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URGENT ACTION REQUESTED

Posted by Ayah Chehade on Jun 12, 2017 in Blog, news | 0 comments

Support the Illinois TRUST Act- call Gov. Rauner NOW. URGENT ACTION: We need your help- Support the TRUST Act! The Illinois Trust Act would prevent state law enforcement agencies in assisting in immigration actions unless there's a warrant. It would also offer protections for places like schools and other safe havens.To voice your support, we need you to make TWO phone calls: one to Gov. Rauner's Springfield Office, and one to his Chicago office:Chicago: (312)-814-2121Springfield: (217)-782-0244CALL SCRIPT:"Hello, my name...

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AAFS App Wins Verizon Innovative Learning Contest

Posted by Ayah Chehade on Jun 5, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Gallery, news | 0 comments

AAFS App Wins Verizon Innovative Learning Contest

This past week, a team of three Gwendolyn Brooks Academy students qualified to participate in the Verizon Innovative Learning showcase, winning first place for their app design. Ambrelyn Rodriguez, Jaquelyn Romero, and Mareanna White collaborated to design an app that would serve the needs of AAFS clients.     “We created a multi-language accessible app with an event calendar and a hotline that would allow the clients to be assisted when needed,” said Jaquelyn Romero. “Our app is...

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Looking Back | A Fellows’ Reflections

Posted by Nour Zein on Jun 5, 2017 in Blog, Events, Featured, Gallery, news | 0 comments

Reflection by: Helwa Saleh   “I went from a naive girl to an independent and strong woman. Going into this fellowship I had no idea what to expect, but I was excited. I had a lot of ups and downs, but it was the most impactful nine months of my life. It was hard to navigate around, trying to find out all of the services AAFS had, but once I was on the floor I became shocked at all that we offered. I learned valuable leadership, outreach, and organizing skills. With those skills, I was able to create a new and expanding young adults...

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Ramadan While School is in Session

Posted by Nour Zein on May 31, 2017 in Blog, Featured, news | 0 comments

Ramadan while school is in session Saturday, May 27, 2017, marked the first day of Ramadan this year. Ramadan is the sacred month for Muslims across the world. For those of you who may not know, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset for 29 or 30 days (depending on the moon sighting). Because it has been over 5 years since Ramadan took place during the school year, school administrators and faculty were not sure what to expect or how to approach this year’s, Ramadan.   With long days of fasting, it can be challenging for all ages,...

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AAFS is Accepting Applications for Fellowships. Could You be Our Next Fellow?

Posted by Nour Zein on May 31, 2017 in Blog, Events, Featured, news | 0 comments

Interested in learning more about Arab American Family Services while gaining hands-on experience? You’re in luck! We are now accepting applications for our 2017-20018 Fellowship, sponsored by National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC). If you are a college student or recent graduate, interested in a fellowship opportunity with an Arab American non-profit organization, apply today at: https://goo.gl/forms/45n5h8kIaJJ4orhl2 Deadline is August 1, 2017! Check out the link below to learn more information about the...

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Scholarship Opportunity!

Posted by Nour Zein on May 31, 2017 in Blog, Events, Featured, news | 0 comments

School can be expensive, but there is power in knowledge and because of that, we are constantly encouraging others to enrich themselves through education. Arab American Family Services is delighted to share with you a new scholarship opportunity available through the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP). The Dr. Adawia Alousi STEM Scholarship Fund for Muslim Women provides financial assistance to American Muslim women pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in the United States.   is anticipated...

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The Last Potluck Before Ramadan

Posted by Nour Zein on May 26, 2017 in Blog, Events, Featured, news | 0 comments

Did you notice that we open up at 11 am on Friday’s? No, we are not sleeping in, we’re working on strategies to improve our programs for you! It is the last Friday before Ramadan and because many staff members are participating in Ramadan, the staff decided to put together a potluck. For those of you who many not know, Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims, because it is the month that Muslims believe the Quran was revealed. Muslims all over the world fast from dawn until dusk and increase prayer and charity during this time....

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Senior’s Congregate Meal – Lunch Service Menu | May

Posted by Nour Zein on May 18, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Gallery, news, Partners, Sponsors | 0 comments

May is almost over, but you can still take advantage of what the Congregate Meal has to offer. In Partnership with AgeOptions, we offer you a Senior’s Luncheon. We’ll be up and running again after Ramadan, but until then, check out our menu.   Have any suggestions or questions? Contact us at nzein@aafsil.org.  

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AAFS and Community, Participate in 13th Annual Arab American Service Day

Posted by Nour Zein on May 17, 2017 in Blog, Events, Featured, news | 0 comments

Arab American Family Services participated in it’s 13th annual Arab American Service Day   Arab American Family Services participated in it’s 13th annual Arab American Service Day on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Over the years, AAFS has been involved in a number of projects, such as cleaning up the beach and making meal kits for the needy.  This year, we decided to take our services to a family shelter. For those of you who may not know, a family shelter is a place of temporary protection and support for survivors escaping domestic...

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A Home Away From Home – AAFS Success Story

Posted by Nour Zein on May 15, 2017 in Blog, Featured, news | 0 comments

A home away from home. Last spring, Arab American Family Services came in contact with a newly divorced, mother of 3, staying with a friend. Like many of the clients we have had, when she first came into AAFS, she was distraught, worried and afraid for the livelihood of her and her children. She had recently migrated to the United States from Jordan and was struggling to find a way to make America the land of opportunity for her and her children. She was not only hindered by a language barrier, but also by the absence of family in the U.S....

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