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AAFS Talks Senior Services with Illinois Department on Aging

AAFS Talks Senior Services with Illinois Department on Aging

On Monday, July 21, Arab American Family Services co-founders Nareman Taha and Itedal Shalabi met with Dr. John Holton, Director of the Illinois Department on Aging and Senior Advisor Latonya Lumpkin. The meeting was to help establish a  partnership and strong connection  to the Department on Aging, in which we strive to bring resources and proper services to the Arab American community. This a a wonderful opportunity to help bring the best solutions to many of the problems that our senior community faces. We want to thank Dr. Holton and...

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AAFS Hosts Staff Iftar to Give Thanks

On Tuesday, July 22, the staff of Arab American Family Services, along with their families, participated in an iftar. This gathering was an opportunity for the board members of AAFS to give thanks and praise to the hardworking staff. “This was a chance to give thanks to the staff for all they do,” said Nareman Taha, co-founder of AAFS. “They work so hard and give so much time and dedication to all they do and this is a way to say thank you,” she said. The iftar was held at Buca di Beppo on 15350 94th Ave. in Orland Park.

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AAFS Takes Part in 2014 Iftar for Charity

On Thursday, July 24, Yahala Voice and Arab American Family Services were proud host an iftar to give back to the community. The iftar was a unique, successful evening that brought together friends and community members from every race, religion and nationality. For a great cause, the Iftar for Charity allowed for 150 families who had fallen on hard times, to come together and enjoy a wonderful meal and feel connected to a community that genuinely cares. This was a chance for families in need and donors to come together and...

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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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