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Greenberg (movie)

Commentary: Using music to jump-start shelter for abused women

Jalleh Arian-Nejad has been through a lot. But her experience, she said, has made her better, not bitter, and has clarified her dream of giving back. The North Laurel resident, a professional singer, pianist and actress, wants to open a nonprofit shelter for women who have been physically abused. "I want it to be a transitional home, like the House of Ruth," she explained following the worship service at Calvary Chapel, which meets at the North Laurel Community Center. Arian-Nejad is part of the music team at the church. "The whole plan is to get them back on their feet. I want my music to be a way to jump start the shelter." For every show she does, she wants to...