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شوية فصحى و شوية عامية

Posted by Nada Shamah on Mar 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

شوية فصحى و شوية عامية شو يعني عنف منزلي يكثر هذه الايام الحديث عن العنف المنزلي . يبدو ان التشخيص غير واضح معناه للناس . و قد اسميته تشخيص لان العنف المنزلي هو مرض اجتماعي يصيب كل الناس بكافة اشكالهم ، و انواعهم لا يعرف عرق، دين ، طبقة اجتماعية ، علم ، و غيره. لنبدأ الحديث ببعض الاحصائيات حتى نعطي صورة عن...

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Even the Saddest Stories have the Best Outcomes

Posted by Nada Shamah on Jan 30, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Every client that walks through the doors of Arab American Family Services, manages to find a way to inspire us and change the way we look at the world. Recently, a 58-year-old client came for assistance. He had recently lost his job due to health issues that were causing him to lose his vision. With the events he had experienced, he was now forced to move in with his sister for assistance. When he walked through our doors, we immediately noticed he was in distress. He informed his caseworker that he had no way of paying for his energy...

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AAFS Works Hard to Ensure Client Health and Safety

Posted by Nada Shamah on Jan 30, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Sometimes, the best gift you can give your client is patience. Often times, as an agency, we know we cannot solve every client’s problems and often times, we have to seek assistance from a state agency, to give us the extra push to get the job done. Recently, a client came to the Arab American Family Services office. She was pregnant and in need of health insurance. Our diligent caseworkers were able to make her an appointment at the Bridgeview Courthouse, where she was able to obtain proof of pregnancy in order to get a temporary...

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Opening the Doors to Assistance at AAFS

Posted by Nada Shamah on Jan 30, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, a client will often walk through the door with one concern and in the process, walk out of the door with more assistance then they had known they qualified for. We believe that knowledge is power, and offering a helping hand makes our days worth it. Recently, we met a client who had recently moved to Illinois from another state. Her concern was that she did not know where to go to register her children for school. Due to her limited English skills, she felt she was unable to communicate with the school...

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Respecting Our Elders Opens Our Eyes to the Future

Posted by Nada Shamah on Jan 30, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, we see clients with all types of personalities. Unfortunately, many clients who walk through our doors have exhausted every effort to get help. Whether it is a domestic violence situation, or a client for our elderly department, we do not always know what is going to come through our doors. One of our elderly caseworkers has seen her fair share of clients over her 10 year career. Wafa Zegar has been working with seniors since she began with AAFS in 2005. Zegar says that often times she is sitting with a...

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Hope Is There for Victims of Domestic Violence

Posted by Nada Shamah on Dec 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, we are proud of our Domestic Violence department for always taking as much time needed to help bring relief and assistance to the victims. Following successful outcomes to sorrowful stories, AAFS keeps in touch with victims who came to us during their time of need. We are pleased to announce that many of our clients are thriving and moving ahead. Recently, a former client of the domestic violence department came to our office to visit her caseworker. She was excited to announce some wonderful changes that have...

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AAFS Tutoring Program: Making a Difference in a Student’s Life

Posted by Nada Shamah on Dec 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, we are working hard to ensure that our youth’s futures are bright and successful. We believe that working on learning issues early in life will give an opportunity to correct issues and help lay the pavement for successful futures in junior high school, high school and the college years. Our tutoring program is held every Monday and Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Bridgeview Community Center, 7900 S. Oketo Ave. in Bridgeview. Our student’s success stories from past sessions is what keeps us...

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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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