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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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AAFS Tutoring Program Will Prepare Your Child for the New Year

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

With the 2015-2016 school year about to kick-off, Arab American Family Services is strengthening it’s tutoring program. Tutoring will be offered Monday through Thursday from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at the Bridgeview Community Center located on 7900 S. Oketo. Tutoring is offered in all subject matters for students in 3rd through 8th grade and there is no cost at all. Recently, we were asked to meet with a student who’s family had recently moved to the United States. The student spoke no English. Everything that was said to him had to be...

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AAFS: Helping the Community Grow One Client at a Time

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

Recently, a client came to our Arab American Family Services office looking for assistance to help obtain food for her and her two children. AAFS caseworker Amani Abbasi met one on one with the client and assessed her. She was able to give her a list of food pantries located in and around the client’s community. Abbasi informed her that every Monday, AAFS receives donations of bread and offered an invitation to come in the following Monday and take as much bread as she needed and wanted. “In addition to the information on food...

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AAFS: Standing in Solidarity with Immigrants from All Religions

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

Every Friday, families get deported from the Broadview Detention Center. To show support and solidarity during the difficult moment when families are getting separated, the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants (ICDI)  organizes a vigil prayer. The ICDI is a coalition of religious leaders and advocacy groups who are called to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of all individuals and communities affected by immigration detention through public witness, advocacy, pastoral care ann  other activities. Ever since their...

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AAFS: A Full-Service Agency There for Your Needs

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

Recently, a client visited Arab America Family Services with her four children. She appeared to be very stressed. She came in looking for assistance while trying to juggle her family’s personal documents and keeping her eyes on her active children. She not only had her hands full, she looked ready to fall apart and urgently needed help from AAFS. The clients was referred to AAFS by her close friend, who had recently become aware of her family’s financial struggle. She explained to her the great difficulty her family has of...

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AAFS to Attend the International Summit & Training on Violence, Abuse & Trauma

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

Here is a short summary of the conference that AAFS is presenting at in San Diego, California on August 22nd. In 2014, DePaul university contacted Arab American Family Services and asked them to be part of a study conducted by the social work department. The study is titled “Arab Women and Domestic Violence: Implications for Practice and Cultural Awareness” For the study, DePaul asked to interview 25 domestic violent survivors from the Arab American Community. After completing mandatory certification to interview clients for the...

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AAFS Domestic Violence Department: Creating a Platform for Survivors

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

Arab American Family Services advocates have found that aside from benefiting the survivor, their advocacy services have also educated, informed and opened the door for cultural sensitivity at institutions, police departments, hospitals, courts and even other domestic violence agencies. AAFS educates and creates a platform for survivors, community members and service providers to ask question and discuss issues that arise from complex cultural barriers. AAFS recently assisted a 68-year-old woman who was physically, mentally and financially...

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AAFS Domestic Violence Department Praised by Former Clients

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

The staff at Arab American Family Services is dedicated and supportive to their clients. Each client has a unique story. As a social services organization, many of our clients have complex stories; many come to us when they feel no one else will listen or help. As difficult as it is to say, our clients come to us when they feel they are at their wits end. Our domestic violence department has seen clients from all walks of life. At AAFS, the goal to to offer assistance to every client that seeks it. And one thing we never do is give up. The...

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AAFS Goes the Extra Mile to Help Clients Reach the American Dream

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

At Arab American Family Services, our immigration department is hard at work to help clients succeed in becoming American citizens and strive to reach the American dream. Rima Najia, AAFS’s Immigration and Citizenship Program Coordinator is always giving her all to help every client that walks through our doors. “Helping people become citizens is one of the most rewarding feelings,” says Najia. “Seeing the joy on their faces once they become citizens of the United States, is one that truly warms my heart,”...

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April Marks Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by Nada Shamah on Apr 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Many Arabs and Muslims who are new to the Unites States face issues that may hinder them from feeling like they belong. Often times, a new country and a new culture make it difficult to get accustomed to a new country. Many times, Arab immigrants bring a piece of their culture and upbringing with them to the United States, and as many of us know, that is not always an issue. It is important to hold on to a piece of your culture, regardless of where you are, to always have a clear reminder of who you are and where you come from. But what...

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