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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 displaced following the war.

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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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AAFS: Our Voice for the Community

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

At Arab American Family Services, our dedication to our clients does not end with the response of, “I’m sorry, we can’t do anything else.” We are persistent and consistent and our goal is to help every client that walks through our doors. Recently, we met a 52-year-old man who had fallen on hard times. His wife had passed away and he was left with just one son, 28. His current state left him unemployed, unable to work. He was battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. His son had gone above and beyond to help his father but...

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Persistence: Never Give Up On Your Client

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

Recently, we turned to the staff of Arab American Family Services to ask them questions on what makes their jobs so meaningful and worth while. The answers that were given were so heart-warming, it left no shadow of a doubt that he job we are doing in the community, the tireless hours and the unselfish desire to give back, is worth every second of our time. The elderly department of AAFS sees numerous senior citizen clients, day in and day out, who come to us when they need assistance seeking medical benefits, health assistance or help with...

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AAFS Takes Part in Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence Advocacy Day

Posted by Nada Shamah on May 16, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

On Wednesday, May 14, Arab American Family Services headed down to Springfield, Ill., to take part in Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence Advocacy Day. The ICADV is a not for profit organization founded in 1978 by twelve local domestic violence programs to collectively advocate for services, policies and practices that help battered women and contribute to the elimination of domestic violence. With domestic violence becoming more common in the Arab American community, AAFS is trying to be a catalyst in the community and raise...

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AAFS Works with Law Enforcement to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

Posted by Nada Shamah on May 16, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Domestic violence in the Arab American community is on the rise. It has become a stigma to discuss the issue, whereas resulting in family changing situations. Arab American Family Services is taking an active role in trying to raise awareness of the situation and try to make changes in how the community sees and handles domestic violence in the community. Aside from taking in clients and counseling them in our growing Domestic Violence Department, AAFS has been reaching out to local police departments and giving trainings on what police...

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AAFS Hosts Community Health Programs

Posted by Nada Shamah on May 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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Elderly Services Department Offers Assistance and Smiles

Posted by Nada Shamah on May 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

With the economy in the shape it is, there is no doubt that many people have fallen on difficult times. It is even more disturbing that many of our senior citizens, both retired and still working, have been some of the most hardest hit, especially with increasing gas bills, electric bills and other expenses. May 1st marked the beginning of the Ceda, PIPP Programs and the ComEd Weatherization program, that help alleviate the stress of bills and heavy payments on our seniors. At Arab American Family Services, we place our seniors on a pedestal...

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