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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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Start Seeing Our Billboards!

Start Seeing Our Billboards!

Arab American Family Services is fortunate to be given the opportunity to have their name seen on billboards across major highways throughout the state of Illinois. This wonderful opportunity was given in conjunction with Yahala Voice, sponsored by Clear Channel Communications, Inc., which owns and operates more than 1,200 radio stations across the country. We are fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with Yahala Voice, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, playing the latest hits, exciting events and entertaining  talk shows,...

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Summer Cooling Program Date To Be Determined

The Summer Cooling Program is set to begin in the next few weeks, with a definite date yet to be announced. During this time, funding is provided by the government to ensure cooling assistance for eligible households. Current participants in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) are ineligible for cooling assistance. This program is targeted to 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...

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AAFS Needs Tutor Volunteers for Monday and Wednesday Sessions

Arab American Family Services is looking for tutors who will be willing to volunteer their time for a good cause, educating our children. School is out of the summer, but many students are still looking to for ways to expand their knowledge. Tutoring is held every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bridgeview Community Center located on  7900 S. Oketo Ave. If you or someone you know would be interested in tutoring, please give us a call at (708) 599-2237.

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June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15 marks the 8th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. WEAAD was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. At Arab American Family Services, we strive to bring...

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AAFS Reflects on the Past Five Months of 2014

As we embark on the second half of 2014, Arab American Family Services is reflecting on the past five months of the year with head up high, looking to tackle whatever tasks and obstacles the rest of 2014 has to offer.  At AAFS, we just completed two courses, English as a Second Language, as well as the NAI Citizenship prep class. We were successful to see over 60 students take part in our classes. ESL classes were held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., as well as on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Our Civics...

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AAFS Suits Up to “Run Domestic Violence Out of Town”

Arab American Family Services, in collaboration with the Battered Women’s Network have teamed up to “Run Domestic Violence Out of Town.” The event, in conjunction with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is raising awareness about domestic violence. By participating in the campaign, runners will have the opportunity to raise both money and awareness for the local domestic violence service providers, whose services span the greater metropolitan area. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon takes place in October, which is also...

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AAFS Participates in Service Day for a Great Cause

On Saturday, May 17, staff members and volunteers from Arab American Family Services, as well as volunteers from the National Arab American Professionals-Chicago, and Egyptians Abroad for Development, took part in Service Day at A Safe Haven, 2750 W Roosevelt Rd. in Chicago. A Safe Haven is an organization that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. A Safe Haven also assists veterans and those effected by poverty. On Service Day, volunteers helped...

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AAFS Recognized by the State of Illinois as a Welcoming Center

Arab American Family Services is proud to announce that they have officially been recognized by the state of Illinois as a Welcoming Center. The Illinois Welcoming Center is a unique model that offers many state, community, health, employment training, and educational services in one location. As a state recognized Welcoming Center, AAFS will have DIRECT access to and information about social, health care, education, employment, rehabilitation and homeownership services, including: SNAP (Food Stamps) Medicaid All Kids Family...

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