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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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Dine and Dash With a Twist!

Posted by Nada Shamah on Feb 18, 2017 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Dine and Dash With a Twist!

Get ready for a night of fun! Arab American Family Services will be hosting its first Dine and Dash, With a Twist, on Friday, March 3rd, 2017! The target audience for the event will be teenage and college students. Along with dinner, the program will be filled with interactive, enriching conversations that will address a wide range of questions and concerns raised by the youth throughout our communities. Be prepared to exchange dialogue and walk out with a few more friends! Seats are limited so be sure to claim your seat through the link...

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At AAFS, Advocacy Always Wins!

Posted by Nada Shamah on Jun 24, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

A middle-class Jordanian family, were living their day-to- day when, the mother asked her 10 year old son to go get bread and some groceries from across the street. The kid took the same street every day he would normally, and in a split second the kid’s life changed. A motorcyclist had crashed into the kid because he didn’t see him. The accident left the child with severe brain damage, resulting in a left-side paralysis. The brain damage, had caused the child to begin withdrawing from his surroundings, family, and of course his school was...

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Domestic Violence Client Gets a Second Chance at a Better Life

Posted by Nada Shamah on Jun 10, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Recently, we were pleased to hear a positive update on a previous domestic violence survivor case. We met our 46-year-old client several months ago when she first came to Arab American Family Services. A refugee, she was also a single mother of two sons, ages 15 and 10. Faced with being a single mother, she had no contact with her former husband, who had also refused to pay child support. We learned from her that in her native country, she had always held jobs in the areas of cleaning services. She was able to get a job at a local hotel in...

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At AAFS, Our Success Stories Make All The Difference

Posted by Nada Shamah on Jun 10, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

At Arab American Family Services, we are always blessed to have the opportunity, day in and day out, to help every client that walks in the door. Recenly, we met a 58-year-old man who recently lost his job as an auditor, due to health issues. He suffered a stroke that caused blindness in one eye, and poor vision in the other. His job was as an auditor, and he could not do that job without the use of his eyes. Faced with the difficult task of losing his job and his health issues, John is now being supported by his sister.   When we met...

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