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Women’s Empowerment Club – Orders of Protection

Posted by Nour Zein on Apr 3, 2017 in Blog, Featured, news | 0 comments

On March 9, 2017, AAFS held its second session of the Women’s Empowerment Club. This program was designed to educate and empower women on many different platforms. Because domestic violence is, unfortunately, a problem within our communities, we held this session to educate victims and survivors about their rights and how to fill out an order of protection, in the event that their life may be threatened. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates...

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MSA Members Give Back to AAFS

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 27, 2017 in Blog, Events, Featured | 0 comments

On Sunday, March 26, 2017, Arab American Family Services (AAFS) spent the day at the Prayer Center of Orland Park, with members of the Sandburg Muslim Student Association (MSA). MSA members decided to donate care kits to AAFS! These young leaders understand that not all community members have access to essentials such as toothpaste, deodorant, and other necessary hygiene products that we may take for granted. Directors Nareman Taha and Itedal Shalabi spent the day getting to know these young adults and are very proud to see how much they have...

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AAFS Executive Director Honored With Impact Award!

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 25, 2017 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Last night, our Founder and Executive Director, Itedal Shalabi, was one of 9 women honored at the 2017 Impact Awards, hosted by the Chicago Foundation for Women. Itedal was recognized for her outstanding leadership and her work on behalf of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors within our community. Over the years, Itedal, Nareman Taha, (Co-Founder and Director) and the AAFS staff have proven time and time again that they will continue to cultivate programs that reflect the needs and desires of our community. We are truly proud of...

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New Campaign — Give Your Jeans To Those In Need!

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 20, 2017 in Blog, Events, Featured | 0 comments

On Friday March 10, AAFS headed over to Saint Mark Lutheran Church to feed those in need. To learn more about that experience, click here! This time around, we’re partnering back up with St. Mark Lutheran Church, but we need YOUR help! Yes, that’s right, we can’t do this without you! On March 21, we’re launching a GENTLY used jean campaign to give back to those in need. I’m sure we all have a few pairs of jeans that have been sitting in our drawers, waiting to see the light of day, or maybe you have a few you can spare. As long as...

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AAFS Supports Muslim Women’s Alliance’s 10th Year!

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

AAFS had at the MWA Celebrate Muslim Women Expo AAFS had a wonderful time at the MWA Celebrate Muslim Women Expo on Sunday, March 19, 2017. There is nothing we love more than seeing powerful, strong women making a difference not only in their community but also throughout the world. The program kicked off with a networking event and a bazaar filled with local vendors and local artists. Leading up to the luncheon, MWA gave attendees the opportunity to sit in on Civic Engagement and Youth Parallel Sessions.  At the luncheon, MWA featured and...

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AAFS Gives Back to the Needy!

Posted by Nour Zein on Mar 17, 2017 in Blog, Events, Featured, news | 1 comment

AAFS Gives Back to the Needy! On Friday, March 10, 2017, Arab American Family Services traveled to St. Mark Lutheran Church in Worth, Illinois, to feed those in need. As each of the AAFS team members arrived, we noticed participants huddled near the doors. When asked if participants knew that the event was set to begin in an hour, I was notified that many times attendees lined up as early as noon. It was a devastating sight to see, but it was eye-opening, especially knowing that these are members of our community. We had only been there for a...

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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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