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AAFS Present at Alzheimer’s Disease Illinois Action Summit

On Thursday, April 14, Arab American Family Services was proud to take part in the Illinois Action Summit to end Alzheimer’s disease in Springfield. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with state legislators and advocates were able to visit several members of both the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives, sharing personal stories and asking lawmakers for their support of active legislation designed to make Illinois a dementia capable state. There are nearly one million Illinois residents impacted by Alzheimer’s...

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AAFS Gives Cultural Training at MacNeal Hospital

On March 8, Arab American Family Services was honored to give a cultural competency training for the nurses of MacNeal Hospital on 3249 S Oak Park Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402. The informational training was to help educate nurses on how to be culturally aware of situations involving Arab and Muslim patients. AAFS co-founder Itedal Shalabi spoke more about dietary needs for Muslim needs, as well as cultural awareness with what a patient may or may not be comfortable with. There were over 40 nurses in attendance, as well as the hospital chaplain and...

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AAFS Gives Police Department Trainings on Domestic Violence

Arab American Family Services is proud to take part in police department trainings that seek to educate law enforcements officials on the signs of domestic violence. These trainings, held by domestic violence advocates of AAFS are mainly informational. Unfortunately, domestic violence is does exist in the Arab and Muslim community. Despite it being a taboo topic of discussion, one cannot go on pretending the issues does not exist. With these trainings to our local police departments, we hope that raising the issue of awareness will become more...

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April: National Child Abuse and Sexual Assault 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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Teach for America Final Application Fast Approaching

The application date for Teach For America is Friday, March 4, 2016, with job offers go out as early as April 25. Currently, fewer than 10% of students from low-income communities graduate from college. Every child deserves an education that gives them the opportunity to realize their fullest potential. Teach For America (TFA) seeks passionate, college graduates of all majors and backgrounds who want to be mentors and advocates. Successful candidates are required to commit to a two year (minimum) obligation for grades kindergarten through...

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AAFS Co-Founder to Speak at Sexual Violence in Faith Communities Training

Arab American Family Services is proud to announce that co-founder Itedal Shalabi will be speaking at a unique training on sexual violence in faith communities. The training, Faith in Action: Preventing & Responding to Sexual Violence in Faith Communities, brings together faith and community leaders, educators, social service providers and other community members to discuss sexual violence. This conference is sponsored by HEART Women & Girls and American Islamic College. It takes place on Sunday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 4...

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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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