunday, January 31st we collected money in our Shared Plate for the Al-Huda Islamic Center and their newly purchased space in Lansing NY. Twenty years in the making –– the Al-Huda Islamic Center of the Finger Lakes has opened the doors to the first mosque in Tompkins County. The word “Al-Huda” translates to “the guidance”. For the people drawn to Ithaca and Tompkins County from far and wide, including from Islamic communities all over the globe, having its presence and their new mosque helps make this place feel less intimidating and more like a guide to their new homes and next chapters in life. The building can be used as is at this time by the local Islamic community with little additional investment, but they will still do some basic improvements such as installing prayer carpets in the smaller prayer room and adapting the restrooms to increase the capacity to make wudu possible. A second project phase is being planned to optimize the building for their purposes. This will include the installation of windows in the prayer rooms, converting existing overhead doors to finished walls, installing finish wall and ceiling surfaces in some areas, adding or moving partitions for classrooms, installing additional commercial kitchen equipment in a comprehensive plan to be designed by an architect. Once the pandemic subsides, visitors from the greater Tompkins community will be more than welcome to pay a visit. We collected $605 in donations for this important local community.