AAFSC promotes mental and physical wellbeing, healthy relationships, and all forms of community wellness, using our culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed model.
We know that families are healthier when they are together so we fight for family reunification. We support restorative justice, equity, and fair policies for marginalized and under-resourced immigrants and refugees.
Through our Community Health & Wellbeing Program, we sign individuals up for free or low-cost health insurance. As the only Arabic speaking Health Navigator in New York, we serve individuals from the entire tri-state area. We also support individuals in signing up for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits because we know that eating healthy enables families to work, learn, and succeed. We promote behavioural changes that ensure greater health through diabetes and smoking cessation workshops. Our staff works directly with hospitals and general practitioners so that we have an understanding of which doctors have the linguistic or translation capabilities our clients need.
AAFSC is proud to be an official partner of NYC Care, a health care access program that guarantees services at little or no cost to New Yorkers who do not qualify for or cannot afford health insurance. This city-wide program allows all New Yorkers to access affordable health care with dignity and respect, regardless of their immigration status or ability to pay. As a direct enrollment site, AAFSC’s Health Navigators can secure appointments for clients on-site or via phone. To enroll in NYC Care, please call 718-643-800 today or visit our Brooklyn office at 150 Court Street, 3rd Fl, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
To refer a community member you know or a client at your organization to NYC Care, please use our External Referral Form:
Recognizing the need for additional mental health support in our marginalized communities, we launched a mental health initiative in June 2018 in partnership with Maimonides Community Care of Brooklyn, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and community stakeholders. The program, Reclaiming Our Health, aims to promote wellness, early detection, access to support and care, and connections to effective interventions within immigrant and refugee communities in Downtown Brooklyn and Bay Ridge through a community participatory model. Non-traditional individuals, like barbershop employees and faith-based stakeholders, are as involved as hospitals and clinicians in reducing mental health stigma and increasing early detection and access to a support network for those suffering. We also have two mental health clinicians on-site to offer services to youth, adults, and staff.
To learn more about Reclaiming Our Health, please visit the Reclaiming Our Health site.
1,200 individuals received immigration-based legal services.
2,033 individuals signed up for free or low-cost health insurance.
1,900 at-risk individuals benefited from emergency financial assistance.
We ensure families have access to their rights, remain with their families, and understand immigration laws through our Legal Services. We support with green card and visa applications, citizenship exams, family reunification claims, translate official documents, offer legal guidance, and more.
Through our Emergency Relief Fund, we support vulnerable, low-income, immigrant and refugee clients in need of emergency financial assistance to prevent them from becoming homeless, food insecure, falling into situations of harmful debt due to medical and other bills, or remaining in living situations that pose a threat to their safety due to the threat of domestic violence.
The Arab-American Family Support Center is the only organization currently offering support to newly arrived immigrants and refugees struggling with travel debt. Through our New Immigrants and Refugees Fund, we offer funding to families who are saddled with over $5,000 of debt to the International Office of Migration during an already stressful time.
All of our Priority Areas are linked. Program participants are exposed to a range of initiatives every time they enter our Center and staff across the agency are equipped to work with clients across priority areas. For example, all of our work is done through a lens of mental health promotion. Staff are equipped to recognize signs of distress and refer to our other services as well as partner organizations as needed.