October 8, 1925 – August 25, 1992
Anayat Monjazeb grew up in Persia and became a pioneer in textile engineering. In the mid 1970’s, he and his wife, Mahin, moved to the United States, where Anayat continued his work in textiles.
Anayat’s daughter, Mimi Daniali, and her husband, Saeed, emigrated from Iran to Beaumont in the early 1980’s. Anayat became ill in the summer of 1992 and spent the last months of life in an intensive care unit in Houston.
After her father was admitted, Mimi spent much of her time in the ICU waiting room to be near him. She became familiar with the other families staying there. Many were sleeping in the waiting room because they could not afford a hotel.
The experience she had in the Houston hospital and a desire to honor her father, inspired Mimi and Saeed. In 1993, they took a second mortgage on their home and purchased a house on McFaddin near our area hospitals. After much hard work, the house was opened in 1994.
In 1995, the non-profit organization was formed and in 2004, the Danialis gifted the house to the organization.
After twenty years of successful operation, a brand new Anayat House facility was constructed and opened for guests in January 2014. The new facility was totally funded through donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Located just blocks from CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital, the new ADA accessible house has six guest bedrooms with private baths, common living, dining, library and laundry facilities. With over 5000 square feet, the new Anayat House is warm and comfortable, providing a safe place of respite for those enduring the stress, expense, and heartache of medical crisis.
Today Anayat House continues to fulfill Mimi’s dream of providing individuals a place to stay when they or a family member are undergoing medical treatment.