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The Last Potluck Before Ramadan

Did you notice that we open up at 11 am on Friday’s? No, we are not sleeping in, we’re working on strategies to improve our programs for you! It is the last Friday before Ramadan and because many staff members are participating in Ramadan, the staff decided to put together a potluck. For those of you who many not know, Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims, because it is the month that Muslims believe the Quran was revealed. Muslims all over the world fast from dawn until dusk and increase prayer and charity during this time....

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AAFS and Community, Participate in 13th Annual Arab American Service Day

Arab American Family Services participated in it’s 13th annual Arab American Service Day   Arab American Family Services participated in it’s 13th annual Arab American Service Day on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Over the years, AAFS has been involved in a number of projects, such as cleaning up the beach and making meal kits for the needy.  This year, we decided to take our services to a family shelter. For those of you who may not know, a family shelter is a place of temporary protection and support for survivors escaping domestic...

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Make a Difference | Adopt a Family for Eid

Every year, Arab American Family Services hosts the Adopt a Family for Eid event. Many of our clients look forward to this initiative because they are unable to afford new clothing or toys. We’re reaching out to our community members to ask that they open up their hearts to make a difference in the lives of others. All you have to do is sign up to provide a family with shoes, clothing or toys. Always keep in mind that anyone of us could have been in this situation. If you are unable to participate this year, even sharing this event with...

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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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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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