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Denouncing Domestic Violence After the Fact

Posted by Nada Shamah on Oct 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Former Chicago Bears General Manager Jerry Angelo has come out to say that he is aware of decades of covering up domestic violence in the National Football League. But to declare that it occurred after the fact is the same as turning the cheek to a wrong act. Domestic violence is wrong, no matter who commits the act. Domestic violence effects everyone, no matter what race, religion or cultural status. Speak out against domestic violence. It is not...

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AAFS: Breaking Down the Stereotypes One Client at a Time

Posted by Nada Shamah on Oct 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, we are an organization that welcomes everyone who walks through our doors. We welcome people from all walks of life. Recently, a Caucasian client came in for assistance. As we were assisting him with his CEDA application, he had informed us that he had never been in contact with a Muslim woman or the Arab-American community. He had no knowledge of the religion or culture, other than what he saw on the news, which was filled with negative stereotypes. He was apprehensive at first and admit that he was even a...

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AAFS: Where Our Clients Are Our Inspiration

Posted by Nada Shamah on Oct 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The stories that walk through the doors of Arab American Family Services are the ones that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Several days ago, a disable client came into our Elderly Services department. She was severely depressed, lonely and did not want to talk.  She was so stern, uptight, and very agitated.  As we approached her and asked her how she was doing, she gave us strange looks as if she was insulted by the question.  As she sat at the desk, we tried not to make her feel uncomfortable. One caseworker, Wafa Zegar, kept...

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The Smallest Actions Can Make the Biggest Difference in Domestic Violence

Posted by Nada Shamah on Sep 26, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, we take pride in our Domestic Violence department, that dedicates so many hours and days into ensuring their clients’ voice is heard and that their fear is laid to rest. Recently, in the news, we have been bombarded with stories of domestic violence, that paint a terrifying reality in our world: that domestic violence still exists and still effects so many people, from all walks of life. At AAFS, we see many victims walk through our office doors with stories that are hard to handle; hard to comprehend....

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A Combination of Strength and Determination Show Great Results

Posted by Nada Shamah on Sep 26, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, our commitment to the clients that what through our doors is our top priority. We are always touched by the stories that our clients have and it is the push we need to keep us going strong and serving the community. Recently, we were approached by a 37-year-old female with a rare, disabling condition that could easily be treated with physical therapy.  The problem she faced was that she was uninsured and not eligible for Medicaid due to the requirements. She was seeking treatment at Stroger’s Cook...

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AAFS and Islamic Relief Help Bring Relief to a Family in Need

Posted by Nada Shamah on Sep 5, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, the client we serve come from various walks of life. One client we will always remember is a 35-year-old widowed mother of 3 who had refugee status. This client had fallen on terrible times and had found herself homeless and living in city parks. AAFS had learned from her situation from a source and knew that an intervention was a necessity. Through funding from Islamic Relief, AAFS was able to assist the client and her children with an apartment and furniture. During the transition process, the client was...

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A Ray of Light Through the Darkest Times

Posted by Nada Shamah on Sep 5, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, nothing assures us that our job is done more than a success story. Recently,  a 28 year old single mother came to AAFS seeking many different services. At that time, her husband abandoned her and her children and left her with no financial support at all. She was in dire need for help. The staff of AAFS assisted her with applying for all public benefits that she and her children qualified for, as well as being added to our annual Food Drive, Eid drive, and Back to School Drive. Throughout the process of...

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Register to Vote at AAFS

Posted by Nada Shamah on Aug 29, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Anyone interested in becoming a registered voter will have a chance to sign up at the Arab American Family Services office on 9044 S. Octavia in Bridgeview. Anyone interested can either come in or call to make an appointment. In order to register, you must be at least 18 years-old, an American citizen and must have been a resident of the precinct they wish to vote in for at least 30 days prior to Election Day. For more information, please call (708) 599-2237.

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Social Justice in a Nutshell

Posted by Nada Shamah on Aug 22, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Social justice is defined as “promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity.” It exists when “all people share a common humanity and therefore have a right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources.” In conditions of social justice, people are “not be discriminated against, nor their welfare and well-being constrained or prejudiced on the basis of gender, sexuality, religion, political affiliations, age, race, belief, disability,...

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AAFS To Host Citizenship Workshop in November

Posted by Nada Shamah on Aug 22, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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