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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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AAFS Gives Back to the Needy!

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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Award-Winning Documentary Screening, Hosted by AAFS

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

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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Free ESL and Civics Class!

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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