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AAFS to Join DePaul University for Violence Discussion

Itedal Shalabi of Arab American Family Services is proud to be a panelist at DePaul University’s College of Communication symposium entitled “Making Meaning of Violence.” The first annual event hosted by DePaul will be on April 14 and 15, 2014. Faculty, students and guests will be on hand to discuss different aspects of violence and the work being done by the university and various communities, to address the issue. The event will discuss a range of approaches and perspectives of violence. Itedal Shalabi will be presenting...

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April Is Child Abuse Awareness Month

April begins the start of Child Abuse Awareness Month. Child abuse is a disturbing issue that effects thousands of children around the world. Many children are afraid to speak up if they are abused. Some are afraid of the repercussions that may take place if they told on their abuser. Child abuse is defined as the physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child or children. Physical abuse is any form of physical aggression directed at a child by an adult. This includes hitting, slapping, beating a child. Physical abuse also...

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AAFS Student Success Tutoring Program is Underway

Arab American Family Services is pleased to announce that the Student Tutoring Program is set to begin on March 31, 2014. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the AAFS office located on 9044 S. Octavia in Bridgeview, IL 60455. Tutoring is available in all subject matters. AAFS is still seeking more volunteer tutors. If you know a child that is in need of academic assistance or a tutoring volunteer that would like to help, please send them our way. For more information, please call (708)...

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AAFS and Compassionate Care Network Team Up to Assist in Healthcare Coverage

AAFS and Compassionate Care Network Team Up to Assist in Healthcare Coverage

Arab American Family Services along with Compassionate Care Network helped launch a week long campaign in collaboration with Get Covered Illinois to ensure that everyone is getting the health insurance they need and deserve in time for the March 31 deadline. On Thursday, March 18, Arab AAFS, CCN and many community volunteers spent two hours making calls to families to assist in answering their questions and giving them insight into health care costs and assistance for those who are below the federal poverty level. The deadline for coverage is...

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AAFS Takes Part in Spring Parent University at Andrew High School

AAFS Takes Part in Spring Parent University at Andrew High School

On Tuesday, March 18, staff members from Arab American Family Services attended the Spring Parent University event at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Il. Discussions among parents and staff included information on student safety and responsible decision making for Prom 2014. Students were also able to discuss methods of strengthening their academics and establishing a better relationship with their teachers. Also discussed were the tough decisions that teenagers face in this day and age and the emotional struggles that they face in high...

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AAFS Discusses Dental Plans and Alternatives with Midwestern University Doctors

AAFS Discusses Dental Plans and Alternatives with Midwestern University Doctors

Dr. Larry Williams and third year dentistry student, Duaa Hamoud met with Arab American Family Services staff to introduce the latest services offered by Midwestern University Dental Institute. Midwestern offers services for everyone, even if a patient is on Medicare or Medicaid, services are offered. Patients will be advised of their recommended treatments and its estimated cost, as well as alternative treatments. For low income patients, the initial fee is $1o. And fees for services will be applied. And if payment for services is still an...

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February 2014 at AAFS

February has been a successful month filled with new programs at Arab American Family Services. A partnership has been formed with Burbank School District 111, which will help strengthen the Parent Mentor Program. Rosa G. Maddock and Luther Burbank School are participating in hopes to allow immigrant parents to serve as tutors for English Language Learners. Each school that participates in the Parent Mentor Program pairs an Arabic speaking parent with a classroom teacher. The parent helps tutor students in reading and math to help them...

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2013 Violence Against Women Act Brings Much Needed Changes

One year ago today, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013, increasing avenues to safety and justice for victims of violence. “Today we celebrate the landmark provisions passed in VAWA 2013 and the important work of the past year to enhance victim safety and move closer to our shared vision of ending domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking,” said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. VAWA 2013 includes key protections for...

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2013: The Year in Review

2013 has been a successful year for Arab American Family Services. We have served 7,724 families throughout the Chicagoland area. A total of 32,303 individuals have turned to AAFS for assistance and services that effect their lives.  Through our Safety Net Program, Cultural Diversity Training, Elderly Services, Domestic Violence and Prevention Services, Immigration Services and Mental Health Services, Parent Mentor Program, Youth Programs, Community Health and Civic Engagements, we are proud to say thousands of people throughout our...

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AAFS Breast Cancer & Domestic Violence Walk Announced

AAFS Breast Cancer & Domestic Violence Walk Announced

Arab American Family Services will be hosting their 7th annual Walk in Faith Not in Fear to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Prevention. The walk take place on Saturday, October 11, 2o14 and will kick off at 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lake Katherine located on 7402 Lake Katherine Dr, Palos Heights, IL 60463. Registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children. A complimentary t-shirt will be given to participants and refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public and everyone is welcome to join for a...

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