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Summer Cooling Program Wraps Up

Signing up for the Summer Cooling Program kicked off on Tuesday, July 7 and until July 11. During this time, funding was provided by the government to ensure cooling assistance for eligible households. Current participants in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) were ineligible for cooling assistance. This program targets at-risk households, defined as seniors, persons with disabilities, families with children less than 60 months of age as of the date of the application, and those with medical conditions that would be aggravated by...

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AAFS Receives Grant From Chicago Foundation for Women

The Women of Color Fund of the Women of Color Giving Council at Chicago Foundation for Women has awarded Arab American Family Services a grant in the amount of $3,000 for general operating support. Chicago Foundation for Women improves the lives of women and girls through grants, advocacy, leadership development, and public and grantee education. Since 1985, we have awarded over 3,000 grants totaling nearly $20 million to hundreds of nonprofit organizations.  AAFS is honored to be a recipient of this wonderful grant. We are also fortunate...

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AAFS Represents the Arab Voice at County Public Hearing

AAFS Represents the Arab Voice at County Public Hearing

Arab American Family Services was personally invited to attend a public hearing held by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday, July 16. The hearing was to discuss the preliminary Cook County budget for the Fiscal Year 2015. AAFS co-founder Nareman Taha was on hand to ensure that the Arab voice was represented and heard. AAFS is taking a leadership role in the community to ensure that the voice of the Arab community is represented and heard, and try to ensure that they are not forgotten from society. We are proud to be a...

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Overwhelming Donations Keep Ramadan Spirits Alive

The generous donations of the Arab and Muslim community, this far during the month of Ramadan, has been a joy to witness firsthand. When Arab American Family Services began hosting Adopt-A-Family 4 the Holidays program  13 years ago, we knew the generosity of the community, would continue to keep this program going strong and successful. We reached out to the community prior to the beginning of Ramadan, asking who would be interested in donating clothes for those who are less fortunate and cannot purchase Eid clothes and supplies for their...

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AAFS Featured on Radio Segment “Give it Back”

Arab American Family Services has teamed up with Yahala Voice, to run a half hour program called “Give it Back.” This  donor-recipient program airs every Tuesday and Wednesday at 4 p.m. and is broadcast live, online and on 1450 A.M. Give it back talks to clients of AAFS, who open up and tell their stories of what made them come to us in the first place, whether it was for Elderly Services, CEDA and LIHEAP assistance, or any other service. Guests are able to discuss their struggles, as well as how AAFS was there to assist them....

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Start Seeing Our Billboards!

Start Seeing Our Billboards!

Arab American Family Services is fortunate to be given the opportunity to have their name seen on billboards across major highways throughout the state of Illinois. This wonderful opportunity was given in conjunction with Yahala Voice, sponsored by Clear Channel Communications, Inc., which owns and operates more than 1,200 radio stations across the country. We are fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with Yahala Voice, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, playing the latest hits, exciting events and entertaining  talk shows,...

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Summer Cooling Program Date To Be Determined

The Summer Cooling Program is set to begin in the next few weeks, with a definite date yet to be announced. During this time, funding is provided by the government to ensure cooling assistance for eligible households. Current participants in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) are ineligible for cooling assistance. This program is targeted to at-risk households, defined as seniors, persons with disabilities, families with children less than 60 months of age as of the date of the application, and those with medical conditions that...

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AAFS Needs Tutor Volunteers for Monday and Wednesday Sessions

Arab American Family Services is looking for tutors who will be willing to volunteer their time for a good cause, educating our children. School is out of the summer, but many students are still looking to for ways to expand their knowledge. Tutoring is held every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bridgeview Community Center located on  7900 S. Oketo Ave. If you or someone you know would be interested in tutoring, please give us a call at (708) 599-2237.

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June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15 marks the 8th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. WEAAD was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. At Arab American Family Services, we strive to bring...

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AAFS Reflects on the Past Five Months of 2014

As we embark on the second half of 2014, Arab American Family Services is reflecting on the past five months of the year with head up high, looking to tackle whatever tasks and obstacles the rest of 2014 has to offer.  At AAFS, we just completed two courses, English as a Second Language, as well as the NAI Citizenship prep class. We were successful to see over 60 students take part in our classes. ESL classes were held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., as well as on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Our Civics...

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