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At AAFS, Advocacy Always Wins!

Posted by Nada Shamah on Jun 24, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

A middle-class Jordanian family, were living their day-to- day when, the mother asked her 10 year old son to go get bread and some groceries from across the street. The kid took the same street every day he would normally, and in a split second the kid’s life changed. A motorcyclist had crashed into the kid because he didn’t see him. The accident left the child with severe brain damage, resulting in a left-side paralysis. The brain damage, had caused the child to begin withdrawing from his surroundings, family, and of course his school was...

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Domestic Violence Client Gets a Second Chance at a Better Life

Posted by Nada Shamah on Jun 10, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Recently, we were pleased to hear a positive update on a previous domestic violence survivor case. We met our 46-year-old client several months ago when she first came to Arab American Family Services. A refugee, she was also a single mother of two sons, ages 15 and 10. Faced with being a single mother, she had no contact with her former husband, who had also refused to pay child support. We learned from her that in her native country, she had always held jobs in the areas of cleaning services. She was able to get a job at a local hotel in...

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At AAFS, Our Success Stories Make All The Difference

Posted by Nada Shamah on Jun 10, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, we are always blessed to have the opportunity, day in and day out, to help every client that walks in the door. Recenly, we met a 58-year-old man who recently lost his job as an auditor, due to health issues. He suffered a stroke that caused blindness in one eye, and poor vision in the other. His job was as an auditor, and he could not do that job without the use of his eyes. Faced with the difficult task of losing his job and his health issues, John is now being supported by his sister.   When we met...

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AAFS: Building Stronger and Healthier Generations of Arab Americans

Posted by Nada Shamah on Feb 5, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

  Arab American Family Services, serves as a pillar in the Arab American community, working hard to ensure every client that walks through our doors is cared for and given the assistance they need to help improve their quality of life. We stand by our mission to change and impact the quality of life by serving and building stronger and healthier generations of Arab Americans in our communities. We also value our vision statement which is to be a nonprofit organization that provides accessible and effective social services to communities...

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One Call to AAFS Can Make All the Difference

Posted by Nada Shamah on Jan 8, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, we are no stranger to the changes that take place in just one meeting with a client. Often times, clients come in seeking assistance in one aspect of the many services we provide, only to find out that they are eligible for multiple program assistance. Recently, we met a 28-year-old-single mother with 3 children. She had come to AAFS to get help applying for food stamp benefits, since she was low income. Client walked in to the office to apply After a brief discussion and asking her various questions to...

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AAFS Strives to Make Clients Welcome

Posted by Nada Shamah on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

At AAF, we strive to eliminate stereotypes that surround the Arab and Muslim community. We have had several mainstream clientele who came into Arab American Family Services with misconceptions about Arab and Muslim portrayal in the media. On many occasions, we have been complimented on how respectful we are and how the clients that walk through the door always feel welcome, respected, and given excellent services. Clients are always impressed with our professional demeanor and the idea we are all Muslim women. This in itself changed the...

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Our Clients are Our Inspiration

Posted by Nada Shamah on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Arab American Family Services is proud of the hard work and dedication of our domestic violence department. One of our domestic violence caseworkers has been working with a client for a while. We met the client about a year ago in the family relations court room at the Bridgeview Courthouse. When we met her, she was divorced from her husband for about four years and was fighting him for child support money for her children. She asked the caseworker for help learning more English. She needed the assistance to better explain her situation to the...

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AAFS Speaks at NASW Conference

Posted by Nada Shamah on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Arab American Family Services was fortunate to attend the National Association of Social Workers conference. AAFS co-founder Nareman Taha gave a presentation discussing domestic violence in the Arab American and Arab immigrant community. AAFS was able to bring awareness to the Arab community and the common diseases  of domestic violence, alcoholism, substance abuse and other issues that are plaguing the community. An audience of over 150 people tuned in to the discussion. Their questions we regarding the Arab cultures and traditions and...

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Advocacy Law Firm

Posted by Nada Shamah on Oct 2, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

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Breaking Cultural Barriers to Reach an Understanding

Posted by Nada Shamah on Aug 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Several weeks ago, Arab American Family Services elderly department caseworker Wafa Zegar, received a frantic phone call from a case manager at Managed Care Organizations (health and home service). She was having a hard time getting in touch wit with an elderly couple who she needed to meet and complete their annual assessment for services. The couple spoke limited English. The case manager had even gone to their house and they would not open the door for her. Feeling frustrated and overwhelmed with them not being able to earn their trust...

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