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.
Wafa Abdin, Esq.