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Jafar’s story: How AAFS supports our Seniors

Jafar’s story: How AAFS supports our Seniors

Jafar came to Arab American Family Services (AAFS) in May with a stack of mail. The letters he held in his hand were medical bills that accumulated to over $13,000. Jafar shared how his medical card was cut off, and therefore, he was stuck with medical bills for several months. Jafar has multiple medical conditions; from cancer to diabetes. He needed to go to the doctor but had no means of paying his current medical bills or even future bills. Mariam, Senior Coordinator of Elderly Services at AAFS, applied for a new medical card for Jafar...

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AAFS Seniors learn about nutrition and elder abuse

AAFS Seniors learn about nutrition and elder abuse

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) recently held two educational workshops for Seniors aimed at helping improve the quality of life of elders in our community. The first workshop focused on elder abuse and was held on June 28 at the Bridgeview Community Center. This workshop was held in commemoration of Elder Abuse Awareness Day in June. Nearly two dozen seniors learned about the various types of abuse that occur in the senior community. Many of the seniors actively engaged in the conversation. Many Seniors assumed Senior abuse does not...

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Rima Najia recognized by Illinois Senator Michael E. Hastings

Rima Najia recognized by Illinois Senator Michael E. Hastings

Illinois Senator Michael E. Hastings from the 19th District recently sent AAFS Citizenship & Immigration Coordinator Rima Najia a congratulatory letter for receiving the Civic Empowerment Award from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. It reads: “It is evident you have made a profound impact while advocating for AAFS clients. Your leadership, hard work and dedication to Arab American Family Services does not go unnoticed. I have no doubt you will continue to be successful and make a difference. I applaud you and...

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Protect Immigrant Communities in Illinois: Call Governor Rauner!

Protect Immigrant Communities in Illinois: Call Governor Rauner!

YOU have the power to help protect the members of our community and to ensure that the state of Illinois is welcoming to everyone! Call Governor Rauner TODAY at 217-782-0244 and tell him to sign SB 34 (VOICES Act), SB 35 (Safe Zones Act), and SB 3488 (No Registry Act). SB 34, or the VOICES Act, will help protect immigrant survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and trafficking. SB 35, or the Safe Zones Act, will protect immigrant families from being ripped apart when they are using services at schools, hospitals, courthouses, and other...

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Rima Najia receives ICIRR Civic Empowerment Award

Rima Najia receives ICIRR Civic Empowerment Award

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) Citizenship & Immigration Coordinator, Rima Najia, was recently recognized with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Civic Empowerment Award for her tremendous leadership in advocating for AAFS clients. Rima was officially recognized at ICIRR’s NAI/IFRP End of the Year Celebration on June 22 at Instituto Del Progresso Latino in Chicago. The end of year celebration, which brought together ICIRR member organizations, community leaders, and community members we...

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AAFS finds SCOTUS Muslim Ban decision deeply troubling, urges community to call Gov. Rauner

AAFS finds SCOTUS Muslim Ban decision deeply troubling, urges community to call Gov. Rauner

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) is deeply troubled by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s travel ban, or Muslim Ban, which prohibits most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen from entry into the U.S. The Supreme Court rejected the challenge that the ban discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority. “The Supreme Court decision does not take into account the families who will be hurt by this executive order. While the Court cites national...

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