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AAFS Takes Part in Focus Group Discussing the Importance of Communication

AAFS Takes Part in Focus Group Discussing the Importance of Communication

On August 3rd and August 26, Arab American Family Services partnered with the Asian Health Coalition to host a focus group discussing how Chicago health officials can improve communication when discussing infectious diseases and ways to prevent them from spreading through the community. The program was funded by the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coalition members conducted interviews with members of several communities, identified as priority groups, most of which are immigrants and...

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AAFS Part of Focus Group Headed by the U.S. Department of State

AAFS Part of Focus Group Headed by the U.S. Department of State

Arab American Family Services had the pleasure of being part of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. The topic discussed was Anti-Radicalization & Combating Violent Extremism Among Youth for Community Organizations: A Project for Canada. The objectives for the program was to learn about current work being done in the U.S. with youth organizations and the community groups with youth susceptible to radicalization. They also learned about countering violent extremism programs in the country by supporting the...

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AAFS Takes a Field Trip With Our Senior Community

As part of our Senior Congregate Meal Program, Arab American Family Services is looking at additional ways to bring our senior citizen community together and give them the chance to enjoy different events. This week, 33 members of our senior community and their families attended a field trip to the Chicago Botanical Gardens in Glencoe. For many attendees, it was the first time they went to the Botanical Gardens. They had the chance to explore the gardens, share stories and enjoy a delicious meal with friends. One gentleman brought his...

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AAFS Hosts Epilepsy and Seizure Training

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Arab American Family Services, in conjunction with the Epilepsy Foundation, hosted an epilepsy and seizure training session from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at our office located on 9044 S. Octavia in Bridgeview. Over 25 attendees came to the event to learn more about this illness. AAFS would like to thank our presenter Ayesha Akhtar for hosting this educational and informative training. Akthar has been an Education Coordinator with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago since 2011. She is also a Master Trainer in...

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AAFS Takes Part in National Arab American Service Day

AAFS Takes Part in National Arab American Service Day

National Arab American Service Day encourages Arab American communities to give back through service. Held in the spring of each year, organizations from various cities establish local partnerships and organize unique projects under the motto of “Serving Communities, Connecting People.” On Saturday May 14th, Arab American Family Services and the Network of Arab American Professionals teamed up with Alliance for the Great Lakes to organize the 12th Annual National Arab American Service Day in Chicago. Over 30 volunteers came together in the...

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Ramadan Karim from Our Family to Yours!

Ramadan Karim from Our Family to Yours!

On behalf of the entire staff of Arab American Family Services, we extend our warmest wishes for a blessed month of Ramadan. In observation of this holy month, our office hours will be from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Senior Congregate Meal Program

Please note, that due to the Holy Month of Ramadan, our senior congregate meal program at Al Bawadi Grill is postponed until Monday, July 11. We look forward to everyone rejoining us after Ramadan to help our program grow and to bring together seniors from across every community for an afternoon of laughs and discussion.  

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AAFS Co-Founder Visits Saudi Arabia for Domestic Violence Training

AAFS Co-Founder Visits Saudi Arabia for Domestic Violence Training

Recently, the domestic violence issues throughout Saudi Arabia have become increasingly apparent, leading to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Social Affairs launching a Domestic Violence Hotline last month. In the first three days of starting the hotline, over 3,000 calls were made from victims reporting domestic violence. Faced with an overwhelming need and severely limited options for survivors, the Ministry reached out across the globe to The Network for assistance. Arab American Family Services co-founder Itedal Shalabi and Gwyn Kaitis...

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AAFS Participates in Senior’s Workshop on Fraud

Arab American Family Services, CLESE and Age Options hosted a senior’s workshop on Medicare and Medicaid Fraud. Elderly Case Manager Najwa Saleh and staff members Amani Abbasi and Ibtesam Asfour, presented the workshop discussing ways to understand culturally appropriate ways of talking about health care fraud and how to encourage limited English speaking beneficiaries (Medicare or some combination such as, Medicare/Medicaid, MMAI, etc.) to prevent and report fraud. The workshop was not only informative, but beneficial to help get an...

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AAFS Receives Family Law Training

Arab American Family Services staff received a family law training addressing issues in domestic violence, orders of protection, divorce and child custody issues. Life Span attorney Nour Bahrani Otremba lead the discussion and offered legal advice and ways to address these issues with clients. We are thankful to Nour and Life Span for an informative...

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