Uniting Families

By Hillary       As I make my plans to be with my family for the holidays, I can’t help but think about the many clients that we meet here at Taller de José who have not seen family members for many years. Usually this is due to an array of barriers mainly in…

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New Opportunities

By: Linda We all know that job searching can be tough, but my work with clients at Taller de José has given me a new perspective on finding employment. Recently, I had a client come in who was laid off and wanted to begin to look for jobs by her house. She said she had…

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Giving Sight to the Blind

By Alec Gubics As I begin my work at Taller de José, I have been re-reading a book called the Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything. It is an introduction to the spirituality that the Jesuits, an order of Catholic priests and brothers, have practiced since their founding (I really recommend it!). I recently came across…

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Young Painters

On September 8, 2016, Taller de José celebrated it’s “golden birthday,” celebrating 8 years of the ministry of accompaniment on September 8th. In honor of the occasion, Taller de José unveiled and blessed a new mural completed by the youth of the Imago Dei Program. Imago Dei is a project of St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish…

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Thank you, Taller de José

By Brenda Morales What a wonderful way to end my internship this summer at Taller De Jose; I accompanied Norma to her citizenship exam today. During the interview I could tell Norma* was nervous. She was holding her purse tightly to her chest, so I gently touched her shoulder, smiled warmly and told her to…

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Hope

By Ali McCandless, Jesuit Volunteer But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 As a Jesuit Volunteer, we use the phrase, “ruined for life” to describe our year of…

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Persistence

Marco* originally came to Taller de José because he had received notices from Social Security that he was having difficulty understanding. After reviewing the letters with Marco, a compañero from Taller de José also learned that Marco was entitled to receive pension and retirement benefits from his union, but Marco was unsure how to access…

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“Are you feeling sad today?”

By Hillary Buzaid It was a beautiful Monday morning, and I was going to meet my client Rosa* for an accompaniment to the Mexican Consulate to start the process of getting a consular ID. Rosa completely lost her vision thirteen years ago after complications from a medical procedure stemming from a brain infection. Rosa came…

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