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AAFS Domestic Violence Department: Creating a Platform for Survivors

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

Arab American Family Services advocates have found that aside from benefiting the survivor, their advocacy services have also educated, informed and opened the door for cultural sensitivity at institutions, police departments, hospitals, courts and even other domestic violence agencies. AAFS educates and creates a platform for survivors, community members and service providers to ask question and discuss issues that arise from complex cultural barriers. AAFS recently assisted a 68-year-old woman who was physically, mentally and financially...

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AAFS Domestic Violence Department Praised by Former Clients

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

The staff at Arab American Family Services is dedicated and supportive to their clients. Each client has a unique story. As a social services organization, many of our clients have complex stories; many come to us when they feel no one else will listen or help. As difficult as it is to say, our clients come to us when they feel they are at their wits end. Our domestic violence department has seen clients from all walks of life. At AAFS, the goal to to offer assistance to every client that seeks it. And one thing we never do is give up. The...

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AAFS Goes the Extra Mile to Help Clients Reach the American Dream

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

At Arab American Family Services, our immigration department is hard at work to help clients succeed in becoming American citizens and strive to reach the American dream. Rima Najia, AAFS’s Immigration and Citizenship Program Coordinator is always giving her all to help every client that walks through our doors. “Helping people become citizens is one of the most rewarding feelings,” says Najia. “Seeing the joy on their faces once they become citizens of the United States, is one that truly warms my heart,”...

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April Marks Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by Nada Shamah on Apr 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Many Arabs and Muslims who are new to the Unites States face issues that may hinder them from feeling like they belong. Often times, a new country and a new culture make it difficult to get accustomed to a new country. Many times, Arab immigrants bring a piece of their culture and upbringing with them to the United States, and as many of us know, that is not always an issue. It is important to hold on to a piece of your culture, regardless of where you are, to always have a clear reminder of who you are and where you come from. But what...

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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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