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What We do

Arab American Family Services (AAFS), a nonprofit social service agency founded in 2001 by Itedal Shalabi and Nareman Taha.

AAFS provides service to over 30 communities in the South Suburban Chicagoland area. Our programs focus on the areas of Safety Net case management; parent-mentor programs; youth and elderly services; immigration services; domestic violence prevention and intervention services; translation services; mental health services; health insurance and Obamacare assistance; Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) programs; Veterans Tutoring Programs; and culture awareness training.

AAFS is a non-political, non-religious organization that focuses on building respect and understanding between Arab-Americans and the mainstream-American culture. 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, AAFS is making a profound and positive impact in our community.

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