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AAFS presents cultural competency training at Way Back Inn in Maywood

AAFS presents cultural competency training at Way Back Inn in Maywood

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) co-founder and executive director, Itedal Shalabi, and team member, Sofia Benidettino, recently presented a cultural competency training at Way Back Inn in Maywood, Illinois for members of administration and counselors of the organization, including two interns from the Chicago School of Psychology. The Way Back Inn serves adult men and women who are suffering from alcohol, drug, and gambling dependence by helping them achieve continuous sobriety. Since the Way Back Inn work with people who suffer from...

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AAFS and partners rally for the Safe Zones Act (SB 35)

AAFS and partners rally for the Safe Zones Act (SB 35)

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) joined the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois coalition outside of the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on August 8 to advocate for the signing of the Safe Zones Act (SB 35) by Governor Bruce Rauner. The Safe Zones Act (SB 35) would ensure that policies are enforced by the Illinois Attorney General that would limit the power of U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enter and make arrests at public spaces such as libraries hospitals, courthouse, and schools. The rally also addressed The Voices Act...

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AAFS holds Special Education workshop for community members

AAFS holds Special Education workshop for community members

A successful workshop on Special Education was held at Arab American Family Services (AAFS) in July which focused on meeting the particular needs of special education students. The workshop specifically covered the distinctions between accommodations and modifications in order to meet an individual’s special education needs. With this workshop, AAFS aims to provide special education teachers with instruction for students with a variety of mental, physical, and emotional disabilities. For more information or support with special education...

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Support our #BackToSchool Drive: Purchase backpacks for AAFS kids!

Support our #BackToSchool Drive: Purchase backpacks for AAFS kids!

Every year, Arab American Family Services (AAFS) helps our families prepare for the new school year by holding a Back To School Drive to provide them with backpacks for their children. We know that academic success is not possible without preparation so we want to make sure AAFS children are ready to learn on the first day of school, rather than worrying about basic essentials like a backpack. We aim to provide 200 children with backpacks before August 16 and we know that with your help we can reach our goal! This year, we set up an Amazon...

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AAFS Seniors enjoy fun and relaxation at Navy Pier

AAFS Seniors enjoy fun and relaxation at Navy Pier

On Tuesday, July 24, Senior clients of Arab American Family Services (AAFS) had a fun and relaxing field trip at Navy Pier in Chicago. Seniors spent time with family and friends sightseeing, enjoying food, and going on various attractions that were offered on the trip. This was a new experience for many of the Seniors that have never been to Navy Pier. Not only did our Seniors have a wonderful time on this trip, but some of them even connected with other attendees and made new friends! AAFS is proud to meet our mission to change and impact...

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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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