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AAFS Staff Member Gears Up to Run Domestic Violence Out of Town

AAFS Staff Member Gears Up to Run Domestic Violence Out of Town

Arab American Family Services, in collaboration with the Battered Women’s Network have teamed up to “Run Domestic Violence Out of Town.” The event, in conjunction with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is raising awareness about domestic violence. By participating in the campaign, runners will have the opportunity to raise both money and awareness for the local domestic violence service providers, whose services span the greater metropolitan area. AAFS staff member Fatimeh Hussien, who is a Domestic Violence court...

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CEDA Expected to Announce Application Date

Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA) is expected to announce the date to apply for LIHEAP benefits. When the date is announced, Arab American Family Services will be your one-stop-shop to apply and get the assistance you need. For those who will be applying, please bring the following documents with you to ensure your application is complete and correct: Applicants need the following forms: ID for the person applying for CEDA Social Security cards for EVERYONE in the home Income for the last 30 days for...

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AAFS Helps Clients Apply for Temporary Visitor Driver’s License

At Arab American Family Services, we are committed to assisting anyone that walks through our doors. Along with recent laws that pass in the United States, we keep current on getting the training needed to keep helping our clients in the best ways. On January 27, 2013, the governor signed Senate Bill 957 into law allowing non-visa status individuals to obtain a temporary visitor driver’s license (TVDL). In December 2013, non-visa status applicants will begin the process of obtaining a TVDL.  If you need help applying for a TVDL, please...

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ESL Class Registration Open

It is never too late to register for the Arab American Family Services English as a Second Language classes. Classes will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Mondays and Wednesdays classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, classes will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday classes which will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All classes will be held at the AAFS office on 9044 S. Octavia, Bridgeview, IL 60455. For more information, or to register, please call (708)...

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AAFS Looking for Chicago Marathon Donors

Just a reminder that Arab American Family Services will be participating in Snack Days, a city-wide initiative that helps those who are training for the Chicago Marathon. We will be setting up tables and greeting runners by supplying drinks and snacks while they make their rounds in training for the 26.2 mile run. AAFS would love to ask that you please sponsor us if you are running in the Chicago Marathon. If you are looking for an excellent cause to sponsor this year, please consider AAFS.  AAFS will be at the Beverly location on 10328 S....

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Changes to ESL Class Locations

As previously mentioned, Arab American Family Services has released its schedule for English as a Second Language classes. Classes will now be held at the Bridgeview Community Center on 7900 S. Oketo in Bridgeview. AAFS is pleased to announce the dates for our next English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. We offer open enrollment for anyone interested in taking the classes and honing their English skills. Classes will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Mondays and Wednesdays classes will be held from...

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AAFS School Supplies and Food Giveaway

Over 35 back to school back packs and book supplies were given to families gearing up for back to school. Thirteen families will be able to send their children back to school, knowing they are ready to tackle the new year! There are still many supplies and back packs to be donated to families in need, who are low-income and single mothers or fathers. The school supplies are for grades first through fifth. Aside from school supplies, AAFS will also be donating food to those in need. If you would like to come in for these generous donations,...

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AAFS Ramadan Food Drive Proves to be Major Success

Following the Ramadan Food Drive, AAFS has collected over 13,000 pounds of food. In keeping up with the spirit of Ramadan, donations were made to those who are less fortunate and were not able to consistently put food on the tables for their families. For families who qualified, they were given donations of rice, meat, poultry and vegetables. On Sunday, July 27, the day before Eid al-Fitr, the staff of AAFS rented a truck and donated more food to Iraqi refugees who are struggling. Staff made their way to Bridge to Baghdad, a facility located...

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AAFS Opens Registration for ESL Classes

Arab American Family Services is pleased to announce the dates for our next English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. We offer open enrollment for anyone interested in taking the classes and honing their English skills. Classes will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Mondays and Wednesdays classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, classes will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday classes which will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All classes will be held at the...

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AAFS Talks Senior Services with Illinois Department on Aging

AAFS Talks Senior Services with Illinois Department on Aging

On Monday, July 21, Arab American Family Services co-founders Nareman Taha and Itedal Shalabi met with Dr. John Holton, Director of the Illinois Department on Aging and Senior Advisor Latonya Lumpkin. The meeting was to help establish a  partnership and strong connection  to the Department on Aging, in which we strive to bring resources and proper services to the Arab American community. This a a wonderful opportunity to help bring the best solutions to many of the problems that our senior community faces. We want to thank Dr. Holton and...

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