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AAFS and Benedictine University volunteers make a difference for survivors

AAFS and Benedictine University volunteers make a difference for survivors

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) recently coordinated an event with students from Benedictine University who volunteered at AAFS to assist in creating binders for intake clients for the Sexual Assault Department. Sahar Al-Najjar, Mental Health & Sexual Assault Case Worker and head of the Department, led the project with the Benedictine volunteers. The students took initiative in creating binders filled with consent forms and beneficial resources for clients during counseling sessions with her clients. The students also produced a...

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AAFS welcomes signing of SB 3488, disappointed by vetoes of immigration bills

AAFS welcomes signing of SB 3488, disappointed by vetoes of immigration bills

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) is pleased to share that SB 3488, the Anti-Registry Program Act, has been signed into Illinois law by Governor Bruce Rauner. The Anti-Registry Program Act ensures that the state of Illinois will not participate in a registry program or provide any personal demographic information to any government authority that is requesting it for the purpose of creating a registry program and/or requiring registration of people in the program. President Trump proposed the idea of Muslims being required to register with...

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Community members receive help with U.S. citizen application and interviews

Community members receive help with U.S. citizen application and interviews

Community members received free help with their citizenship applications and interviews on August 22 as Rima Najia, Citizenship & Immigration Coordinator, led a workshop at Arab American Family Services (AAFS) for a dozen attendees. The U.S. Citizenship Application & Interview Workshop was for the Legal Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders) who are applying or thinking of applying for their citizenship application and want to understand the application. For the citizenship application, Rima addressed each question on the form...

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AAFS Back To School Drive provides over 350 children with backpacks

AAFS Back To School Drive provides over 350 children with backpacks

As part of our annual Back To School Drive, Arab American Family Services (AAFS) was recently able to provide over 350 children with backpacks and school supplies due to your generous contributions and support! In a Facebook live video posted one week before the school year began, AAFS staff member Donia Tarawneh gave the AAFS community a sneak peak of how your donations have made a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of children in our community. Watch the video and see the kids’ excitement! We are truly grateful for your support...

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AAFS educates and inspires at “Amplify Your Voice” summit

AAFS educates and inspires at “Amplify Your Voice” summit

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) co-founders Itedal Shalabi and Nareman Taha joined leaders from local organizations on August 18 for “Amplify Your Voice: A One Day Toolbox” to help empower local activists and organizations with their stories, expertise, and service offerings. The event was held at Chicago Theological Seminary and among the dynamic organizations that participated were Pillars, MUHSEN, and Unity Productions Foundation (UPF). AAFS was represented with Itedal Shalabi speaking during the opening plenary and Nareman Taha...

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Volunteer with AAFS to help get out the vote!

Volunteer with AAFS to help get out the vote!

The mission of Arab American Family Services (AAFS) is to change and impact the quality of life by serving and building stronger and healthier generations of Arab Americans in our communities. We are committed to empowering, educating, and supporting individuals, families, and organizations to foster and enhance the overall well-being of Arab Americans. AAFS strives to increase civic engagement throughout Arab American communities. One way we do this is by encouraging people to register to vote and educating communities about their voting...

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