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AAFS Strives to Make Clients Welcome

Posted by Nada Shamah on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

At AAF, we strive to eliminate stereotypes that surround the Arab and Muslim community. We have had several mainstream clientele who came into Arab American Family Services with misconceptions about Arab and Muslim portrayal in the media. On many occasions, we have been complimented on how respectful we are and how the clients that walk through the door always feel welcome, respected, and given excellent services. Clients are always impressed with our professional demeanor and the idea we are all Muslim women. This in itself changed the...

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Our Clients are Our Inspiration

Posted by Nada Shamah on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Arab American Family Services is proud of the hard work and dedication of our domestic violence department. One of our domestic violence caseworkers has been working with a client for a while. We met the client about a year ago in the family relations court room at the Bridgeview Courthouse. When we met her, she was divorced from her husband for about four years and was fighting him for child support money for her children. She asked the caseworker for help learning more English. She needed the assistance to better explain her situation to the...

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AAFS Speaks at NASW Conference

Posted by Nada Shamah on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Arab American Family Services was fortunate to attend the National Association of Social Workers conference. AAFS co-founder Nareman Taha gave a presentation discussing domestic violence in the Arab American and Arab immigrant community. AAFS was able to bring awareness to the Arab community and the common diseases  of domestic violence, alcoholism, substance abuse and other issues that are plaguing the community. An audience of over 150 people tuned in to the discussion. Their questions we regarding the Arab cultures and traditions and...

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Advocacy Law Firm

Posted by Nada Shamah on Oct 2, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

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Breaking Cultural Barriers to Reach an Understanding

Posted by Nada Shamah on Aug 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Several weeks ago, Arab American Family Services elderly department caseworker Wafa Zegar, received a frantic phone call from a case manager at Managed Care Organizations (health and home service). She was having a hard time getting in touch wit with an elderly couple who she needed to meet and complete their annual assessment for services. The couple spoke limited English. The case manager had even gone to their house and they would not open the door for her. Feeling frustrated and overwhelmed with them not being able to earn their trust...

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AAFS Tutoring Program Will Prepare Your Child for the New Year

Posted by Nada Shamah on Aug 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

With the 2015-2016 school year about to kick-off, Arab American Family Services is strengthening it’s tutoring program. Tutoring will be offered Monday through Thursday from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at the Bridgeview Community Center located on 7900 S. Oketo. Tutoring is offered in all subject matters for students in 3rd through 8th grade and there is no cost at all. Recently, we were asked to meet with a student who’s family had recently moved to the United States. The student spoke no English. Everything that was said to him had to be...

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AAFS: Helping the Community Grow One Client at a Time

Posted by Nada Shamah on Aug 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Recently, a client came to our Arab American Family Services office looking for assistance to help obtain food for her and her two children. AAFS caseworker Amani Abbasi met one on one with the client and assessed her. She was able to give her a list of food pantries located in and around the client’s community. Abbasi informed her that every Monday, AAFS receives donations of bread and offered an invitation to come in the following Monday and take as much bread as she needed and wanted. “In addition to the information on food...

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AAFS: Standing in Solidarity with Immigrants from All Religions

Posted by Nada Shamah on Aug 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Every Friday, families get deported from the Broadview Detention Center. To show support and solidarity during the difficult moment when families are getting separated, the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants (ICDI)  organizes a vigil prayer. The ICDI is a coalition of religious leaders and advocacy groups who are called to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of all individuals and communities affected by immigration detention through public witness, advocacy, pastoral care ann  other activities. Ever since their...

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AAFS: A Full-Service Agency There for Your Needs

Posted by Nada Shamah on Aug 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Recently, a client visited Arab America Family Services with her four children. She appeared to be very stressed. She came in looking for assistance while trying to juggle her family’s personal documents and keeping her eyes on her active children. She not only had her hands full, she looked ready to fall apart and urgently needed help from AAFS. The clients was referred to AAFS by her close friend, who had recently become aware of her family’s financial struggle. She explained to her the great difficulty her family has of...

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AAFS to Attend the International Summit & Training on Violence, Abuse & Trauma

Posted by Nada Shamah on Aug 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Here is a short summary of the conference that AAFS is presenting at in San Diego, California on August 22nd. In 2014, DePaul university contacted Arab American Family Services and asked them to be part of a study conducted by the social work department. The study is titled “Arab Women and Domestic Violence: Implications for Practice and Cultural Awareness” For the study, DePaul asked to interview 25 domestic violent survivors from the Arab American Community. After completing mandatory certification to interview clients for the...

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