FAQ

Interested in learning more? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below and reach out to us if you would like to continue the conversation!

When was AAFSC founded?

AAFSC was founded in 1994.

What is AAFSC’s mission?

We empower immigrants and refugees with the tools they need to successfully acclimate to the world around them and become active participants in their communities.

What makes AAFSC unique?

We offer integrated, holistic, and multigenerational services using a cultually and linguistically competent, trauma-informed approach. We serve entire families across all of our programs.

What does it mean to be culturally and linguistically competent?

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. We speak over 16 languages and 30 various dialects

Do you serve only the Arab-American community?

No. While we were founded by the Arab-American community, our services are available to anyone in need. Over nearly 25 years experience, we have developed expertise in serving the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian immigrant and refugee communities.

What does AMEMSA mean?

AAFSC uses the terms AMEMSA to describe the communities we serve. AMEMSA stands for Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities. This term gained traction from shared experiences of oppression and xenophobia. In particular, we like this term because it strives to build collective unity and strength between these communities.

Is AAFSC a religious organization?

No – AAFSC is a non-sectarian organization. We serve clients who have various religious identities and never discriminate by race, nationality, or religion.

What is a settlement house?

AAFSC is a member of the United Neighborhood Houses, a group of settlement houses, which provides services and resources within a community to reinforce the strengths of that community. Settlement houses are rooted in, by, and for the community.