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Voters Support Major Amendment to Domestic Violence Bill of Rights

Posted by Nada Shamah on Nov 7, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Voters across Illinois stood together to change a law and the way it effects victims and family members of domestic violence. The choice to vote in favor of the amendment to change the Illinois Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights means an expansion to certain rights already granted to crime victims in the state and would give victims the ability to enforce their rights in court. Some of the key amendments include the right to be free from harassment and intimidation, and the right to know and request a hearing if the victim’s information is...

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Lessons Learned from Each Client that Walk Into Our Doors

Posted by Nada Shamah on Nov 7, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, we take pride in the fact that we never judge our clients for what is happening in their lives. Rather, our goal is to advance and better the lives of our clients. We take our time with each client by providing a thorough assessment to ensure that we offer them all the benefits they are entitled to.  We educate them on every benefit and what to expect, all the while, treating them with dignity and respect. To us, our clients are real people with real stories. They are not a number. Our clients always feel...

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AAFS: Giving Hope Where Hope May Be Lost

Posted by Nada Shamah on Nov 7, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Recently, a new client had come to Arab American Family Services to apply for elderly services. Unfortunately, he was missing all of his legal documents. The client was in distress. He had not been able to get over the loss of his son, and being overcome with sadness, his health had began to deteriorate. He needed to seek medical help but was able to due to his missing documents. But the elderly caseworkers at AAFS would not give up. They were able to help him get benefits from the government, such as food stamps and the Medical Card. We also...

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Success Story Comes Following Months of Bad News

Posted by Nada Shamah on Nov 7, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, every client that walks through our agency’s doors is treated with respect and given all the assistance they need to put their minds at ease. At AAFS, we take pride in our work and persistency. Many stories we hear, day in and day out, go on to stay in our minds and hearts forever. Often, the smile we see on our client’s face after finding a solution to their struggles, makes every bit of our job worth it. Recently, we had a client come to our elderly department needing assistance. She had been in...

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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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