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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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Arab American Women Meet and Greet with State Rep Kelly Burke

State Representative Kelly Burke will be meeting with Arab American women on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 6-8 hosted by a local community member. If you live in one of State Rep’s district area(s): Chicago Ridge, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Palos Park, Willow Springs, or Worth, and interested in engaging with your local politics, come out and join us. State Rep. Kelly Burke wants and is interested to hear and learn from you. This is a great way to become civically engaged. To attend, must RSVP to Nareman Taha:...

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AAFS Takes Part in Rohingya Cultural Center Winter Clothe Drive

AAFS Takes Part in Rohingya Cultural Center Winter Clothe Drive

Arab American Family Services was proud to team up with the Benedictine University Students for the Justice of Palestine to help donate winter clothes for the Rohingya Refugee Cultural Center. Through the assistance of AAFS Fellow Helwas Saleh, winter clothes including coats, jackets, blankets, boots and sweaters were donated to help many of Rohingya’s refugees who know call Chicago home. So far, over 25 families have been helped with the the Winter Clothes Drive. This drive is benefitting those in Chicago and who are still coming into...

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AAFS Thanks You for your Support During #GivingTuesday

AAFS Thanks You for your Support During #GivingTuesday

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Arab American Family Services has taken part in this annual event in hopes of being able to gain your support in allowing us to support our community. Everything that is raised gives us the chance to continue to build our programs and reach our goals. Thanks to you, our amazing community, AAFS was able to reach their...

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