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AAFS Sends Their Condolences to the Families of the Chapel Hill Murders

The recent tragedies that occurred in Chapel Hill, NC have effected people around the country. Newlyweds Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were killed in a shooting Tuesday in Chapel Hill. A neighbor of Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha, Craig Stephen Hicks, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder. At Arab American Family Services, we want the victims of the families to know that we send our heart-felt condolences to them. The murders have sparked much...

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AAFS Takes Part in Immigration Summit

Arab American Family Services, in collaboration with their partner’s ICIRR and other organizations, were proud to take part in ICCIRR’s 4th Annual Immigration Integration Summit and Citizenship Workshop held at Daley Center. The statewide summit drew attendees from across the state, as well as government officials, legal advisors and potential United States citizens, all coming together to discuss Administrative Relief, Deportation Defense, Health Care, the State Budget and others issues. Please click on the link below for coverage...

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AAFS Takes Part in Statewide Immigration Summit

  Arab American Family Services was proud to be part of the ICCIR’s 4th Annual Immigrant Integration Summit and Citizenship Workshop that was held on Saturday, January 31st at Daley College. Community members from all over the state were on hand for workshops on Administrative Relief, Deportation Defense, Health Care, the State Budget and others issues. With a new Governor and a Mayoral election in Chicago, there was also an opportunity to make our voices heard by assembled political leaders on these issues. AAFS representatives...

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AAFS Attends Immigration Conference in Los Angeles

      Arab American Family Services co-founders Itedal Shalabi and Nareman Taha were honored to take part in the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Los Angeles. The three day conference featured speakers from the country’s leading experts on immigration reform and integration. It featured many goal-oriented workshops discussing this year’s historic immigration strides. Hosted by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and the National Partnership for New Americans, the NIIC...

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AAFS Honored to Receive Winter Clothes Donation for Clients

Benedictine University’s Student Justice for Palestine in conjunction with St. Xavier University, collected clothes and coats for three weeks and chose Arab American Family Services as one of three donating sites. The items were mostly winter clothes, including sweaters, coats, scarves and gloves. We are honored to be chosen to help give back to clients and others in the community who are in need of warm clothes for them or their families. Please check out the link below to see more from the winter clothes...

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AAFS Hosts Cancer Awareness and Prevention Presentation

Arab American Family Services hosted an excellent event on Saturday, December 13, giving a presentation on breast cancer and colon cancer awareness. The three hour presentation for the women in our community, was given by AAFS co-founder Nareman Taha. She presented facts and answered questions about the effects of these terrible diseases. Often times, there is a stigma that lies in the community that prevents women from seeking help or getting screened for cancer. There is no reason to hide, or be afraid. Early detection is the first step in...

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AAFS Launches First Ever National Arab American Big Brothers and Big Sisters

    After a long year of hard work and commitment with discussion and planning to bring a model program that will benefit our youth, we are finally proud to announce the kickoff of our, first ever in the country, The National Arab American Big Brothers and Big Sisters, in partnership with BBBS, Chicago Palestine Film Festival and Arab American Family Services (AAFS). At AAFS, we believe that if we lay the foundation for strengthening the lives of our youth, offering guidance and understanding from an early age, we will only succeed...

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AAFS Book Giveaway Proves Successful

Arab American Family Services would like to thank Amos Alanzo Stagg High School, 8015 W. 111th Street in Palos Hills, for their generous donation of books. Recently, Stagg donated hundreds of books for the children of our clients to be able to take with them. Any AAFS client interested in receiving a free book donation for them or their children can ask our staff. Their are plenty to choose from! This generous donation will give children the opportunity to read and grow their knowledge and imagination. At AAFS, we want to hold to the...

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ComEd Offers Temporary Changes to Residential Hardship Program

Recently, ComEd announced changes to their Residential Hardship Program. Now through December 25 only, seniors will not have to provide proof of additional hardship, such as loss of employment, loss of spouse, illness or income, in order to be eligible for the program. Arab American Family Services will help senior apply for this program. In response to concerns regarding higher than usual electric bills, earlier frigid weather and how it affects our senior population, ComEd is providing customers with additional options to help manage their...

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AAFS and Muslims Against Hunger Working for a Great Cause

  Arab American Family Services and Muslim Against Hunger, are working together for a great cause. On Friday, December 5, the two organizations came together at the AAFS office located on 9044 S. Octavia in Bridgview, and prepared sandwiches and salads to be distributed to 150 individuals. Staff and volunteers came together for this unique opportunity in keeping up with the tradition of helping the community and giving back. Zamir Hassan is the founder of Muslims Against Hunger. He has spent over a decade modifying and expanding his...

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