Arab American Family Services (AAFS), a nonprofit social service agency founded in 2001, provides caring, compassionate assistance to (South Suburban) Chicagoland residents, with special sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic needs of Arab Americans. AAFS offers support in the areas of public benefits, immigration, domestic violence, mental health, and elderly services and sponsors outreach programs to build healthier families and communities. As a locally focused, nonpolitical and nonreligious agency, AAFS takes a leading role in building bridges respect and understanding between Arab-American and mainstream-American cultures. We not only assist Arab speakers in their native language and dialect, we are increasingly recognized by government agencies and other nonprofits as the best local resource for cultural exchange and translation services. AAFS serves as a catalyst for social change by actively seeking to confront the myths and taboos that have kept some Arab Americans from obtaining the assistance they need. By helping local neighbors overcome personal crisis, strengthen their families, and live healthier, more successful lives, Arab American Family Services is making a profound and positive impact in our community.
As it continues to fulfill its mission, Arab American Family Services strives to serve Arab American families, individuals, and those in need by providing them access to:
- Public Benefits Assistance
- Elderly Services
- Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention
- Outreach and Interpretation
- Cultural Trainings
- Youth Programs
- English Second Language (E.S.L)
- Women and Children Crisis Fund (WCCF)
- Immigration Services
- and much more
Helping to keep families together and not having individuals lose hope in their community or society as a whole is the driving force of what continues to make Arab American Family Services what it is today.
Arab American Family Services believes everyone–from our board, staff, and volunteers, all the way to our donors and founders—is a part of the greater picture of bringing joy, security and stability to our thousands of clients. Each investment of time, resources and funds is continuously directed to identifying strategic ways of expanding and enhancing programs that will positively impact the lives of Arab Americans and others in ever-increasing ways. These investments have been critical to the longevity and sustainability of our organization. It is through the unceasing efforts, time and again taken to great lengths, of those who truly want to make a difference in the lives of others that Arab American Family Services is able to continue providing our valuable, tangible, life-changing services.