ACCESS is dedicated to
empowering and enabling individuals, families, and communities to lead
informed, productive, culturally sensitive and fulfilling lives.
ACCESS has been serving the community for more than 40 years.
Started by a group of volunteers in 1971 out of a storefront in Dearborn’s
impoverished south end, ACCESS was created to assist the Arab immigrant
population adapt to life in the United States.
Today, ACCESS is the largest Arab American human services
nonprofit in the United States. With eight locations and more than 100 programs
serving metro Detroit, ACCESS offers a wide range of services to a diverse
ACCESS continues to honor its Arab American heritage while
serving as a nonprofit model of excellence – an organization dedicated to
community-building, focused on service to those in need, an advocate for
cultural and social entrepreneurship, and the values of community service, health,
education and philanthropy.
Through initiatives like the Arab
American National Museum (AANM), the National
Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC), and the Center for Arab American Philanthropy,
ACCESS serves all Americans.
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community. We are able to assist, improve and empower our community
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Mission & Vision
Our vision for ACCESS is to be an organization of people who are dedicated
to empowering and enabling individuals, families, and communities to lead
informed, productive, culturally sensitive, and fulfilling lives.
We see ACCESS as a vibrant organization that honors its Arab American
heritage while serving as a nonprofit model of excellence as a social
service agency. We see ACCESS as an organization dedicated to the support of
community building, actively focused on service to those in need within the
broader community, to newly arrived immigrants, and as a strong advocate
for cultural and social entrepreneurship, as well as the values of community
service, healthy lifestyles, education, and philanthropy.
ACCESS is a nonprofit agency committed to advocating
for and empowering individuals, families, and communities. ACCESS provides a
wide range of health and human services, employment services, youth programs,
educational and cultural programs and civic engagement, advocacy, and social
ACCESS will provide a wide
range of health and human services, employment services, youth programs,
educational and cultural programs and civic engagement, advocacy, and social
Youth & Education: By fostering our youth to grow and become leaders, we are
paving the way for a brighter future for tomorrow. Youth & Education
has something to offer both the youth and their families from after school
tutoring and summer academies to ESL classes and parenting education.
Social Services: Whether it’s helping immigrants adjust to life here in the
U.S., or helping life long citizens living stable lives, Social Services is the
bread and butter of ACCESS. From emergency services to advocacy work, our
comprehensive network of services is designed to enhance individual and family
Training: At ACCESS’ OneStopEmployment &
TrainingCenter we link the right people with the right jobs. Our goal is
to promote self-sufficiency and to assist people in achieving their fullest
potential through our work training programs.
Arab AmericanNational Museum: Open
since 2005, the AANM is the first and only museum in the world devoted to Arab
American history and culture. The AANM helps to preserve these rich cultures of
Arab Americans through educational workshops and cultural exhibits.
National Outreach: Home of National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a
network of 22 nationwide independent Arab American social service
organizations, the National Outreach Department continues to build a network of
volunteers that serve and advocate for the Arab American community.
The Center for
Arab-American Philanthropy (CAAP): promotes, facilitates and celebrates
Arab-American giving through education, training and donor outreach and
services. CAAP is the only program in the country harnessing the
collective power of Arab-American giving and knowledge to strengthen the voice
of our community in American civil society.
Community Health & Research Center: Offering a wide array of programs
from breast cancer screening and child health care, to victims of crime and
refugee health assessment, the CommunityHealth & ResearchCenter offers over 45 programs.
ACCESS believes it is important to provide services in medical health and
research, mental, family counseling services and environment programs to
promote overall health.
Hassan Jaber is Executive
Director of ACCESS. Previously,
he served as Chief Operating Officer of ACCESS.
his tenure, Jaber has helped transform ACCESS from a storefront organization
into the largest Arab American organization in the country. He has been
responsible for developing various social and legal programs, and administering
the organization’s immigration and advocacy services. He is a major proponent
for the advancement of ACCESS’ development in the departments of mental and
community health, employment services and job training, and his avid support
for ushering in the next generation has helped to expand ACCESS’ youth and
education services. Jaber’s commitment and dedication has grown ACCESS into an
organization that now provides more than 100 different economic and social
roles at ACCESS vary from community and government relations, strategic
planning and analysis, fundraising and developing and implementation of
personnel policies. He now manages an operating budget of more than $17
in Lebanon in
1956, Jaber immigrated to the United States in 1977. He earned a Bachelor of Arts
degree in economics in 1987 and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) in
1993, both from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. He is fluent in Arabic and English.
board memberships and affiliations include: the Henry Ford Hospital and Health
Network Board of Trustees; Arab American Institute, National Leadership Board;
the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, which he co-founded in 1992; State of
Michigan Commissioner, Quality Community Care Council; US-Arab Economic Forum,
Steering Committee; University of Michigan Dearborn, Citizens Advisory
Committee; New Detroit The Coalition, Board of Directors, Cultural Exchange
Network Chair & Immigration Task Force Group Chair; 2008 Independent Sector
Annual Conference Program Committee Member; 2009 Independent Sector Annual
Conference Program Committee Member; 2009 Independent Sector Host Committee;
Participating Member of the US-Belgium Cultural Crossing Project; and Ford Foundation,
Innovation Workshop on Engaging Unheard Voices in Foreign Policy Steering
Jaber is frequently interviewed by local and national
media, including National Public Radio, the BBC, Newsweek, CNN, Fox 2 News, The
Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press, and acts as a consultant on the Arab
lecturer and teacher, Jaber has taught Arabic language and culture at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. In
addition, he has lectured at various venues on topics including: “Factors of
the Arab American Community in the Detroit Area”, “The Demographic Profile of
Detroit’s Arab American Community”, “The Social and Economic Needs of Arab
Americans in Detroit”, “Media and the Stereotyping of Arab Americans”, and
“Conflicts in the Middle East.”
Maha Freij is Deputy Executive Director & Chief
Financial Officer of ACCESS.
A graduate of the Hebrew University with a bachelor’s in accounting and
economics, Freij was the first Arab/Palestinian woman to earn a CPA license in
Israel in 1989 - the same year she immigrated to the United States.
As ACCESS CFO, Freij oversees a budget of more than $17 million from more
than 100 funding sources. Thanks to her visionary leadership, ACCESS has
successfully raised more than $30 million in the last decade for endowment
building and brick-and-mortar projects, including the first-ever Arab American
National Museum in the U.S.
Freij’s greatest contribution at ACCESS has been the creation of a larger
vision for philanthropy, both within ACCESS and the Arab American community.
During her tenure and especially in the last 10 years, Freij has spearheaded
the institutionalization of a sophisticated development strategy at ACCESS. She
has assembled a strong team of staff and volunteers who continue to grow and expand
ACCESS’ fundraising capacity, to support its more than 100 programs.
Freij is a national leader who helps introduce and broaden strategic
philanthropic practices in the community through the Center for Arab American
Philanthropy. As a founder of CAAP she is instrumental in the vision of the
only national Arab American philanthropy program in the country, strengthening
Arab American giving by establishing charitable legacies through education,
grantmaking and endowment building.
Freij’s board memberships and affiliations include Mosaic Youth Theatre;
ACLU-Michigan; and United Palestinian Appeal.
Awards include: American Task Force for Palestine, Distinguished Service
in Philanthropy Award, 2011; Arab American Association of New York, Community
Service Award, 2010; Arab American Heritage Council, Community Leader
of the Year Award, 2010; Alternatives for Girls, Role Model Award,
2005; Crain's Detroit Business, Best Managed Non-Profit Organization,
2000; New Detroit, Inc., Richard Fisher Fiscal Integrity Award, 1996.