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Illinois Welcomes Immigrants and Refugees

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 16, 2017 in Blog, Featured, news | 0 comments

AAFS in support of ICIRR Advocacy Day   (SPRINGFIELD, IL —March 15, 2017) Arab American Family Services traveled to our State Capital in Springfield, IL, today! AAFS was one of the 30 plus member organizations taking part in Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Advocacy Day. MCing this event was our very own Director, Nareman Taha. As hundreds of leaders and supporters joined them at the State Capitol, they demanded elected officials dig deeper to better understand the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois, so...

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AAFS Takes its Services to Minnesota!

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

AAFS changing lives in Minnesota! Last week, Arab American Family Services was honored to be part of a week-long great national initiative between AAFS and the United Food & Commercial Worker (UFCW), in Minnesota. I, Rima Najia, was sent there to help the members of their union become citizens. It was a humbling and amazing experience to be able to engage with the community at large, to help and provide them with the necessary support. We were able to meet approximately 120 members, providing them with the legal advice necessary to see...

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Award-Winning Documentary Screening, Hosted by AAFS

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 8, 2017 in Blog, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Free Documentary Screening Because April is National Sexual Assault Month, we have partnered up with Benedictine University’s SJP, FemPOWER, and The Chicago Palestine Film Festival to feature a powerful and informative documentary on sexual assault. On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Arab American Family Services will be hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary, Duma, also known as “dolls”, in Arabic. In a world where women are often pressured not to speak out against the atrocities they’ve faced, this documentary...

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Co-Founder and Director off AAFS, Nareman Taha, to Speak at DIC

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 7, 2017 in Blog, Events, Featured, news | 0 comments

International Women’s Day We are incredibly proud to announce that on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, our very own Nareman Taha, Co-Founder and Director of Arab American Family Services, will be a speaker on this panel! The event is in honor of International Women’s Day. Alongside her will be Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, Founder and President of the Syrian Community Network, Rummana Hussain, Criminal Courts Reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and Alia Bilal, Director of Community Relations at Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN).   The...

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Free ESL and Civics Class!

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 7, 2017 in Blog, Events, Featured, news | 2 comments

FREE ESL and Civic Classes! Since January 16th, 2017, Arab American Family Services has been hosting both English as a Second Language (ESL) and civic classes! We understand how intimidating learning a second language can be and how important passing the citizenship test is, so we’ve created a program just for you! Join us as instructor Dillon Ficca teaches you everything you need to know to pass the citizenship test and strengthen your English! To find out more info, feel free to call us at (708)...

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Elderly Depression Workshop

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The Elderly Department at Arab American Family Services hosted an Elderly Depression Workshop on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 10am-12pm. It was an event catered to seniors over 60, their caregivers and family members. This workshop was designed to educate attendees about depression so that they can understand how it affects them or friends and loved ones who may be affected by it. Discussions ranged from symptomology, treatment, and ways in which they can help someone who may be a victim of mild to moderate depression. Attendees were also...

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Know Your Rights Workshop

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Know your rights! With the influx of hateful rhetoric and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents shaking up our communities, AAFS decided to host a Know Your Rights Workshop On Thursday, February 9, 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to educate community members about current immigration enforcement priorities while learning about your rights as a community member, regardless of your immigration status. We understand the challenges our communities are facing and we aim to arm you with knowledge that will ease the hearts of you and...

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Monthly Women Empowerment Workshop

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

On February 9, 2017, we hosted our first AAFS Women’s Empowerment Workshop! Because of the importance of educating our community members about balancing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we decided to develop a monthly event that caters to women in our community. With a cup of coffee in hand, and a judgment-free space, a dialogue was exchanged and questions were answered. Each month AAFS will present a workshop with relatable themes and concerns that are currently on the rise in our community. This month’s theme was Women’s...

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January’s Employee of the Month

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

January’s Spotlight! The employee of the month for January was Ibtessam A! Ibtessam is one of the Domestic Violence Advocates at AAFS and has been with us since 2004! Aside from being an integral part of our organization, Ibtessam has always been an extremely involved member of the community, either tutoring someone who needed assistance or volunteering her time by participating in community projects. On the side, she enjoys crafting and painting and often incorporates her talents into her work. When asked what her job means to her,...

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December’s Employee of the Month

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

December Spotlight! The employee of the month for December was Najwa S! Saleh, has been a part of the AAFS family since 2006 and was one of the spearheads that amplified the development of the Elderly Department. Her contribution, passion, and dedication are only a few of the characteristics that make her an asset to our team. Aside from being passionate about her work, Saleh enjoys spending quality time with family and embracing every moment she has with them. She is also a committed Bulls fan! When asked what inspires her and what motivates...

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