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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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AAFS Hosts Child Car Seat Safety Check

Arab American Family Services along with the Arab American Police Association and the Illinois State Police partnered up to provide families with new car seats and educating parents on child safety. The event was held on Saturday, April 19. In all, 92 families were given proper child car seats and educated on the importance of children’s safety. Parents were instructed on how to install the car seats into their vehicles. They were also given a valuable lesson in safety. With the 92 seats that were given out, we consider it to be 92 lives...

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Arab American Family Services Shows Appreciation to Donors

On Sunday, April 6, Arab American Family Services hosted a luncheon inviting those who have given so much to our organization. The luncheon, held at the Palos Country Club on 13100 Southwest Highway in Orland Park, drew over 75 donors and their families. We want to take the time to thank all the wonderful donors who contributed to AAFS. Once again, we want to thank those who give so much and expect so little. Your work is appreciated and we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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AAFS to Join DePaul University for Violence Discussion

Itedal Shalabi of Arab American Family Services is proud to be a panelist at DePaul University’s College of Communication symposium entitled “Making Meaning of Violence.” The first annual event hosted by DePaul will be on April 14 and 15, 2014. Faculty, students and guests will be on hand to discuss different aspects of violence and the work being done by the university and various communities, to address the issue. The event will discuss a range of approaches and perspectives of violence. Itedal Shalabi will be presenting...

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April Is Child Abuse Awareness 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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AAFS Student Success Tutoring Program is Underway

Arab American Family Services is pleased to announce that the Student Tutoring Program is set to begin on March 31, 2014. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the AAFS office located on 9044 S. Octavia in Bridgeview, IL 60455. Tutoring is available in all subject matters. AAFS is still seeking more volunteer tutors. If you know a child that is in need of academic assistance or a tutoring volunteer that would like to help, please send them our way. For more information, please call (708)...

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AAFS and Compassionate Care Network Team Up to Assist in Healthcare Coverage

AAFS and Compassionate Care Network Team Up to Assist in Healthcare Coverage

Arab American Family Services along with Compassionate Care Network helped launch a week long campaign in collaboration with Get Covered Illinois to ensure that everyone is getting the health insurance they need and deserve in time for the March 31 deadline. On Thursday, March 18, Arab AAFS, CCN and many community volunteers spent two hours making calls to families to assist in answering their questions and giving them insight into health care costs and assistance for those who are below the federal poverty level. The deadline for coverage is...

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AAFS Takes Part in Spring Parent University at Andrew High School

AAFS Takes Part in Spring Parent University at Andrew High School

On Tuesday, March 18, staff members from Arab American Family Services attended the Spring Parent University event at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Il. Discussions among parents and staff included information on student safety and responsible decision making for Prom 2014. Students were also able to discuss methods of strengthening their academics and establishing a better relationship with their teachers. Also discussed were the tough decisions that teenagers face in this day and age and the emotional struggles that they face in high...

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AAFS Discusses Dental Plans and Alternatives with Midwestern University Doctors

AAFS Discusses Dental Plans and Alternatives with Midwestern University Doctors

Dr. Larry Williams and third year dentistry student, Duaa Hamoud met with Arab American Family Services staff to introduce the latest services offered by Midwestern University Dental Institute. Midwestern offers services for everyone, even if a patient is on Medicare or Medicaid, services are offered. Patients will be advised of their recommended treatments and its estimated cost, as well as alternative treatments. For low income patients, the initial fee is $1o. And fees for services will be applied. And if payment for services is still an...

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