About Us

We strive for a socially just society where all immigrants can fully partake as Americans. We pursue our vision across all priority areas and we structure our activities around impact and outcomes.

Founded by the Arab-American Community. Open to All.

AAFSC is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization established in 1994 to provide culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed, multigenerational social services to immigrants and refugees. We strengthen families through 4 key priority areas and our work extends to communities globally.

All of our priority areas – Prevent, Get Ready, Promote, and Communicate are interlinked. This means, for example, that participants who are taking English language classes as part of our Get Ready Initiatives will also access our Youth Program for their children, Legal Services, and Mental Health support.

While we support anyone who walks through our doors, over our nearly 27 years of experience, we have developed expertise in serving the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) immigrant and refugee communities.

AAFSC stands strictly against racism, colorism, classism, segregation, homophobia, xenophobia, sectarianism, sexism, ableism, ageism and all other forms of oppression. As an anti-racist organization, we recognize the importance of allyship and join the Movement for Black Lives, LGBTQIA+ community members, and all those who experience othering in solidarity and collective action.

Our Services & Our Priorities

Our services are culturally and linguistically competent. This means that our staff and leadership represent the communities we serve. We understand and respect the nuances, traditions, customs, and religious practices of our communities and we can speak the various languages of those we serve.

Our Priorities
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Our Staff

Collectively, our staff speak Arabic, Albanian, Armenian, Bangla, English-Based Creole, French, German, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Nepali, Newari, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Sherpa, Sindhi, Somali, Spanish, Tajiki, Tibetan, Turkish, Urdu, and Wakhi.

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In 2020, we supported 9,000 families:

180 young adults are advancing their leadership, academic, and self-expression abilities.

6,600 home visits were conducted across all five boroughs to ensure the safety of children.

100% of our students pass their Citizenship exams.

AAFSC Locations

As a settlement house, we are geographically embedded in the communities we serve. This translates to better real-time understanding of community challenges.

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