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CMEAA Town Hall Meeting hosted by ACC

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On Tuesday May 17th at the Troy Community Center ACC hosted the CMEA Town Hall Meeting.  The commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs (CMEAA) was established to promote teamwork, collaboration and communication with Michigan’s Middle Eastern American communities in order to ensure diversity, inclusion, equal opportunity, and success for all Michigan residents. Appointed by the Governor, the 15 member commission works to monitor, evaluate, and provide recommendations to the Governor and department regarding issues facing the Middle Eastern American community in Michigan.

For more information please visit www.michigan.gov/cmea

 

14th Annual Golf Outing and Scholarship Dinner

The Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC), a premier nonprofit human service organization serving Southeast Michigan, hosted its 14th Annual Golf Outing and Scholarship Awards Dinner, benefiting the ACC Scholarship awards Program on Tuesday June 7, 2016 at West Bloomfield’s Shenandoah Country Club, located at 5600 Walnut Lake Road.

Thanks to the support of our generous sponsors ACC’s 2016 Scholarship Program provided 32 Scholarships. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients: Salar Brikho, Jewel Konja, Selena Cholak, Cameron Shadaia, Yara Toufaily, Abla Aldabashi, Mariam Mekhail, Mario Hanna, Iman Waell-AL-Kahil, Melissa Mezy, Angelina Adam, Lexus Gargis, Nicola Nunu, Loumar Nuaman, Yousif Esho, Lauren Zaitowna, Ryan Shami, Amanda Azar, Isabella Daoud, Maha Aljawobei, Ceriena Khzouz, Meyam Behnam, Cloie Chidiac, Emily Yatooma, Anthony Cholagh, Samira Awadallah, Maysa Damen, Wael Kassir, Ellese Jaddou, Rita Iessa-Murad, Martin Iessa-Murad, and Elias Qamar Scholarship recipients demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, leadership skills and volunteerism in the community.

This year, the ACC welcomed three honorary co-chairs to the event: Bridget Hurd, Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM); Monty Fakhouri, Corporate Business Manager, Beaumont Hospital; and Brian Santee, Senior Sales Director, Frito-Lay North America.

“The ACC was proud to award over 20 scholarships last year to area students,” said Dr. Haifa Fakhouri, President, Arab American and Chaldean Council.“The ACC makes it a priority for students in our community to have all the opportunities available to them in order to pursue their education and achieve academic success. We look forward to another successful year.”

 

Record number of scholarships awarded

scholarship imageACC provided a record 32 scholarships to local high school students at their recent 14th Annual Golf Outing & Scholarship Dinner at Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield. The fund raised at the event, through sponsorship contributions and a silent auction, benefited the organization’s Scholarship Awards, as well as Youth Programs. Over Two hundred people were in attendance.

“The ACC hopes to ensure the academic success of deserving students through our Scholarship Awards and Youth Programs,” said Dr. Haifa Fakhouri, president and CEO of the Arab American and Chaldean Council. “Thank you to all of the sponsors, businesses and individuals who helped to make this the most successful Awards Dinner yet. Because of their generosity, we were able to provide more scholarships than we have in the past several years.”

Scholarship recipients were:  Salar Brikho, Jewel Konja, Selena Cholak, Cameron Shadaia, Yara Toufaily, Abla Aldabashi, Mariam Mekhail, Mario Hanna, Iman Waell-AL-Kahil, Melissa Mezy, Angelina Adam, Lexus Gargis, Nicola Nunu, Loumar Nuaman, Yousif Esho, Lauren Zaitowna, Ryan Shami, Amanda Azar, Isabella Daoud, Maha Aljawobei, Ceriena Khzouz, Meyam Behnam, Cloie Chidiac, Emily Yatooma, Anthony Cholagh, Samira Awadallah, Maysa Damen, Wael Kassir, Ellese Jaddou, Rita Iessa-Murad, Martin Iessa-Murad, and Elias Qamar Scholarship recipients demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, leadership skills and volunteerism in the community.

Golf Tournament awards were also distributed to the men and women who were Closest to the Pin and had the Longest Drive.

The Signature Sponsor of the event was the Central Intelligence Agency.

 

Thank You Sponsors!

14th Annual Golf Outing & Scholarship Awards Dinner – June 7, 2016

Thank you for your kind support of the Arab American and Chaldean Council’s (ACC) 14th Annual Golf Outing & Scholarship Awards Dinner. We truly appreciate your generosity as a sponsor for this year’s event.

Your contribution helped make our special celebration a success; with all proceeds to benefit ACC’s Scholarship and Youth Program. We believe our scholarships help contribute to a better future for our recipients. Our efforts have shown that with perseverance and a lot of hard work, in a spirit of cooperation and understanding, we truly can make a difference.

Signature Sponsor: Central Intelligence Agency

Dinner Sponsors: Beaumont Health System, BlueCross Blue Shield of Michigan

Cart Sponsors: Pepsi, Superior Buick GMC

Prize Sponsors: GreekTown Casino-Hotel

Birdie Sponsors: Frito-Lay, Huntington Bank, PCE Systems, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Wolverine Packing Co.

Range/Green Sponsors: Frank & Lena Simon

Hole Sponsors: BELFOR, Elite Internal Medicine, PC., Henry Ford College Foundation, Maner Costerisan, Meijer, Michigan First Foundation

Foursome Sponsors: Acho & Associates, Caesars Windsor, Coca-Cola, Comerica Bank, Disability Attorneys of Michigan, DTE Energy, DTE Energy Foundation, Fakhoury Law Group, Globe Midwest Adjusters International, Main Street Bank, Mark Karmo, Norman Yatooma & Associates, OpTech, Services to Enhance Potential

Scholarship Sponsors: Abe Munfakh, AFPD,  Boji Group, Dr. Haifa Fakhouri, Dr. Luay Haddad, DTE Energy Foundation, Gold Corp, Great Lakes Baking Co., Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, Henry Ford Macomb and West Bloomfield, Kroger Company of Michigan, Metro Detroit Youth Day, U.S. Ice

Gifts and Contributions: Abe Munfakh, American Cancer Society, AT&T, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Comcast, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Detroit Marriott, Doug Saroki (Auto Broker), DTE Energy

ACC announces partnership in Detroit revitalization efforts

On April 23, 2013 after a tour of ACC’s Youth Recreation and Leadership Center in Detroit Scott Woosley, Executive Director for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) addressed ACC’s Board of Directors, Advisory Board and guests. Mr. Woosley presented information and answered questions about MSHDA programs and goals. As executive director his focus is on spurring investment growth, promoting homeownership, and revitalizing Michigan’s downtowns and neighborhoods. He intends to ensure that Michigan has an ample supply of quality, affordable housing for low- to moderate-income residents. Mr. Woosley is a strong advocate of “placemaking” an approach to community and economic development that focuses on creating vibrant, interesting public spaces, such as parks and squares, commercial districts, and regional entertainment and cultural attractions.

MSHDA’s emphasis on “placemaking” is in direct alignment with ACC’s Community and Neighborhood Development Initiative: The Seven Mile Project. Currently in Phase III of the project, ACC announced its partnership with Penrose Village II, LDHA LP to build new homes in the City of Detroit during the ACC Board of Directors/Advisory Board meeting. The homes will be located in the ACC’s Seven Mile Project, which is focused on revitalizing the area between Woodward and John R both economically and residentially.

Penrose Village II will consist of 48 single family units: with a combination of two-bedroom duplexes, three-bedroom duplexes, and three-bedroom single-family homes, as well as a central “farmhouse” with offices for service providers and community gardens. The ACC will serve as the primary service provider for the development, which is targeting those with special needs including the homeless, victims of domestic violence and the disabled. ACC will also provide residents and others in the area with social and behavioral therapy, drug abuse prevention and treatment, infant care, the WIC Program and job training based upon referrals.

“The creation of Penrose Village II is a major part of the ACC’s plan to bring the Seven Mile area back to its former glory,” said Bob Ghannam, Director of ACC’s Seven Mile Project and Special Projects at the ACC. “Not only will those in need be able to afford new housing, they also will have easy access to many social services that can help them improve their lives.”

Golf outing will support Arab American, Chaldean scholarships

Press & Guide, Thursday April 25, 2013

LATHRUP VILLAGE – The Arab American and Chaldean Council, a nonprofit human service organization serving southeastern Michigan, has announced its 11th Annual ACC Scholarship Program, benefiting high school seniors of Arab/Chaldean descent.

The ACC will award scholarships to deserving high school seniors who complete an application that includes criteria such as submitting a transcript, two letters of recommendation and writing an essay. The applications are due May 3. Scholarship applications are available at www.myacc.org. Last year, 20 scholarships totaling $20,000 were provided to southeast Michigan students.

“Education is a fundamental part of a youth’s social and personal development,” said Haifa Fakhouri, president, ACC. “The ACC is proud to financially assist graduating high school students as they pursue their education.”

The ACC Scholarship Awards Program is based on academic excellence and financial need.

Funds for the Scholarship Awards Program will be generated from the ACC’s fundraiser, the 11th Annual Golf Outing and Scholarship Awards Dinner, taking place June 4 at Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield. Information on sponsorship and participation opportunities can be found at the ACC’s website, www.myacc.org.

There also will be a silent auction fundraiser. This year’s event chairs are State Rep. Klint Kesto, (R-Walled Lake), and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. Last year, more than 200 participated in the golf outing.

“With a still struggling economy and increased tuition rates, students find it difficult to continue their education beyond high school,” added Fakhouri. “Through the ACC’s annual golf outing and Scholarship Awards Program, it is our goal to help ensure the academic success of these deserving students.”

ACC welcomes U.S. Department of State Diplomats

 On Thursday, March 21, ACC welcomed a group of United States diplomats to its Seven Mile Campus during their visit from Washington DC. The US Department of State came to Michigan for a week long trip as a part of an exchange to learn about the Arab community and to enhance their Arabic communication skills. This group of 9 diplomats will be posted to various United States embassies and consulates around the Middle East region this year.

Their first stop on the ACC Tour was at ACC’s Youth Recreation and Leadership Center (62 W. Seven Mile) where they were given a briefing about ACC’s activities in the community. A comprehensive overview was given in Arabic by Dr. Radwan Khoury, ACC Executive Director and COO, who shared the history of ACC’s development over the years. ACC also shared information regarding its many programs such as mental health, which serves not only Arab Americans but also the mainstream. The diplomats also had the opportunity to interact with many ACC staff members, who explained the role of ACC within the community at large.

During the lunch meeting the diplomats were invited to taste Middle Eastern cuisine and engaged in a fruitful discussion in Arabic to practice their language skills. Marlo Salaita Durrant, daughter of William Salaita ACC Director of Employment and Training, was a part of the group of diplomats. She joined the US Department of State in 2012 as a diplomat to advance the image of the United States in the Arab world, and is going to work in the US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2013 for her first diplomatic post.

ACC Night at the Pistons

On February 23 ACC hosted a Pistons Game Night for a diverse group of nearly 50 students from its youth programs. The students enjoyed a night at the Palace of Auburn Hills as the Detroit Pistons took on the Indiana Pacers. Transportation was provided by The FOX Sports Detroit Fan Express, which is a new bus specifically designed for Detroit sports fans! The bus was decorated with giant images of our favorite Pistons, Tigers and Red Wings players; the bus was perfect for the ride to the Piston’s game.

The night at the Piston’s game went very well! It was a fantastic experience for all involved, especially the youth. They had so much fun and were very appreciative. The night started off with pizza and pop at ACC’s Youth Center before leaving for the game on the Fox Sports Fan Express. For most, this was the first time they rode a bus that luxurious. At the game the kids received a surprise “swag” pull string back pack, filled with a water bottle, Pistons DVD, and a Pistons Hat. It was a great experience and one they will not forget anytime soon.

Life Skills: Starting with the Basics

A 4th grader named Diamond was being bullied on a daily basis by her classmates. They picked on her because of her hygiene problems. She comes from a large family of seven where the parents are always working and unable to provide her with guidance or to teach her how to take care of herself. She didn’t know how to brush her teeth, or how many times to shower. In response to Diamond’s need ACC’s dedicated staff member Lara Elia went out and purchased a number of hygiene products and taught Diamond how to have good hygiene. Lara provided her with items such as clean clothing, toothbrush, body wash, shampoo, a backpack, perfume, deodorant, toothpaste, gloves, scarf, hat, socks, underwear, and more, which put a wonderful smile on Diamond’s face.

As a result she has been coming to school with no hygiene problems and the bullying has stopped. In addition to addressing the hygiene issue this situation brought up the issue of bullying. Lara took extra time to talk to the class about the affects of bullying and the importance of being kind to those who are in need of help.

ACC’s Substance Abuse Programs provide life skills training to youth to assist them in developing a healthy lifestyle.

Grant promotes refugee employability

ACC was awarded a grant from the Oakland County Department of Human Services (DHS) Work Force Program to provide employment and training services to newly arrived refugees. The program provides educational and training opportunities through English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, job search/job readiness activities, job placement services and other specialized services to the meet the cultural and language needs of this specific group of clients. The goal of ACC’s PATH Refugee Program is to enhance employability skills and provide the tools necessary to enable self-sufficiency and improve quality of life.

ACC Oakland County
Refugee Partnership, Accountability, Training and Hope (PATH) Program
St. George Outreach Center
2160 E. Maple Road, 2nd Floor
Troy, MI 48083

Tel: (248) 588-1994
Fax: (248) 558-1989


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