Unanticipated Growth

Written by Alecx They/Them/Theirs When I began my year of service at the end of August, I knew it wouldn’t all be easy and as a Dominican, inspired by Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, I expected “the work to be great and difficult.” In fact, it has been. This year has challenged me in ways I never expected and I’ve faced trials, unlike…

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The Gift of Giving

by Sofia Galan The Gift of Giving I have had the privilege of being placed at Taller de José for my social work field experience this semester. Within these last three months, I have had the opportunity to service the community in more ways than I could have imagined. During the 1st semester of the Master’s…

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Builder’s Day 2022 Reflection

Builder’s Day this year signaled hope in many ways. After having a fully remote event last year, it was exciting to be able to reconnect in-person so many of our supporters and partners; and, we even had guests joining us virtually from across the country and even internationally! I continue to be in awe of…

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Taller de José Is

As we eagerly anticipate our Builder’s Day celebration at the end of this month, I took a moment to consider those builders for which the event is named. If I may, I’d like to propose that this title, “builders”, can extend to more than just the incredible founders of Taller de José. This is because…

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Understanding Accompaniment

As a social work intern specializing in macro practice and development work, I was unsure how I would experience accompaniment in my placement at Taller de José. While most volunteers accompany clients through U.S. systems as a Compañerx, I have worked with the Mission Advancement Coordinator to submit grant proposals to support our mission and…

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Guided by the Community

There is a famous quote by Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz that states “no estudio par saber más, sino para ignorar menos”, which roughly translates to “I do not study to know more, but rather to ignore less.” If someone were to ask me to sum up the past couple of months that I…

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Board Member Spotlight!

Meet a few of our board members!We are so blessed to have such a dynamic and engaged group to help lead Taller de Jose!Anna Sandoval2018 – CurrentWhat motivated you to become part of this specific board?Joining Taller de Jose board gives me the opportunity to give back to my community, and that of the immigrant…

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Associate Board Member Spotlight!

Nicole Quien2020 – CurrentWhat has Taller de Jose taught you?I’ve learned about the great variety of services needed in Little Village and beyond, as well as the role that we can all play in accompaniment. This takes different forms depending on the individual, the situation, and of course takes even different shape during COVID. Also,…

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