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AAFS Takes Part in Chili’s Give Back Program

  We are urging everyone to participate in an event that will be beneficial to Arab American Family Services and fun for you! We are taking part in Chili’s restaurant “Give Back Program.” With this program, anytime you dine in at Chili’s, and mention AAFS, or the promotional code pictured above, Chili’s will give 15% of your purchase price to AAFS. The program kicks off on June 15 and runs through August 15 and is held every Monday through Thursday. So please take part in this wonderful event and help AAFS...

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AAFS Testifies in State Capital to Urge Lawmakers to Bring Back Services

Arab American Family Services co-founder Itedal Shalabi was in Springfield this week, meeting with legislators and voicing her concern on why it is important for the state of Illinois to restore funding for the Illinois Welcoming Center, which was a program that was cut when Gov. Bruce Rauner announced his $26 million budget cut. Shalabi testified to the Human Services Appropriation Committee about funding the IWC and Immigrant Service Line Funding. IWC is a valid source for immigrants in the state, who need assistance and guidance on how to...

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AAFS Joins ICADV in Springfield to Discuss Domestic Violence

Arab American Family Services was in Springfield on May 20 and May 22, in support of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, discussing leadership and strategic planning to put an end to this issue of domestic violence. Issues discussed included leadership and self empowerment, as well as training, education and additional resources to help deal with the issue. AAFS is an active member of ICADV and serves on the leadership development committee. Every three months, members gather in Springfield to discuss issues in domestic violence...

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AAFS Takes Part in Successful NNAAC Service Day

This year, Arab American Family Services took part in National Arab American Service Day with a special event dedicated to feeding the homeless and hungry. Over one hundred volunteers took part in this special event, preparing 1,000 meals that were distributed to four separate shelters. The shelters were Pillars, Hased House, Pacific Garden and You Can Make It. We are fortunate for Muslims Against Hunger for their time and dedication to this great cause and for giving us the tools needed to help make this day possible and prepare so many...

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AAFS To Offer First Arab Congregate Meals Program

Arab American Family Services will be hosting the first Arab American congregate meals program for our seniors, ages 60 and older. The program will kick off on October 1 and run through September 2016. This is the perfect opportunity for our seniors and their spouses to get out and interact with other Arab seniors and enjoy a time of networking, socializing and educating. The meals will be served everyday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the restaurant locations will be announced soon. For more information, please call (708) 599-2237.

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AAFS Attends Immigration Training to Discuss Legal Capacity

Arab American Family Services co-founder Nareman Taha and Immigration Coordinator Rima Najia attended a two day training in Waukegan that was sponsored by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. The training was held for nonprofit organizations as a way to educate them on how to enhance and expand services to the immigration communities. There are currently 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. This training laid the foundation on how organizations, such as AAFS, can gain the training needed to help as many...

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AAFS Needs Mentors and Youth For Big Brothers Big Sisters Program

Arab American Family Services is proud to be the pioneers of the first-ever Arab Big Brothers Big Sisters program. We want to keep this program going strong. In order to do so, we are reaching out to our communities because we are in need of boys and girls, ages 9 to 12, who want to take part in this fantastic program. We also need more mentors. Anyone ages 18 and older who is interested in signing up for Arab Big Brothers Big Sisters, and would like to play a role in educating and advising our youth, please reach out to us. For more...

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2015: The Year in Review So Far

It has been a busy 2015 thus far for Arab American Family Services. We kicked off the new year with our first annual book drive. The event was made possible thanks to a generous donation of books from Stagg High School. These books were given to any client and their children, to help get our students reading and taking on a bigger role in building their imagination. With a stronger emphasis on our youth in the Arab American community, AAFS launched the first ever National Arab Big Brother Big Sister program, one year in the making. AAFS, in...

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Palestine Film Festival Kicks Off it’s 14th Year

The Palestine Film Festival is kicking off again in Chicago for it’s 14th year. Since it began in 2001, there have been over 250 films that have been featured in the event, which is the longest running film festival dedicated to Palestine and Palestinians. Thank you to ABC 7 in Chicago for this wonderful feature story:   http://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/chicagos-palestine-film-festival-begins/668515/

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AAFS Hosts First Foster Care Seminar

Arab American Family Services kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month with a seminar on foster care. It is undoubtable that there is a lack of foster parents in the Arab American community. The seminar, which was held on Tuesday, March 31 at the Mosque Foundation Youth Center in Bridgeview, brought together representatives from the Department of Children and Family Services, as well as a former attorney who served as a guardian ad litem for children who are in the foster care system. A guardian ad litem is a guardian appointed by the court...

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