Arab American Heritage Council

Arab American Heritage Council Established in 1980, the AAHC is an Arab American non-profit organization dedicated to building a strong and united Arab community and providing immigration services to the Greater Flint community.

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For today’s #CommunityHighlight we would like to feature the Treasurer of the AAHC, Said Farah!Said has been a longtime ...
09/21/2021

For today’s #CommunityHighlight we would like to feature the Treasurer of the AAHC, Said Farah!

Said has been a longtime board member, donor, and volunteer for the AAHC serving in many capacities over the past 15 years. During that time, Said was heavily involved with AAHC events, including serving as Chairman of the Golf Outing event committee for 7 years. Said has been an instrumental financial guide during his time with the AAHC.

Said is a founding member and partner of West Second Street Associates (WSSA), established in 1993. WSSA specializes in real estate development and long-term management of high-quality government buildings leased back to the General Services Administration (GSA) throughout the United States. Said is also involved in several downtown Flint redevelopment projects, including the historical Capitol Theatre Building.

Outside of work and the AAHC, Said and his family have been extremely devoted to Arab Americans and Palestinians. He has participated in many organizations working to improve life for Arabs and Palestinians across the world. Said is an active member of St. George Orthodox Church.

We are grateful to Said’s continued service to the AAHC and the Arab American community

For today’s #CommunityHighlight we would like to feature the Treasurer of the AAHC, Said Farah!

Said has been a longtime board member, donor, and volunteer for the AAHC serving in many capacities over the past 15 years. During that time, Said was heavily involved with AAHC events, including serving as Chairman of the Golf Outing event committee for 7 years. Said has been an instrumental financial guide during his time with the AAHC.

Said is a founding member and partner of West Second Street Associates (WSSA), established in 1993. WSSA specializes in real estate development and long-term management of high-quality government buildings leased back to the General Services Administration (GSA) throughout the United States. Said is also involved in several downtown Flint redevelopment projects, including the historical Capitol Theatre Building.

Outside of work and the AAHC, Said and his family have been extremely devoted to Arab Americans and Palestinians. He has participated in many organizations working to improve life for Arabs and Palestinians across the world. Said is an active member of St. George Orthodox Church.

We are grateful to Said’s continued service to the AAHC and the Arab American community

Check out this Flint Beat article on the AAHC and the launch of our local MENA Campaign. Executive Director- Devin Bathi...
09/17/2021
Flint organization joins national fight for accurate representation of Arab Americans - Flint Beat

Check out this Flint Beat article on the AAHC and the launch of our local MENA Campaign. Executive Director- Devin Bathish and Communications Coordinator- Lucine Jarrah, discussed the harms caused by the lack of a MENA category on the Census and other demographic collection and reporting.

“The reality here is that without accurate representation in the data, we lose government funding for addressing population-specific needs. It also makes it harder to address disparities in access to things like education, health care, and mental health services.”

Read more: https://flintbeat.com/flint-organization-joins-national-fight-for-accurate-representation-of-arab-americans/

Flint, MI—One Flint organization is joining a nationwide effort to change the way Arab Americans are counted in the census. When it comes to being counted

For today’s #CommunityHighlight we would like to feature the Vice President of the AAHC, Dr. Abd Alghanem!Dr. Alghanem i...
09/13/2021

For today’s #CommunityHighlight we would like to feature the Vice President of the AAHC, Dr. Abd Alghanem!

Dr. Alghanem is a long-time donor, volunteer, and activist for the Arab American community and AAHC. He served on the board of the AAHC in many different capacities in the 1980s and 1990s before serving as AAHC President from 1997-2004. Under his leadership, the AAHC ushered in the new millennium, navigated the tragedy and subsequent anti-Arab discrimination of the 9/11 attacks, opened a full-time office, and hosted the largest collaborative project in AAHC history, the Arabic Influence Project. Dr. Alghanem has served on the AAHC board for almost 30 years and he currently serves as Vice President.

Dr. Alghanem immigrated from Damascus, Syria, and is a board-certified plastic surgeon in private practice since 1989. Dr. Alghanem is an assistant clinical professor at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine working to teach the next generation of doctors. Dr. Alghanem and his wife, Fadwa, have been pillars of the Arab American community for years, dedicating themselves to improving the Arab community and helping others. They are active in many community organizations throughout Flint and are dedicated members of the Flint Islamic Center.

We are grateful to Dr. Abd Alghanem’s continued service to the AAHC and the Arab American community!

For today’s #CommunityHighlight we would like to feature the Vice President of the AAHC, Dr. Abd Alghanem!

Dr. Alghanem is a long-time donor, volunteer, and activist for the Arab American community and AAHC. He served on the board of the AAHC in many different capacities in the 1980s and 1990s before serving as AAHC President from 1997-2004. Under his leadership, the AAHC ushered in the new millennium, navigated the tragedy and subsequent anti-Arab discrimination of the 9/11 attacks, opened a full-time office, and hosted the largest collaborative project in AAHC history, the Arabic Influence Project. Dr. Alghanem has served on the AAHC board for almost 30 years and he currently serves as Vice President.

Dr. Alghanem immigrated from Damascus, Syria, and is a board-certified plastic surgeon in private practice since 1989. Dr. Alghanem is an assistant clinical professor at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine working to teach the next generation of doctors. Dr. Alghanem and his wife, Fadwa, have been pillars of the Arab American community for years, dedicating themselves to improving the Arab community and helping others. They are active in many community organizations throughout Flint and are dedicated members of the Flint Islamic Center.

We are grateful to Dr. Abd Alghanem’s continued service to the AAHC and the Arab American community!

The Arab American National Museum is hosting an amazing virtual Arab music and arts festival from September 23 - 26! It ...
09/09/2021

The Arab American National Museum is hosting an amazing virtual Arab music and arts festival from September 23 - 26! It is free and open to the public!

Register and check out the lineup of artists here: https://www.jam3a.org/

The Arab American National Museum is hosting an amazing virtual Arab music and arts festival from September 23 - 26! It is free and open to the public!

Register and check out the lineup of artists here: https://www.jam3a.org/

We are pleased to announce that our 2021-2022 National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) Fellow is: Ahmed Ha...
08/24/2021

We are pleased to announce that our 2021-2022 National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) Fellow is: Ahmed Hammed!

Ahmad is a Palestinian American who grew up in the Greater Lansing area. In 2020, Ahmad received his BA degree in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science from Michigan State University. During his time as a student, Ahmad took on multiple leadership positions on campus including President of the Muslim Student Association. Following graduation, Ahmad attended graduate school at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom and received his Masters of Public Health degree with a concentration in global health disparities and public policy. His research focuses on the Middle East, Muslims, and Refugees.

We are so excited to have Ahmad join the AAHC team and we look forward to seeing all his success as a fellow!

We are pleased to announce that our 2021-2022 National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) Fellow is: Ahmed Hammed!

Ahmad is a Palestinian American who grew up in the Greater Lansing area. In 2020, Ahmad received his BA degree in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science from Michigan State University. During his time as a student, Ahmad took on multiple leadership positions on campus including President of the Muslim Student Association. Following graduation, Ahmad attended graduate school at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom and received his Masters of Public Health degree with a concentration in global health disparities and public policy. His research focuses on the Middle East, Muslims, and Refugees.

We are so excited to have Ahmad join the AAHC team and we look forward to seeing all his success as a fellow!

Check out our photos from the Community Picnic!
08/12/2021

Check out our photos from the Community Picnic!

APPLICATION CLOSING SOON! The AAHC is offering a paid fellowship opportunity to Arab American college and graduate-level...
08/02/2021

APPLICATION CLOSING SOON! The AAHC is offering a paid fellowship opportunity to Arab American college and graduate-level students. The NNAAC Fellowship program is a leadership development training program that has been developed through the National Network for Arab American Communities. Apply today!

If you are interested in applying, please email: [email protected]

APPLICATION CLOSING SOON! The AAHC is offering a paid fellowship opportunity to Arab American college and graduate-level students. The NNAAC Fellowship program is a leadership development training program that has been developed through the National Network for Arab American Communities. Apply today!

If you are interested in applying, please email: [email protected]

Eid al-Adha mubarak to those celebrating! عيد الاضحى مبارك للجميع!  كل عام و انتم بألف خير!
07/20/2021

Eid al-Adha mubarak to those celebrating!

عيد الاضحى مبارك للجميع! كل عام و انتم بألف خير!

Eid al-Adha mubarak to those celebrating!

عيد الاضحى مبارك للجميع! كل عام و انتم بألف خير!

07/19/2021

Join the White House COVID-19 Response Team for a virtual conversation: Building Vaccine Confidence in the Arab Community

Wednesday, July 21 Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Please RSVP for the session below 👇🏽

https://pitc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_mxreLB4MTkOTEEF2Usi3Mw

After RSVPing, you will receive a zoom invitation link over email. On the day of the webinar, in the event that the webinar has exceeded the maximum number of attendees and you are unable to view it on the zoom link, you can also live view the event at the following YouTube link as a backup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2URIlAumY5M

View the Genesee County Health Department upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for this week. Visit www.gchd.us/covid19vacc...
07/19/2021

View the Genesee County Health Department upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for this week.
Visit www.gchd.us/covid19vaccine for more information.

Our upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for this week. We hope to see you there! Visit www.gchd.us/covid19vaccine for more information.

APPLY TODAY! The AAHC is offering a paid fellowship opportunity to Arab American college and graduate-level students. Th...
07/15/2021

APPLY TODAY! The AAHC is offering a paid fellowship opportunity to Arab American college and graduate-level students. The NNAAC Fellowship program is a leadership development training program that has been developed through the National Network for Arab American Communities.

If you are interested in applying, please email: [email protected]

APPLY TODAY! The AAHC is offering a paid fellowship opportunity to Arab American college and graduate-level students. The NNAAC Fellowship program is a leadership development training program that has been developed through the National Network for Arab American Communities.

If you are interested in applying, please email: [email protected]

To wrap up #ImmigrantHeritageMonth, we are highlighting our Immigration Program! Do you know how many immigration client...
06/30/2021

To wrap up #ImmigrantHeritageMonth, we are highlighting our Immigration Program! Do you know how many immigration clients we serve??

Since 2013, the AAHC has served 600 clients through our immigration program, an average of 75 clients a year. Clients came from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, but roughly half were Arab. Most were from Flint or Genesee County, but we had clients come all the way from Detroit, Saginaw, Midland, Tawas, and Petoskey!

If you or anyone that you know needs immigration advice or assistance, please call us at 810-235-2722 or email our Immigration Director at [email protected].

For our organization to keep providing vital immigration services, we need your support! Donate here: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VYJ8DCYF3N7NJ&source=url

To wrap up #ImmigrantHeritageMonth, we are highlighting our Immigration Program! Do you know how many immigration clients we serve??

Since 2013, the AAHC has served 600 clients through our immigration program, an average of 75 clients a year. Clients came from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, but roughly half were Arab. Most were from Flint or Genesee County, but we had clients come all the way from Detroit, Saginaw, Midland, Tawas, and Petoskey!

If you or anyone that you know needs immigration advice or assistance, please call us at 810-235-2722 or email our Immigration Director at [email protected].

For our organization to keep providing vital immigration services, we need your support! Donate here: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VYJ8DCYF3N7NJ&source=url

Photos from ACCESS's post
06/29/2021

Photos from ACCESS's post

In honor of #ImmigrantHeritageMonth, we are featuring local immigration attorney and AAHC partner: Muna Jondy!Muna Jondy...
06/28/2021

In honor of #ImmigrantHeritageMonth, we are featuring local immigration attorney and AAHC partner: Muna Jondy!

Muna Jondy is an immigration attorney practicing in Flint, MI. She founded her law practice in 2007 and has been one of the only immigration providers in the entire mid-Michigan area. Muna services a full range of immigration clients, including refugees and asylum seekers. For many years, Muna has partnered with the AAHC immigration program, including mentoring immigration directors, assisting on complex immigration cases, and connecting immigrants to vital services in the area.

A lifelong human rights advocate, Muna is a cooperating attorney with the ACLU of Michigan, serves as co-chair of Election Protection for the Genesee County Democratic Party, and was appointed by the Governor to serve as chairwoman for the
Michigan Women's Commission. Muna is also an advisory board member for Americans for a Free Syria, a nonprofit that advocates for democracy, freedom, and human rights for all Syrians. Additionally, Muna was appointed as a member of the constitutional drafting committee for Syria at the United Nations.

We are grateful for Muna's service to the AAHC and her continued work for the Arab American community! #AAHCCelebrates40

In honor of #ImmigrantHeritageMonth, we are featuring local immigration attorney and AAHC partner: Muna Jondy!

Muna Jondy is an immigration attorney practicing in Flint, MI. She founded her law practice in 2007 and has been one of the only immigration providers in the entire mid-Michigan area. Muna services a full range of immigration clients, including refugees and asylum seekers. For many years, Muna has partnered with the AAHC immigration program, including mentoring immigration directors, assisting on complex immigration cases, and connecting immigrants to vital services in the area.

A lifelong human rights advocate, Muna is a cooperating attorney with the ACLU of Michigan, serves as co-chair of Election Protection for the Genesee County Democratic Party, and was appointed by the Governor to serve as chairwoman for the
Michigan Women's Commission. Muna is also an advisory board member for Americans for a Free Syria, a nonprofit that advocates for democracy, freedom, and human rights for all Syrians. Additionally, Muna was appointed as a member of the constitutional drafting committee for Syria at the United Nations.

We are grateful for Muna's service to the AAHC and her continued work for the Arab American community! #AAHCCelebrates40

Check out this “How to Celebrate Pride Month” tool created by our partners at TAKE ON HATE to learn more about the ways ...
06/25/2021

Check out this “How to Celebrate Pride Month” tool created by our partners at TAKE ON HATE to learn more about the ways our communities can actively learn about, support, and be an ally/activist for the LGBTQIA+ community!

In celebration of Pride Month, the Arab American National Museum is hosting a Virtual Pride Concert with a musical perfo...
06/24/2021

In celebration of Pride Month, the Arab American National Museum is hosting a Virtual Pride Concert with a musical performance by INDKNA, a Yemeni and Yemeni American band of immigrant and gender-nonconforming women! Be sure to tune in on Saturday, June 26 at 7pm! Read more below.

Did you know that the AAHC is the only major accredited immigration service agency in Genesee County & Mid-Michigan? If ...
06/23/2021

Did you know that the AAHC is the only major accredited immigration service agency in Genesee County & Mid-Michigan? If you, your family members, or your friends, need any immigration assistance, please contact our office at 810-235-2722.

To ensure that we can keep providing immigration services to all who need them, support the AAHC here: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VYJ8DCYF3N7NJ&source=url.

Did you know that the AAHC is the only major accredited immigration service agency in Genesee County & Mid-Michigan? If you, your family members, or your friends, need any immigration assistance, please contact our office at 810-235-2722.

To ensure that we can keep providing immigration services to all who need them, support the AAHC here: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VYJ8DCYF3N7NJ&source=url.

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