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AAFS Advocate to take Part in Chicago Foundation for Women’s Advocacy Academy

Arab American Family Services is proud to announce that one of their very own has been accepted to be part of the 2016 Class of Chicago Foundation for Women’s Advocacy Academy. Dana Jabri is a recent graduate from DePaul University’s International Studies Program, where she received her Bachelor of Arts. Currently, she is a Family Case Manager at AAFS. Dana is a social activist, as well. She participates in an interfaith prayer lead by the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants, where they stand together in solidarity with...

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AAFS On the Committee for the Bilingual Summit for Schools

Arab American Family Services is proud to announce that staff member, Amani Abbasi will be on the committee for the 11th Annual Summit for Bilingual Parents held on Saturday, May 7 at the Hilton Hotel in Oak Brook. The purpose of the Summit is to bring together parents of school students, as well as school boards and educators to help understand parents of students who speak English as a second language. Parents will have a chance to understand their rights, as well as their children’s rights. And educators will get a better...

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AAFS Co-founder is Part of the 2016 Women of Color Leadership Program

Arab American Family Services is proud to announce that co-founder Nareman Taha is part of the 2016 Cultivate: Women of Color Leadership program. This is a joint effort of the Chicago Foundation for Women, Crossroads Fund, Woods Fund Chicago, and the Chicago Community Trust, Cultivate: Women of Color Leadership (Cultivate) seeks to build a cadre of energized women of color leaders who are well connected across social and economic justice movements and whose collective voice and power can be leveraged to realize a shared vision of the Chicago...

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AAFS Looking for Volunteers to Run the Chicago Marathon

The Chicago Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016. Arab American Family Services will be taking part in Run Domestic Violence Out of Town. This is a collaboration that AAFS takes part in, along with the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network to raise awareness about domestic violence. We are looking for participants who would like to run or walk the Marathon for this wonderful cause. Please call AAFS if you are interested in taking part. Our office number is (708)...

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Raghed Naser: AAFS Employee of the Month

At Arab American Family Services, there is no doubt that our clients keep us going strong, and the support we receive from the community, donors and sponsors make every day a worth while, reinforcing our mission to change and impact the quality of life by serving and building stronger and healthier generations of Arab Americans in our communities. Aside from our clients, we have the most dedicated staff that keep the workflow going strong and manage to help AAFS remain a strong pillar in the community. This year, AAFS is kicking off an...

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AAFS Congregate Meal Program to be Hosted at Al-Bawadi Grill

Arab American Family Services is pleased to announce the new location for our Senior Congregate Meal program. Seniors are invited to join us at Al-Bawadi Grill, 7216 W 87th St. in Bridgeview. Seniors 60 and older and their spouses, are invited to join us every Monday thru Thursday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. We would like to thank Al-Bawadi Grill for this wonderful opportunity of bringing our seniors together for afternoons of gathering, and getting to know one another. Please join us! For more information, please call...

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AAFS Annual Turkey Drive is a Success

This year’s Arab American Family Services Turkey Drive was a success. Thanks to everyone who donated turkeys and nonperishable foods, AAFS was able to give back to 35 families who were in need. These meals went to make each and every family’s Thanksgiving a memorable one. Thank you to all those who donated.

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December: A Time to Give Back

In time for the holiday season, Arab American Family Services is hosting their annual toy and food drive. Anyone interested in participating can donate a *new toy, or nonperishable foods at AAFS, located on 9044 S. Octavia in Bridgeview. This is the time for giving. We are proud of everyone who helps those who are less fortunate, in their time of need. This week, AAFS received an anonymous box in the mail of used toys. After calling the number on the box, we were told that a 16-year-old girl named Shadden Zaki from Maryland heard about our...

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AAFS and the Salvation Army Team Up for a Good Cause

Arab American Family Services is proud of our partnership with the Salvation Army. In times of hardship and difficulty, the staff at AAFS reaches out to other resources to better serve the client. In this instance, one of the AAFS caseworkers reached out to the Salvation Army, at first calling the general assistance hotline to see if the Salvation Army would be able to assist the client by covering the cost of her ComEd bill. Within an hour, AAFS received a callback from one of the site representatives at the Southwest Suburban Metropolitan...

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CEDA Open to All Families who Meet Requirements

CEDA is now open for all families seeking help in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). There are certain requirements that one must abide by to be eligible. LIHEAP is designed to assist income-eligible households with energy services, in the form of a one-time benefit payment to the utility companies that is applied directly to the household’s energy bills. The amount of the payment is determined by income, household size, and fuel type. Please call the Energy Services Hotline for more information. Furnace Assistance is...

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