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AAFS to Participate in the 13th National Arab American Service Day!

Join us as we participate in the 13th Nation Arab American Service Day, on Saturday, May 13, 2017.   Join us as we participate in the 13th National Arab American Service Day, hosted by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC). Much like Arab American Family Services, NNAAC works to engage Arab Americans in community service to create stronger communities and make connections among neighbors. National Arab American Service Day encourages Arab American communities to give back through service, fostering a culture of...

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Arab American Family Services Hosts a Community Dialogue Event!

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) in partnership with Amos Alonzo Stagg High School hosted a much needed Community Dialogue event on Tuesday, April 12, 2017. After learning of the growing concerns and issues within our communities and the struggles of our families related to accessing resources and navigating the system, we took the initiative to invite local stakeholders from respective organization Through the AAFS’ Illinois Welcoming Center (AAFS-IWC), we engaged in a conversation with community leaders and elected officials throughout...

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Know Your Rights Event to be Held at Richards High School

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 at St. George Orthodox Church, On Friday, March 24, 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to educate community members about current immigration enforcement policies while teaching them about their rights as community members, regardless of their immigration status. We understand the challenges our communities are facing and we aim to arm you with knowledge that will ease the...

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MSA Members Give Back to AAFS

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!

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!

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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