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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 | 0 comments

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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Study: Financial Education Key For Domestic Violence Survivors

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

Article written by: Melissa Jeltsen WASHINGTON — Marina A. has no bruises or scars from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband. That is, unless you look at her bank account. “My husband was in total control of the money,” she told The Huffington Post at a conference on financial abuse Wednesday. “At times, he let me have a debit card but he would tell me where and when I could use it. Other times, he would borrow it and ‘lose’ it, leaving me with nothing. I couldn’t drive. I had no money to call a cab. I...

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Posted by Nada Shamah on Aug 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

On Sunday, July 27, the day before Eid al-Fitr, the staff of AAFS rented a truck and donated more food to Iraqi refugees who are struggling. Staff made their way to Bridge to Baghdad, a facility located on Western Ave. and Devon in Chicago. This facility has become a safe haven for Iraqis who have been displace

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AAFS Intervenes With Help in One Family’s Crisis

Posted by Nada Shamah on Aug 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Months ago, a 25-year-old woman walked into Arab American Family Services. She was sad and devastated. Her and her young family had hit a rough patch. She is the mother of two young children, ages 1 and 5. Seemingly upset, she was taken in by a caseworker who took the time to listen to her needs. The client’s husband recently had his hours cut at work. Unable to make ends meet, the family was living under the poverty level. Worst of all, the 1-year-old was sick and fear of medical bills mounting, was unable to seek medical attention. She...

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Success Stories Come True With the Help of AAFS

Posted by Nada Shamah on Aug 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

It is always difficult when a family who presumably has it all, falls on tough times. A once secure home, with a happily married couple and rambunctious children running around, can take a turn for the worst when tough economic times take their course. This was the case for a 25-year-old married woman who was married with four children, one on the way. Her and her husband never thought things can go bad. Until his hours at work were cut severely, and she was unable to go back to the workforce because she was still tending to her young...

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Tutoring Program Tackles Problems to Ensure Early Intervention

Posted by Nada Shamah on Jun 20, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, our priorities are enhancing the lives of our people, regardless of age. We believe that the best way to ensure the future of our people is to begin at the root. That is why early intervention, especially in the area of education, is important. If a child is in danger of failing, or is struggling in school, there is no reason to be ashamed to ask for help. At AAFS, we have formed a tutoring department that’s main focus is early intervention. Deama Sheika and Sophia Mohammad are head of the tutoring...

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