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AAFS Hosts Epilepsy and Seizure Training

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Arab American Family Services, in conjunction with the Epilepsy Foundation, hosted an epilepsy and seizure training session from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at our office located on 9044 S. Octavia in Bridgeview. Over 25 attendees came to the event to learn more about this illness. AAFS would like to thank our presenter Ayesha Akhtar for hosting this educational and informative training. Akthar has been an Education Coordinator with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago since 2011. She is also a Master Trainer in...

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AAFS Takes Part in National Arab American Service Day

AAFS Takes Part in National Arab American Service Day

National Arab American Service Day encourages Arab American communities to give back through service. Held in the spring of each year, organizations from various cities establish local partnerships and organize unique projects under the motto of “Serving Communities, Connecting People.” On Saturday May 14th, Arab American Family Services and the Network of Arab American Professionals teamed up with Alliance for the Great Lakes to organize the 12th Annual National Arab American Service Day in Chicago. Over 30 volunteers came together in the...

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Ramadan Karim from Our Family to Yours!

Ramadan Karim from Our Family to Yours!

On behalf of the entire staff of Arab American Family Services, we extend our warmest wishes for a blessed month of Ramadan. In observation of this holy month, our office hours will be from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Senior Congregate Meal Program

Please note, that due to the Holy Month of Ramadan, our senior congregate meal program at Al Bawadi Grill is postponed until Monday, July 11. We look forward to everyone rejoining us after Ramadan to help our program grow and to bring together seniors from across every community for an afternoon of laughs and discussion.  

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AAFS Co-Founder Visits Saudi Arabia for Domestic Violence Training

AAFS Co-Founder Visits Saudi Arabia for Domestic Violence Training

Recently, the domestic violence issues throughout Saudi Arabia have become increasingly apparent, leading to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Social Affairs launching a Domestic Violence Hotline last month. In the first three days of starting the hotline, over 3,000 calls were made from victims reporting domestic violence. Faced with an overwhelming need and severely limited options for survivors, the Ministry reached out across the globe to The Network for assistance. Arab American Family Services co-founder Itedal Shalabi and Gwyn Kaitis...

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AAFS Participates in Senior’s Workshop on Fraud

Arab American Family Services, CLESE and Age Options hosted a senior’s workshop on Medicare and Medicaid Fraud. Elderly Case Manager Najwa Saleh and staff members Amani Abbasi and Ibtesam Asfour, presented the workshop discussing ways to understand culturally appropriate ways of talking about health care fraud and how to encourage limited English speaking beneficiaries (Medicare or some combination such as, Medicare/Medicaid, MMAI, etc.) to prevent and report fraud. The workshop was not only informative, but beneficial to help get an...

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AAFS Receives Family Law Training

Arab American Family Services staff received a family law training addressing issues in domestic violence, orders of protection, divorce and child custody issues. Life Span attorney Nour Bahrani Otremba lead the discussion and offered legal advice and ways to address these issues with clients. We are thankful to Nour and Life Span for an informative...

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AAFS Is Hiring!

Arab American Family Services is hiring case workers. We are looking for applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree in the areas of psychology, human service, criminal justice or social work. If you are interested, please send your resume to Nareman Taha at: ntaha@aafsil.org. AAFS is a nonprofit social service agency founded in 2001, provides caring, compassionate assistance to (South Suburban) Chicagoland residents, with special sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic needs of Arab Americans. AAFS offers support in the areas of...

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AAFS Speaks at 12th Annual Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents

Arab American Family Services was proud to take part in the 12th Annual Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents on Saturday, May 7. AAFS staff members Amani Abbasi and Ernestina Milla spoke about the impact and importance of parent groups, as well as the importance of getting involved in your children’s school and education. Doing so can help a child succeed and can bridge the gap of communication for school administrators, teachers and the child. AAFS domestic violence victims advocates Ibtessam Asfour and Fatimeh Hussien were also...

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AAFS: Trying to Raise Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness

It’s an unfortunate illness that effects many Arabs and Muslims in our communities. Alzheimer’s disease is an issue and although it remains a stigma to many, to ignore the signs and battle it alone is difficult and takes a toll, not just on the victim, but their family as well. On Friday, Arab American Family Service co-founder Nareman Taha will be speaking at the Chicago’s Alzheimer’s Association, addressing ways to work with the Arab community to help raise awareness about the condition. Issues that will be discussed...

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