Washington, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI-09) and Congressman John Moolenaar (R-MI-04) late yesterday introduced H.R. 2537, or the Deferred Removal for Iraqi Nationals Including Minorities Act, which will provide relief to Iraqi nationals who have orders of removal.Read More
Whether you are newly diagnosed or a long time patient with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis), you most likely have or will have questions about your diet. Many of my clients that I have worked with over the years have told me that they have heard that they should eat whatever they like and to not restrict any specific foods, because diet has no effect on the disease.Read More
Heart failure is a chronic and progressive condition. Heart failure happens when the heart is unable to pump enough blood and oxygen in your body to meet the needs of the other organs. The inability to pump properly means the blood flow from your heart slows down leading to fluid back up causing one to develop swelling of the feet, otherwise known as leg edema. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, an estimated 5.7 million Americans are living with heart failure (HF). Half of those who develop the disease will die within five years of diagnosis.Read More
Hypertension affects 85 million individuals, and 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure in the United States. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries which carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body. In the United States, Hypertension is considered to be the most common primary diagnosis and reason for office visits. In addition, the prevalence is high, nationally and worldwide. In this article, we will identify Hypertension, briefly discuss causes, types, complications, and treatments.Read More
Spring is here and summer is on its way. Wherever you may reside, counties and communities have activities that get the family moving and having fun. Below are a few things going on in Michigan. You can always find out about more activities by a simple internet search of your hometown and surrounding areas.Read More
On March 24, Peter’s Angels hosted an event central to educating members of the community about addiction and the various resources available to them. Speakers at this event included Summer Elise Eager, a certified alcohol and drug counselor, and Dr. Joseph Amir George, an addiction specialist. In addition, former drug addicts provided a different perspective as they discussed their past and present experiences in dealing with addiction.Read More
Many people call them the walking wounded. They are post-abortive women and men who have not healed from the pain and sorrow. Today, there are many ministries that support people after an abortion including Rachel’s Vineyard; born from that ministry is a monthly retreat now being held Our Lady of the Fields Camp and Retreat Center in Brighton.Read More
Concerns about what will happen when you are sick or injured is about as universal as it gets. For Chaldean refugees who fled their homes and found themselves in a strange land with unfamiliar language and customs, it can quickly seem terrifying and insurmountable.Read More
Dr. William Kesto grew up in Metro Detroit – in West Bloomfield, more specifically, and is proud to call the area home. He knew that he wanted to be a physician since he was a teenager in high school. “My interest in the career path progressed throughout college. I always knew I loved the sciences and wanted to help people,” he explained.Read More
U.S. Representative Andy Levin, Brenda Lawrence, and Rashida Tlaib convened at the Chaldean Community Foundation on Saturday, April 6 for a press conference led by Levin regarding the fate of hundreds of Iraqi nationals as the fear of deportation continues to loom.
The press conference was held in light of a recent decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that once again places members of the community in danger of being deported. Going into effect on Tuesday, April 9, the decision from the Sixth Circuit Court gave Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) the go ahead needed to deport Iraqi nationals with final orders of removal.Read More
Almost as if it were a right of passage for students from the Chaldean Community Foundation’s (CCF) citizenship class, the bus ride to the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing was one filled with excitement and anticipation. On Thursday, April 11, a group of about 30 students took the opportunity to see the state’s Capitol as a part of Chaldean Legislative Day.Read More
In the spring and summer of 2017 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rounded up 114 Detroit-area Iraqi nationals and detained them to await deportation. All came to the United States legally as green card holders. All committed crimes and completed their jail sentences or probationary periods. All received final orders of deportation from an immigration court and remained in the United States in a sort of limbo. They do not have green cards granting permanent resident status, but remain here under protection because sending them back to a violently unstable and politically volatile Iraq would endanger their lives.Read More
Legal help with immigration issues has been a longstanding need within the Chaldean community, and the Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF) has long provided legal help on immigration issues to those who need it. Family Law and Landlord Tenant Law are emerging as needed services within the community and CCF is rising to the occasion.Read More
Ella Loussia laughed when she said she can be "too competitive."
"I remember when I was in fifth grade, our religion class had to find Bible verses and the winning student got a sticker," she said. "I wanted that sticker. I needed to win."
That kind of competitive drive is one reason why Loussia, now a senior at Farmington Hills Mercy High School, will be playing Division I volleyball in college.Read More
When Shamasha (Sub-Deacon) Khairy Foumia was a young boy, he and his friends and relatives used to keep kelacha (cookies) in their pockets on Easter Sunday morning so that as soon as Easter Mass finished and they ran outside, they would grab the cookies and eat them. “We couldn’t wait to eat the kelacha,” he said.Read More
“I have gotten the chance to really make changes in lives and I have never done anything where I feel like I am really doing something,” said Daniella Benitez, 14. “Getting to make long lasting relationships and see lives change are things I will always hold on to.”Read More
First came medical marijuana licenses, and people were quickly desensitized to the idea of marijuana and the stigma that it once had. In a Mom to Mom show hosted by Lisa Denha brought by the Eastern Catholic Re-evangelization Center (ECRC) and shown live on the Chaldean Moms of Metro Detroit Facebook page, two experts share their thoughts on the legalization of recreational marijuana, and what it really means.Read More
There is no shortage of creative spirit within the community. This is the case for Berta Rihan who began making custom rosaries when she was 16 years old. Started as a hobby, her passion grew into a way for her to help her church’s youth group.Read More
Here is a question for men in the community: Are you your brother’s keeper? If you ask those who started and participate in a men’s group, they would answer with resounding, “yes, I am.”
It was the question Jeff Kassab asked of himself when he and friend Bashar Kirma were chatting about men in the Chaldean community. “We struck up a conversation about men who seem so lost and need guidance,” said Jeff. “We started talking about prayer and what it means to be a man of faith. From that conversation, we decided to start a men’s group and we called it Genesis 4:9 because we truly believe we are our brother’s keeper.”Read More