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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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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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Dine and Dash With a Twist!

Dine and Dash With a Twist!

Get ready for a night of fun! Arab American Family Services will be hosting its first Dine and Dash, With a Twist, on Friday, March 3rd, 2017! The target audience for the event will be teenage and college students. Along with dinner, the program will be filled with interactive, enriching conversations that will address a wide range of questions and concerns raised by the youth throughout our communities. Be prepared to exchange dialogue and walk out with a few more friends! Seats are limited so be sure to claim your seat through the link...

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Arab American Women Meet and Greet with State Rep Kelly Burke

State Representative Kelly Burke will be meeting with Arab American women on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 6-8 hosted by a local community member. If you live in one of State Rep’s district area(s): Chicago Ridge, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Palos Park, Willow Springs, or Worth, and interested in engaging with your local politics, come out and join us. State Rep. Kelly Burke wants and is interested to hear and learn from you. This is a great way to become civically engaged. To attend, must RSVP to Nareman Taha:...

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