Our Stories

The Arab-American Family Support Center is rooted in, by, and for the community. Meet just a few of the thousands of incredible people who access our services every day.

Meet Nada

Seeking academic and social-emotional support for their children, Nada’s family reached out to AAFSC. Inspired by the performance and leadership skills of other immigrant girls from local Arab, Middle Eastern, North African, Muslim, and South Asian communities, Nada joined Funny Girls and now thrives as an active member developing her life skills, confidence, and strong community bonds.

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Meet Asma

At risk of homelessness due to an abusive partner and landlord, Asma enrolled in AAFSC’s Anti-Violence Program to receive immediate crisis intervention and case management support. Through a referral to our housing response unit, Asma was successfully granted a Section 8 housing voucher and is now acclimating to her new life, while still connected to a robust support network.

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Meet Maria

Through a New York City Family Justice Center referral, Maria turned to our Anti-Violence program for immediate support. An Emergency Housing Voucher was just one step towards Maria’s healing journey.

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Meet Alba

Fleeing from her abusive partner, Alba left her home in search of a new beginning. Through our Emergency Relief Fund, AAFSC delivered nearly $1,000 for food, baby supplies, and winter clothing while she waited for government assistance to arrive.

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Meet Thuraya

As a long-time participant of AAFSC’s Young Adult and Youth Program, Thuraya set her sights on college and turned to her support network at AAFSC to help achieve this goal.

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Meet Sadia

Confronting a history of domestic violence, trauma, parenting challenges, and struggles with her own mental health and well-being, Sadia turned to AAFSC during her time of need. In just one year, she has demonstrated a willingness and commitment to healing in her own life, as well as her family’s.

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Meet Lourdes and José

For immigrants like Lourdes and José, staying healthy can be difficult. AAFSC helps them learn the importance of nutrition to support their family through conscious food choices.

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Meet Mohamed

Over the last seven years with AAFSC, Mohamed has transformed into a confident student with bright goals through our comprehensive youth initiatives.

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Meet Amparo

Amparo first came to AAFSC four years ago with an extremely limited knowledge of English. Through hard work and perseverance, she is now a role model to other students.

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