Message from the President and Chairman of the Board
Over the years, the mission of the Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC) has expanded from a human service need to meeting a multitude of needed services including English as a Second language (ESL); life skills training; a college scholarship fund; job training and employment; public and behavioral health; senior, youth and secretary of state services; cross-cultural education; and the opening of our newest office in Macomb County that will have a particular emphasis on additional needed services. We are proud to be a cutting-edge Council that continues to provide services throughout Michigan, crossing ethnic and cultural lines for the purpose of impacting lives where there is need and a unique model for diversity in progress or in action.
Year-after year, we find ourselves revising our agenda for the purpose of reaching those most needy. We set our drive in motion to continued on our charge — on our mission — of keeping the candle burning with a vibrant light reflecting hope where many encountered hopelessness; and perseverance for those who felt a need to give up; and security for those in need of knowing that ACC would go the extra mile to provide them with the highest level of quality human services; and inspiration for those in need of that extra boost to propel them to life changing experiences.
Over the past year, even our light has encountered some dimming stages due to a dismal economic climate. Unfortunately, budgets have been cut and programs have been cancelled. But it’s through our faith in people, our commitment to serving, and our dedication to continue on our committed human service mission that the light has yet to extinguish fortifying us with the strength to continue to serve those in need when we are called to serve ….
… The immigrants and their families who now have hope in a new land.
… Those who are dependent on the system that can now persevere and provide for their family via job training and employment opportunities.
… The neighborhood children who can now find a secure center to go to for after school programs and extra-curriculum activities with the help of professional staff.
… Those with behavioral health issues in need of special services. While the area of behavioral health is at a crossroads, ACC is providing a wide spectrum of services and stability in their lives.
… The thousands of clients’ from the tri-county area who are inspired daily via our many services which position them to want more, expect more, aspire to do more, and receive needed assistance and services.
Yes, the challenge is great and the need is even greater – but take comfort in knowing that ACC will not be detoured from its mission.
As we close the books on another year of service, we thank our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, sponsors, volunteers, and especially our hard working staff for helping us meet the many challenges we face on a daily basis. Again, our thanks and appreciation to all.