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Senior’s Congregate Meal – Lunch Service Menu | May

May is almost over, but you can still take advantage of what the Congregate Meal has to offer. In Partnership with AgeOptions, we offer you a Senior’s Luncheon. We’ll be up and running again after Ramadan, but until then, check out our menu.   Have any suggestions or questions? Contact us at nzein@aafsil.org.  

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AAFS and Community, Participate in 13th Annual Arab American Service Day

Arab American Family Services participated in it’s 13th annual Arab American Service Day   Arab American Family Services participated in it’s 13th annual Arab American Service Day on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Over the years, AAFS has been involved in a number of projects, such as cleaning up the beach and making meal kits for the needy.  This year, we decided to take our services to a family shelter. For those of you who may not know, a family shelter is a place of temporary protection and support for survivors escaping domestic...

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A Home Away From Home – AAFS Success Story

A home away from home. Last spring, Arab American Family Services came in contact with a newly divorced, mother of 3, staying with a friend. Like many of the clients we have had, when she first came into AAFS, she was distraught, worried and afraid for the livelihood of her and her children. She had recently migrated to the United States from Jordan and was struggling to find a way to make America the land of opportunity for her and her children. She was not only hindered by a language barrier, but also by the absence of family in the U.S....

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AAFS to Participate in the 13th National Arab American Service Day!

Join us as we participate in the 13th Nation Arab American Service Day, on Saturday, May 13, 2017.   Join us as we participate in the 13th National Arab American Service Day, hosted by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC). Much like Arab American Family Services, NNAAC works to engage Arab Americans in community service to create stronger communities and make connections among neighbors. National Arab American Service Day encourages Arab American communities to give back through service, fostering a culture of...

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Arab American Family Services Hosts a Community Dialogue Event!

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) in partnership with Amos Alonzo Stagg High School hosted a much needed Community Dialogue event on Tuesday, April 12, 2017. After learning of the growing concerns and issues within our communities and the struggles of our families related to accessing resources and navigating the system, we took the initiative to invite local stakeholders from respective organization Through the AAFS’ Illinois Welcoming Center (AAFS-IWC), we engaged in a conversation with community leaders and elected officials throughout...

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Women’s Empowerment Club – Orders of Protection

On March 9, 2017, AAFS held its second session of the Women’s Empowerment Club. This program was designed to educate and empower women on many different platforms. Because domestic violence is, unfortunately, a problem within our communities, we held this session to educate victims and survivors about their rights and how to fill out an order of protection, in the event that their life may be threatened. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates...

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AAFS Gives Back to the Needy!

AAFS Gives Back to the Needy! On Friday, March 10, 2017, Arab American Family Services traveled to St. Mark Lutheran Church in Worth, Illinois, to feed those in need. As each of the AAFS team members arrived, we noticed participants huddled near the doors. When asked if participants knew that the event was set to begin in an hour, I was notified that many times attendees lined up as early as noon. It was a devastating sight to see, but it was eye-opening, especially knowing that these are members of our community. We had only been there for a...

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Illinois Welcomes Immigrants and Refugees

AAFS in support of ICIRR Advocacy Day   (SPRINGFIELD, IL —March 15, 2017) Arab American Family Services traveled to our State Capital in Springfield, IL, today! AAFS was one of the 30 plus member organizations taking part in Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Advocacy Day. MCing this event was our very own Director, Nareman Taha. As hundreds of leaders and supporters joined them at the State Capitol, they demanded elected officials dig deeper to better understand the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois, so...

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Co-Founder and Director off AAFS, Nareman Taha, to Speak at DIC

International Women’s Day We are incredibly proud to announce that on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, our very own Nareman Taha, Co-Founder and Director of Arab American Family Services, will be a speaker on this panel! The event is in honor of International Women’s Day. Alongside her will be Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, Founder and President of the Syrian Community Network, Rummana Hussain, Criminal Courts Reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and Alia Bilal, Director of Community Relations at Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN).   The...

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Free ESL and Civics Class!

FREE ESL and Civic Classes! Since January 16th, 2017, Arab American Family Services has been hosting both English as a Second Language (ESL) and civic classes! We understand how intimidating learning a second language can be and how important passing the citizenship test is, so we’ve created a program just for you! Join us as instructor Dillon Ficca teaches you everything you need to know to pass the citizenship test and strengthen your English! To find out more info, feel free to call us at (708)...

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