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February 2014 at AAFS

February has been a successful month filled with new programs at Arab American Family Services. A partnership has been formed with Burbank School District 111, which will help strengthen the Parent Mentor Program. Rosa G. Maddock and Luther Burbank School are participating in hopes to allow immigrant parents to serve as tutors for English Language Learners. Each school that participates in the Parent Mentor Program pairs an Arabic speaking parent with a classroom teacher. The parent helps tutor students in reading and math to help them...

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2013 Violence Against Women Act Brings Much Needed Changes

One year ago today, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013, increasing avenues to safety and justice for victims of violence. “Today we celebrate the landmark provisions passed in VAWA 2013 and the important work of the past year to enhance victim safety and move closer to our shared vision of ending domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking,” said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. VAWA 2013 includes key protections for...

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2013: The Year in Review

2013 has been a successful year for Arab American Family Services. We have served 7,724 families throughout the Chicagoland area. A total of 32,303 individuals have turned to AAFS for assistance and services that effect their lives.  Through our Safety Net Program, Cultural Diversity Training, Elderly Services, Domestic Violence and Prevention Services, Immigration Services and Mental Health Services, Parent Mentor Program, Youth Programs, Community Health and Civic Engagements, we are proud to say thousands of people throughout our...

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AAFS Breast Cancer & Domestic Violence Walk Announced

AAFS Breast Cancer & Domestic Violence Walk Announced

Arab American Family Services will be hosting their 7th annual Walk in Faith Not in Fear to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Prevention. The walk take place on Saturday, October 11, 2o14 and will kick off at 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lake Katherine located on 7402 Lake Katherine Dr, Palos Heights, IL 60463. Registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children. A complimentary t-shirt will be given to participants and refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public and everyone is welcome to join for a...

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AAFS to be Featured on Can Tv

Arab American Family Services will now be featured every month on Chicago’s CAN TV.  AAFS will be discussing domestic violence issues and services provided for victims. They will also be discussing other services provided by AAFS. Viewers can tune in every, first Tuesday of each month, at 5:30 p.m., to view a half hour special on the organization and the wide range of services AAFS provides. CAN TV’s five local, non-commercial channels reach one million viewers in the city of Chicago.  

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CEDA Home Energy Program is Back and AAFS Can Help

Once again, Arab American Family Services will be assisting in the CEDA home weatherization program for low income residents. Weatherization services include providing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, to air sealing cracks and holes in the home, providing insulation in walls, attics and floors and repairing faulty and non efficient doors and windows. Being approved for CEDA assistance does have certain guidelines. Anyone applying for assistance must show proof of gross income for all household members who are 18 years of age, or older. You...

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Student Success Tutoring Program

Many grade school children struggle day in and day out, when it comes to certain subjects in school. Some may feel ashamed to ask for help, or suffer in silence when the work gets too hard. That is why Arab American Family Services established the Student Success Tutoring Program, a partnership with VISTA and AmeriCorps to help tutor children in grades 3rd to 8th, who might need that extra push to get them through that algebra assignment, or math homework. Or if your child is struggling in reading, or in social studies or science, please send...

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AAFS Meets with the Commission on Human Relations to Discuss Discrimination

On Friday, Feb. 14, the team of Arab American Family Services met with leaders from the Chicago Commission on Human Relations to get an in depth look on how to combat discrimination. There are many different forms of discrimination, ranging from age, race, religion, ancestry, disability or source of income, to name a few. Discrimination can take place in the work place, or your neighborhood. Many have experienced discrimination when it comes to renting an apartment, or getting a job. Some people face sexual harassment, another form of...

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AAFS Helps Combat Cancer

Arab American Family Services, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is teaming up to help combat an illness that effects a million people, every year. Through leadership, education, support and resources, AAFS will help to empower the community by promoting and educating the community on living a healthy lifestyle. This partnership will help put cancer screenings at reach for Arab-Americans throughout the community. Screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer and colon cancer will be easily provided for those who may have been...

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