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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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AAFS and Life Span Discuss Victim’s Rights in Domestic Violence and Divorce

AAFS and Life Span Discuss Victim’s Rights in Domestic Violence and Divorce

Arab American Family Services is proud to be partnered with Life Span, an organization that provides comprehensive services for women and children enabling them to stay together without violence, and help women eliminate the abuse from their lives, build upon their strengths, and become self-sufficient. Life Span attorney Nour Bahrani Otremba was on hand at AAFS to discuss family law in Illinois and give a legal discussion on women’s rights through divorce, as well as child support and other issues faced during divorce. In addition to...

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AAFS Goes the Extra Mile to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

Many victims of domestic violence are unaware of the laws that are in place that will help protect them. A victim of domestic violence is entitled to the right to get an Order of Protection, granted by a judge, that will then give them more power to speak up against the attacker. At Arab American Family Services, our caseworkers have been trained on the court procedures needed to advice clients on how to handle the different aspects of domestic violence. Every Monday and Thursday, Fatimeh Hussien, an AAFS caseworker, is present at the...

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AAFS Takes Part in Illinois Muslim Action Day

On Wednesday, April 30, Arab American Family Services Executive Directors Itedal Shalabi and Nareman Taha attended Illinois Muslim Action Day at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, IL. The event gave AAFS an opportunity to meet with their local legislators and discuss issues that are faced throughout the community. Governor Pat Quinn, along with state senators Mary Flowers, Michael Hastings and Steve Landek met personally with Taha and Shalabi and were very receptive to the concerns of the community. Other topics discussed were...

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AAFS and Moraine Valley Community College Work To Assist Community

Arab American Family Services is working on strengthening the relationship with Moraine Valley Community College. Moraine Valley has one of the largest Arab-American student population throughout the area. AAFS believes it is important to work hand-in-hand with the community college and let them know that we are here to assist in any way. AAFS considers itself a valuable resource in the community, and by building the bridge with Moraine Valley, we can help strengthen the community and increase the value of education.

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National Arab American Service Day

National Arab American Service Day

Arab American Family Services will be participating in National Arab American Service Day on Saturday, May 17. Everyone is encouraged to attend this rewarding day, which will be held at A Safe Haven, LLC on 2750 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago. This year, participants will be packaging food for veterans and those who have fallen on hard times. The events will continue with an effort to beautify the location by planting flowers, trees and working on landscaping. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, or to...

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AAFS and Big Brothers Big Sisters Join Together for the Community

Arab American Family Services is proud to announce a wonderful partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. This will allow Arab American children ages 9 through 12, a chance to partner up with a mentor and build excellent character, become more confident and learning what it takes to be a leader. This wonderful partnership is also in conjunction with the Chicago Palestine Film Festival. For over 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has lead the initiative in helping children realize their potential and build their futures. Similarly, the goals...

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AAFS Gives You a Chance to Register to Vote

Beginning Thursday, May 1, anyone interested in becoming a registered voter will have a chance to sign up at the Arab American Family Services office on 9044 S. Octavia in Bridgeview. Anyone interested can either come in or call to make an appointment. In order to register, you must be at least 18 years-old, an American citizen and must have been a resident of the precinct they wish to vote in for at least 30 days prior to Election Day. For more information, please call (708) 599-2237.

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