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Important SNAP Benefits Announcement

Important SNAP Benefits Announcement

As you know, the Federal government that handles SNAP benefits has been severely affected by the government shutdown. As a result, Illinois will distribute February’s SNAP benefits from Thursday, 1/17 through Sunday, 1/20. This means that you may have two months worth of food dollars on your account this month. No food dollars will be added in February. The early food dollars are meant to help with next month’s food. We encourage our SNAP participating customers to plan their purchases carefully so that they have money available to...

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Get Empowered: Join the AAFS Youth Awareness Group

Get Empowered: Join the AAFS Youth Awareness Group

The Arab American Family Services (AAFS) Youth Awareness Group’s purpose is to create a safe environment for youth to be comfortable in discussing issues and to empower them to make informed decisions. Our goal is to educate and raise awareness to youth about different issues in order to empower them to lead happy and healthy lives. We will have four separate groups within the larger group: • Girls ages 10-13 • Boys ages 10-13 • Girls ages 14-17 • Boys ages 14-17 The groups will cover a variety of topics to over the next several...

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Support our Coat Drive and spread the warmth this winter

Support our Coat Drive and spread the warmth this winter

Dear AAFS Community, This winter, with your support, we hope to spread the warmth to our families in need. Help us provide 100 of our family members (old, young, men, women, boys, and girls – your preference) with a coat. We are estimating that each coat will cost approximately $50 each. You can either donate online using the link bit.ly/AAFSCoatDrive or you can drop off NEW coats to AAFS at our new location 7000 W. 111th St. Suite 300 in Worth, Illinois. Thank you for always supporting and spreading the love and...

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AAFS co-founders recognized with AABAR Service Award

AAFS co-founders recognized with AABAR Service Award

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) co-founders Itedal Shalabi and Nareman Taha were recognized at the Arab American Bar Association (AABAR) Installation and Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 29, 2018 at the Kimpton Hotel in Chicago. Below is a message from Itedal and Nareman on accepting their award for dedication and commitment to service for others: “It was an absolute honor to be part of tonight’s AABAR Installation and Awards Dinner. THANK YOU for recognizing and having AAFS as one of your distinguished awardees along with...

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Victory for immigrant trauma survivors: Illinois House overrides VOICES Act veto

Victory for immigrant trauma survivors: Illinois House overrides VOICES Act veto

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) is pleased to announce that the Illinois legislature voted to override Governor Rauner’s veto of the VOICES Act which gives immigrant trauma survivors important protections. AAFS, along with partners from The Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois, including the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago (AAAJ), United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations (UCCRO), and Mujeres Latinas en Acción, we have worked diligently at...

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Register to vote online until Sunday, October 21

Register to vote online until Sunday, October 21

Are you registered to vote? We are less than three weeks away from the Illinois General Election! Are you registered to vote? If not, you can register online! You can register to vote online until this Sunday, October 21st. If you don’t know if you’re registered to vote, you can check right here. Every vote counts – make sure to make your voice heard in this...

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Welcome our AAFS Elderly Department Advisory Council Members

Welcome our AAFS Elderly Department Advisory Council Members

AAFS welcomes our Elderly Department Advisory Council Members! Our Council Members work up front and behind the scenes to help enhance and enrich our Elderly Department with endless resources and family values through their thoughts and ideas that they bring to the table. They meet once a month with an AAFS Elderly Department Staff to discuss topics as part of a community conversation that impact our Seniors’ day to day lives, challenges they are facing, and even work to find solutions, all the while staying true to their heritage and...

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AAFS Tutoring for 3rd grade through 8th grade students, Mondays-Thursdays

AAFS Tutoring for 3rd grade through 8th grade students, Mondays-Thursdays

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) is offering tutoring for students between 3rd grade and 8th grade on Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30pm-5pm at the Bridgeview Community Center (7900 S Oketo Ave, Bridgeview, IL 60455).  Tutoring covers all subjects. For more information and to register, please contact hgharybeh@aafsil.org.

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For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, share what #AAFSLoveLooksLike

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, share what #AAFSLoveLooksLike

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so at AAFS, we are creating awareness by encouraging the celebration of love in healthy relationships. Our “Love Looks Like” campaign is aimed at bringing awareness to all the different kinds of love we share. So, from our office to YOU in the community, we ask: What does your love look like? Take a picture, tag us on social media, and use the hashtag #AAFSLoveLooksLike to share all the ways you show your...

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AAFS Seniors enjoy field trip to the Shedd Aquarium

AAFS Seniors enjoy field trip to the Shedd Aquarium

The Elderly Services Department of Arab American Family Services (AAFS) held a field trip to Shedd Aquarium on Monday, September 24 for AAFS Seniors. Our Seniors explored the different creatures of the sea and were able to enjoy an aquatic show consisting of dancing dolphins and energetic Shedd Aquarium staff. Our group also discovered the beauty of what happens underwater by visiting exhibits and attractions. Seniors enjoyed a delicious lunch with a breathtaking view of the city skyline on an open terrace. We ended day with a fun ride home...

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