I am thrilled to announce the launching of our new website www.ACChouston.org. I invite you to check it out and give us your feedback. As always, we would like to encourage our community to reach out to us with their own ideas for community service programs, activities for health and fitness, cultural experiences, and everything in between.
The Arab-American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in Houston, Texas. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that elects an Executive Committee and a President to run the day to day business and supervise the office coordinator and the Center’s volunteers. Since its inception in 1995, the ACC has been committed to fulfilling its mission of serving the Arab American community through cultural programs, outreach and social services; promoting Arab culture and heritage and fostering a greater understanding of Arab Culture amongst the Houston community at large by serving as a liaison and resource center.
Our goal is to become the first choice for social and cultural activities of the Arab-American community in Houston regardless of religion, nationality, ethnicity, gender or financial status. We strive to express the Arab communities’ aspirations in the United States and the Arab World especially during these historic times that witnessed the beginning of what Western analysts describe as the Arab Spring. Protests and uprisings have erupted in several Arab countries in which the people took to the streets requesting freedom, democratic and constitutional reforms. To achieve this goal, we have sponsored several cultural, social and educational events such as the Tunisian, Egyptian, and Libyan celebrations, the Cultural Night, the Ramadan Iftars, the community picnic and the Grand Opera performance, Pieces of 9/11 Memories. We have organized programs and services such legal referrals, career counseling, refugee services, Arabic School for children and adults, summer camp for refugee kids and the health and safety Fair.
Since we strongly believe that the center can only thrive when the community sees it as its own and uses it as such, we have made major improvements and renovations to our Center beginning with the office, the lobbies, the main ballroom, the classrooms and outdoor landscaping. Our next project is to upgrade our playground, soccer fields, basketball court and add a volley ball field. We are also improving our services and programs. In addition to our new and improved Arabic classes, we will now be offering several exciting programs like an after school program for refugee kids, French classes, dabka classes and soccer.
We had a very successful 6th Friendship and Unity Gala. Every year, the ACC hosts an annual gala, in which we highlight the contributions and achievements of Arab Americans and honor individuals and institutions that contributed generously to support our mission and our community. The Annual gala is our main fundraising event that enables the ACC to s to fulfill its mission. This year our honorees were Monzer Hourani, P.E., for his lifetime achievement, and Hatem Saqr, MPH, Ph.D., for his outstanding community service.
Our keynote speaker was Ayman Mohyeldin, a reporter with NBC. He is a bright star of this new Arab generation. Ayman Mohyeldin’s widely praised coverage of the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt earned him a spot on TIME Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people. Americans of every ethnic background, hungry for smart and informed coverage of the revolutions, flocked to Al Jazeera English’s website to hear Ayman’s first-hand reports and insights.
We would like to thank our sponsor and the Arab Community for their generosity and their continuance support of our efforts to better serve our community.
The Arab-American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in Houston, Texas. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that elects an executive committee and a president to run the day to day business and supervise the office coordinator and the Center’s teachers and volunteers.
Since its inception in 1995, the ACC has been committed to fulfilling its mission of serving the Arab American community in Houston regardless of religion, nationality, ethnicity, gender or financial status. Our goal is to serve the community through cultural programs, outreach and social services; promote Arab culture and heritage and foster a greater understanding of Arab Culture amongst the Houston community at large by serving as a liaison and resource center. ACC aims to contribute to the integration of Arabs as Americans, to provide a forum for cultural, educational and recreational interaction, and opportunities for association and social contact. ACC provides a positive vision through sponsored programs, outreach and social services, especially for children as a main unifying element of the community.
ACC Functions and Programs
Arabic Language Classes for both adults and children every Saturday from 10AM to 2PM starting in September and ending in May. This year, we will be offering extra-curricular activities such as dabkah and soccer and elective classes such as French or Spanish. The monthly Fees are:
*ACC members: First child $80; second child $65; Adults $90.
*ACC non-members: First child $95; second child $80; Adults $100.
Summer Camp for all children of the Houston Community starting in mid-June and ending in mid-August. The Camp will be held every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM. The program will include Arabic Language classes, Arts & Crafts: Make your own Accessories, Outdoor Activities, and other extra-curricular activities. This year we sponsored a summer camp for 15 refugee kids in collaboration with Samurai, Martial Arts school.
The ACC is planning an after school program for refugee kids in collaboration with another non-profit organization. We want to help refugee students excel at school.
Scholarship Program that is designated to increase opportunities in all fields of study. The scholarship will be awarded to cover educational expenses on a per semester basis. The recipient may use the scholarship toward an Associate or Bachelor’s degree.
Career Counseling including networking workshops and job placement assistance especially for refugees. This year we hosted an LDS Employment Career Workshop for Iraqi refugees.
Social Services: provides one-on-one assistance to refugees, new immigrants and to all families in need. Services would include case management, translation services, interpretation, access to public benefit, information and agencies referral, transportation and clothes donation.
Ladies Luncheons or Dinner Potluck. Ladies from our community as well as other communities come together and share different ideas, tradition, food and have lots of fun.
Annual Health and Safety Fair in coordination with Houston Police and Houston Fire Department. The fair provides a free health scanning for cholesterol, blood pressure, heart, dental, vision, and gives flu shots.
Cultural and Educational Events including cultural exhibitions, poetry and art events, book-signing events for Arab writers and intellectuals. This year we co-sponsored a gala with the Ramallah Club to support the Palestinian Youth Cultural Tour. We also coordinated a moving performance of the Houston Grand Opera to commemorate the 10thanniversary of tragic events of September 11.
Social Events including family picnics, Iftar events during Ramadan, Egg hunt during Easter and events to remember to commemorate the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions and an event to remember and honor the sacrifices of the Lybian people.
Service Day organized by our Americorps volunteers. This year we partnered with NAAP and Al-Amaanah and were able to help about 40 children by providing free dental screenings and presentaions about oral hygiene and healthy eating habits. A Karate instructor taught them some self-defense and karate moves.