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Record number of scholarships awarded

ACC provided a record 25 scholarships to local high school students at their recent 11th Annual Golf Outing & Scholarship Awards Dinner at Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield. The funds raised at the event, through sponsorships, contributions and a silent auction, benefited the organization’s Scholarship Awards, as well as Youth Programs. Two hundred and fifty 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 five more scholarships than we have in the past several years.”

State Representative Klint Kesto, one of the event’s three chairs, presented the awards, along with a special tribute from his office to each student. Scholarship recipients were: Noor Shammout, Dearborn Heights, Crestwood High School; Asa Hattar, Livonia, Franklin High School; Rima Esho, Troy, International Academy East; Brenda Istifou, Madison Heights, Madison Heights High School; Shahlaa Kamil, Madison Heights, Lamphere High School; Yousif Maizy, Madison Heights, Royal Oak High School; Samia Alkatie, Westland, John Glenn High School; Daad Bibi, Bloomfield Hills, Lahser High School; Simone Alhagri, Hamtramck, Hamtramck High School; Zied Shammout, Dearborn Heights, Crestwood High School; Frank Shaya, Troy, Brother Rice High School; Abrahim Elsayed, Dearborn Heights, Crestwood High School; Hassan Alghoussaini, Rochester Hills, Rochester Adams High School; Ilando Tomika, Madison Heights, Madison Heights High School; Rody Batnawe, Sterling Heights, Warren Mott High School; Andrew Kizy, Oak Park, Ferndale High School; Kamalaldin Kamalaldin, Wixom, South Lyon East High School; Andrew Sokana, Sterling Heights, Sterling Heights High School; Amanda Issa, Madison Heights, Madison Heights High School; Amanda Zaghmout, Sterling Heights, Warren Mott High School; Michelle Azar, Sterling Heights, Adlai E. Stevenson High School; Anthony Kizy, Oak Park, Ferndale High School; Loran Zamel, Oak Park, Oak Park High School; Michael Ghanayem, Livonia, Franklin High School and Manal Makki, Dearborn Heights, Star International Academy.

Golf Tournament awards were also distributed to the men and women who were Closest to the Pin and had the Longest Drive. The overall Course Winners were: Freman Hendrix, Steven Hendrix, Ricardo Jackson and Michael Turner.

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

Thank you note from ACC 2013 Scholarship Recipients

I am writing this letter to express my appreciation, acceptance and thanks for your generous $1000 ACC Scholarship. I was extremely happy and grateful to learn that I was awarded this scholarship. It has brought on ease to my family and myself as the first child to enter college.

I am very excited to attend Michigan State University; I look forward to double majoring in Business and Law. I am looking forward to the challenge of perusing both majors and have come to terms with the amount of handwork and dedication I need to put into my education in order to succeed. Having done four IB HL classes and balancing a job at the Cranbrook Institute of Science I feel confident in my ability to dedicate my time to school and a job successfully. Thanks to you and the scholarship I have more confidence in myself and will use this as an opportunity to work harder and reach my goal and not have to worry about more college loans.

By allowing me the ACC Scholarship you have lifted off the weights and final burden off my back, which allows me to focus more on my education and future. This opportunity has inspired me to succeed in my career and be able to provide future students in my situation the same opportunity. Thank you again, and if you are ever in Bloomfield Hills please stop by the Cranbrook Institute of Science, I would love the opportunity to thank you in person. Todays dinner was beyond entertaining thank you for the opportunity to meet new people.

Thank You Sponsors!

11th Annual Golf Outing & Scholarship Awards Dinner – June 4, 2013

Thank you for your kind support of the Arab American and Chaldean Council’s (ACC) 11th 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

Cart Sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Foxwoods Resort Casino

Prize Sponsors: Altria Client Services Inc, Great Lakes Baking Company

Birdie Sponsors: Frito-Lay, MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino Hotel, St. John Providence Health System and Wolverine Packing Co.

Scholarship Sponsors: Abe Munfakh, AFPD, Atlas Oil, Central Intelligence Agency, Coca-Cola Refreshments, D & B Grocers, David Alnajjar, M.D., DTE Energy, Haifa Fakhouri, Ph.D., Louie Boji, Michgan Business & Professionals Association, Moroun Family Foundation, U.S. Ice and Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett

Range/Green Sponsors: Charity Motors, BELFOR and Hiller’s Markets

Foursome Sponsors: Caesars Windsor, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Comerica Bank, Coventry Cares of Michigan, Dodak Johnson, DTE Energy, Greektown Casino, Johnson Acho, Lotus Bank, Mark Karmo, NWS-Michigan, Penrose Village II, Pepsi Beverage Co., United Wholesale Grocery and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office

Hole Sponsors: AF Jonna Development, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Intraco Corporation LaFontaine Automotive Group, Maner Costerisan and Senator Randy Richardville

Gifts and Contributions: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Big Apple Bagels, Beverly Hills Grill, Bill Bullard, Brogan & Partners, Central Intelligence Agency, Clyde Pritchard, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Comcast, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Ctr., Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Tigers Foundation, Detroit Zoo, DTE Energy, Elite Internal Medicine, Emagine Entertainment, Faygo Beverages Inc., Fleming’s Steakhouse, Garden Fresh, Heeren Bros., The Henry Ford Huntington Bank, Leader Business, Les Stanford Chevrolet Cadillac, Mantese Honigman Rossman & Williamson, Marc Shaye Attorney at Law, Marx Layne & Company, McKenna Associates, MGM Grand Detroit, Michigan Science Center, Michigan Sports & Spine Center, Midwest Health Plan, Neiman Marcus, OpTech, ORIGINS, P.F Changs, Phoenicia Restaurant, PRP Wine International, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Sahara Restaurant, Saks Fifth Avenue, SaveOnEverything.com, Shenandoah County Club, Skyline Club, Spartan Stores, Tavern Grill, TCBY, Tubby’s Grilled Submarines, Transitional Consulting Services, Inc., U.S. Army, U.S. Ice, Vintage Village Fine Wine and Vintage Wine Shoppe

5th Annual Back to Work Job Fair

The Arab American and Chaldean Council’s (ACC) Partnership, Accountability, Training, and Hope (PATH) Program, in partnership with Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA), will host its 5th Annual Back to Work Job Fair on Wednesday, May 22nd from 10:00am to 1:00pm at ACC’s Hamtramck office, located at 9019 Jos Campau, Hamtramck, MI 48212. ACC’s employment programs strive to build bridges between businesses and the workforce.

Major participating companies include: Detroit Medical Center, CVS/Pharmacy, RiteAid, Charter One, Quest Inc., Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers, PNC Bank, Midwest Management Group, LGC Staffing, U.S. Army, Detroit Police, Rent-A-Center, Kelly Services, Auto Zone, Shore Mortgage, McDonalds, Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology, Hanley-Harper Group and many more!

For additional information, contact Khalil Othman at 313-875-4685 or khalilo@myacc.org

ACC partners with Meijer to provide jobs

Several months ago, the Arab American & Chaldean Council’s (ACC) Partnership, Accountability, Training, and Hope (PATH) Program met with the Meijer’s Corporation for the purpose of creating a mutually beneficial working relationship. Our partnership was solidified in a meeting on March 22nd, when Meijer’s asked ACC to be part of their hiring process. They would hire people from our PATH program, and other members of the Arab American & Chaldean Community. In turn, our management team would conduct the first phase of the hire process, the pre screening interviews.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 14th and May 15th, ACC in partnership with the Meijer’s Store Corporation, held a massive hiring event. The management of ACC had already conducted pre screening interviews of clients who were interested in working with Meijer’s. These clients were interviewed to fill a variety of positions, such as Cashiers, Merchandising Clerks, Shipping and Receiving Clerks, just to name a few.

During this massive hiring event, fifty five (55) Meijer’s Managers, including Store Directors, conducted second and third job interviews. This resulted in immediate job offers, opportunities for ACC PATH clients as well as members from within the community. Over 80 clients were told they will be hired provided they successfully pass background checks, etc. Of these 80 people, at least 50 or more are ACC Detroit PATH participants, and others are from our Hamtramck and Sterling Heights offices.

This positive initiative came as a result of high level meeting between ACC Employment & Training Department and Meijer’s management.

ACC would like to recognize the tireless efforts and commitment of Mr. Leo Carr, ACC Case Manager. Mr. Carr readily assumed his role as a true and sincere leader during his initial contact, negotiation and organizing of this mutually beneficial event.

ACC partners with Oak Park Schools to teach students about career choices

Oak Park Preparatory Academy (OPPA)
OPPS’s ESL (English as a Second Language) students got a “pep talk” about the future. Mrs. Hana Bahoora’s 5th hour class participated in a learning workshop focused on Career Preparation that included guest speaker, Lara Elia from the Arab-Chaldean Council. Lara serves as the coordinator for ACC’s Oakland County Substance Abuse Prevention Program.

Students had an opportunity to discuss the speaker’s experiences associated with arriving to the United States from another country and how she worked hard to earn a fulfilling and rewarding career. Students also learned about how to research careers based on their interest and skills and the importance of doing well in all of their classes.

Einstein Elementary School
Shaneen Sabra, Prevention Director for ACC Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, and Fred Batayeh, Coordinator for ACC’s Detroit Substance Abuse Prevention Program, participated in Career Day at Einstein Elementary in Oak Park.

Einstein is one of ACC’s partnering schools for its Life Skills Program. Grades 5-8th visited ACC’s table to inquire about their careers, the education and experience needed, and what it’s like teaching Prevention. Students received handouts, resources on substance abuse prevention and goodies. Prizes were given to youth for answering quiz questions on the dangers and very serious consequences of substance use and abuse.

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.