ACCESS Recognized Among Michigan’s Top Workplaces


The Yemeni American News

Dearborn, Mich. – ACCESS, the nation’s largest Arab American community nonprofit, has been named among Michigan’s top workplaces for 2021. 174 workplaces in Michigan, have been recognized by the Detroit Free Press from third-party employee feedback.

“The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization, including alignment, execution and connection, to name a few,” reads a press release provided by ACCESS.

ACCESS is an Arab American community nonprofit with a 50-year history of aid work. Their stated mission is to empower communities in Southeast Michigan to improve their economic, social and cultural well-being through an extensive network of health, education, employment and social services programming.

The news that ACCESS is a top workplace comes as newly appointed president and CEO Maha Freij is named among Crain’s 100 Most Influential Women of 2021. ACCESS as a majority woman-led and woman-run organization makes the organization a “uniquely welcoming workplace for historically underrepresented communities,” reads a press release provided by ACCESS.

“At ACCESS, our goal is to ensure that our approach to serving the community is transformational for every party involved,” Freij said. “It’s about fostering a space where dedicated, passional staff do the work in a way that is purposeful and fulfilling for them as well.

“At the heart of our work culture is a deep commitment to supporting each other as fellow humans, not just co-workers.”

Over the past year, ACCESS has focused on COVID Relief work, providing a number of cleaning supply and food distributions and vaccination opportunities, while still carrying out its regular services.

“ACCESS is recently coming off of over a year of concentrated, community based COVID relief work led by ACCESS’ dedicated leadership team and more than 500 employees who have helped make ACCESS one of Michigan’s first nonprofit organizations to be on the ground leading critical covid response work.”

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