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AAFS Honored with Award from CAAP

On Saturday, November 14, the Center of Arab American Philanthropy hosted a wonderful event, 100 Arab Americans Who Care, which brought together 70 representatives from Arab American organizations in Chicago, who do incredible work for their community. These members gathered and donated money to support the cause. Arab American Family Services was the proud winner and recipient of the $5,500 award. This event was a way to highlight each organization and their drive to help their communities grow and succeed. Thank you to CAAP for hosting the...

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Giving Tuesday Campaign Benefits AAFS Seniors

We want to thank everyone who took the time to donate to Arab American Family Services’ Giving Tuesday campaign. This year, AAFS was looking for donations to support their senior elderly meal program. Thanks to you, AAFS was able to donate over 803 meals for our elderly congregate meal’s program. AAFS launched this program in the beginning of October as a way to bring together our senior community and give members a chance to meet, mingle and enjoy a meal on the house. The requirement is that attendees be 60 years of age and...

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AAFS Takes Part in Chicago Marathon for a Great Cause

                Arab American Family Services is proud when members of the community take part in honoring their mission, vision and goals. For the second year in a row, AAFS, in collaboration with the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, took part in the Chicago Marathon under in part with Run Domestic Violence Out of Town. The CMBWN has come together with nine of its domestic violence member organizations and two affiliates to collaboratively raise funds for domestic violence...

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AAFS 8th Annual Walk in Faith Not in Fear is a Success

Arab American Family Services would like to thank all sponsors, partners and attendees for their support in the 8th Annual Walk in Faith Not in Fear, walk for domestic violence and breast cancer. This was another successful event, thanks in part to everyone who came out to support this incredible cause. Over 200 supporters came out to Lake Katherine this year, as a show of support and the solidarity was felt in the air. Thank you to everyone and let’s hope that this year, and for years to come, the issues of domestic violence and breast...

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AAFS Discusses Arab and Muslim Relations at NASW Conference

Arab American Family Services was proud to be part of the 2015 National Association of Social Workers conference held at the Westin Hotel in Wheeling, IL. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. Their goal is to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies. This year, AAFS co-founders Nareman Taha and Itedal Shalabi were on hand to discuss two...

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AAFS Senior Congregate Meals Program is a Success

At Arab American Family Services, we are proud of the success that our congregate meal program is receiving. AAFS launched this program in the beginning of October as a way to bring together our senior community and give members a chance to meet, mingle and enjoy a meal on the house. The requirement is that attendees be 60 years of age and older. They are more than welcome to bring their spouse, or significant other, as well as children, only if they are disabled. The lunches are being hosted on Mondays thru Fridays, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., at...

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AAFS presents at International Summit and Training on Violence, Abuse and Trauma

Arab American Family Services was proud to take part in he 20th Annual International Summit and Training on Violence, Abuse and Trauma hosted in San Diego from August 22 through the 26th. The conference tracks adult survivors of domestic violence, child maltreatment, adverse childhood experiences, legal and criminal justice issues, as well as other issues related to domestic violence. AAFS’s role was profound. In 2014, DePaul university contacted Arab American Family Services and asked them to be part of a study conducted by the...

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LIHEAP Weatherization Program Returns

The LIHEAP weatherization program has returned. On October 1, Arab American Family Services will begin assisting clients with the application process. There are three separate priority periods. Priority Period I will begin on Oct. 1. It is for applicants who are 60 years of age and older, as well as clients with disabilities. Priority Period II will begin on November 1. This is for clients who have children under the age of 6. As well as households with one or both utilities disconnected or in imminent disconnection status. The regular...

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AAFS: Summer 2015 in Review

Arab American Family Services has been busy in all aspects of public service. Despite budget cuts throughout the state of Illinois, AAFS is refusing to let the cuts take away services from our clients who need assistance. It has been a whirlwind of a few months, but we are pleased with the outcome of our hard work and dedication. Please take a moment to check out what we have been doing over the months: AAFS hit a milestone. They completed the first annual Arab American Big Brothers Big Sisters program AAFS, in partnership with Big Brothers...

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AAFS Supports PCRF in the 2015 Run for Peace

Arab American Family Services is proud to announce that they will be supporting Palestine Children’s Relief Fund in the 2015 Run for Peace. The run will take place on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Moraine Valley Community College. It will feature a 5k run and one mile walk benefitting PCRF. The event is designed to heighten public awareness and raise funds for the children of Palestine.  A fun-filled family day is planned where both adults and children join together to support the PCRF mission, to raise funds to improve the care,...

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