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AAFS Host Citizenship Workshop

Arab American Family Services will be hosting a citizenship workshop on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The workshop will be held at the Bridgeview Community Center located on 7900 S. Oketo in Bridgeview. The workshop will be from 9 AM until noon. Anyone interested in registering or obtaining more information, please call Rima Najia at (708) 599-2237.

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Changes to Our Hours of Operation

Please note that there is a change in our hours. On Fridays, Arab American Family Service will open at 12 PM (noon) and remain open until 5 PM. Mondays through Thursdays will still be open from 9 AM to 5 PM. The change on Fridays is to give the staff an opportunity to work on additional services to help our community. We will be taking this time to modify our services so you, the public, can benefit from additional programs and services. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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AAFS Focuses on Methods to Strengthen Immigration Department

AAFS Focuses on Methods to Strengthen Immigration Department

Arab American Family Services was proud to welcome WorldChicago, to meet with our staff and work together for a great cause. WorldChicago helps Chicago’s Citizen Diplomats become internationally active one handshake at a time to enhance our city’s and country’s image by hosting visitors, emerging leaders and professional counterparts from around the globe. At AAFS, we are proud to have a unique, strong Immigration Department that offers Civics classes, ESL classes and hands-on training to help you become a United States...

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FBI Meets with AAFS Staff to Discuss Civil Rights

On Friday, October 24, Arab American Family Services welcomed members of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, who took time out of their schedules to meet with staff and discuss hate crimes and civil rights awareness. We would like to thank the agents who came to our office and gave such an informative discussion. We look forward to many more events that can help us educate the community on their rights as citizens.  

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AAFS Discusses Domestic Violence in the Muslim Community

                Arab American Family Services co-founder Itedal Shalabi was recently on a panel discussing Domestic Violence in the Muslim Community. The event, which was hosted by the Muslim Women Alliance. “What a breath-taking conversation I participated in with three other panelist at today’s event,” said Shalabi. Other panelists included Trisha C. Mokoshsq and Alaa Basatneh. The discussion was a powerful, honest and candid forum that served as a means to discuss topics that are...

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AAFS Reflects on the Last Day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

AAFS Reflects on the Last Day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

On this final day of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Arab American Family Services is reflecting on the many events they participated in over the month to support the victims and family members of domestic violence. We began the month with a blurb on Radio Islam 1450 AM, discussing domestic violence. AAFS also made purple ribbons in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month which were passed out to local hospitals, schools and police departments. They also had a blurb at a local church to speak up against domestic violence. All...

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Vote YES for Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights!

With elections just around the corner, we find ourselves flooded with commercials and blast phone calls from candidates urging us to vote for them with a promise they give us that a positive change is fast approaching. This election year, we are asking voters to take notice to a very important issue that will be on the ballots November 4. This is the Victims’ Bill of Rights. This Bill plays a key role in assisting victims and family members of domestic violence. If passed, the amendment would guarantee a victim’s right to be free...

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LIHEAP Open Enrollment to Begin Nov. 3

On Monday, November 3, there will be open enrollment for the CEDA LIHEAP energy assistance program. Anyone seeking assistance for their heat and electric bills can stop by Arab American Family Services, 9044 S. Octavia in Bridgview, for help filling out the application. Anyone registering must have proof of current 30-day gross income for all members of the household, as well as copies of current heat and electric bills. Also required to apply is the Social Security numbers of everyone residing in the home. If a member of the family receives...

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AAFS Members Complete 2014 Chicago Marathon!

AAFS Members Complete 2014 Chicago Marathon!

Arab American Family Services is proud to congratulate members Fatimeh Hussien and Denise Martinez on completing the 2014 Chicago Marathon. In collaboration with the Battered Women’s Network, Martinez and Hussien teamed up to “Run Domestic Violence Out of Town.” The event’s focus was to raise awareness about domestic violence and prevention. ”This was one of the greatest accomplishments ever,” said Hussien. “And to run for such a wonderful cause made it all the more worth it,” she said. This was the first...

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AAFS Team Completes 2014 Chicago Marathon

Arab American Family Services is proud to congratulate members Fatimeh Hussien and Denise Martinez on completing the 2014 Chicago Marathon. In collaboration with the Battered Women’s Network, Martinez and Hussien teamed up to “Run Domestic Violence Out of Town.” The event’s focus was to raise awareness about domestic violence and prevention. “This was one of the greatest accomplishments ever,” said Hussien. “And to run for such a wonderful cause made it all the more worth it,” she said.  

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