A Survivor’s Story

By Maria Post  Laura is a survivor. She survived the dangerous trip to the United States from Mexico, seeking opportunity for her family and freedom from the cartel violence plaguing her home state.  She survived her husband’s abuse and constant belittling of her, and she found the courage to start counseling at an agency serving…

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Seeing the Inner Beauty

By Sr. Sheila O’Brien Often I would drive by a church of another domination on my way to work, and it seemed that the entire front was made of dark glass. But only when I attended a funeral there, did I get to see the incredible resplendent multihued beauty inside of the stained glass windows.…

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Stepping outside my comfort zone

By Esther Uriostegui In addition to its primarily mission of connecting individuals to resources via accompaniment, Taller de José also serves as a welcoming community to university students like me to have a multicultural and interfaith experience. As a student from Dominican University majoring in Business and Theology, I was introduced to a special opportunity that…

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Calor Humano

Por Kimberly Lopez, MSW Intern Taller de José es un lugar que a pesar de que tiene como meta servir principalmente a la comunidad también sirve a estudiantes como yo brindando oportunidades para prepararnos profesionalmente. Al comienzo, mi experiencia como estudiante para ser trabajadora social, ofreciendo mis servicios  en el taller de José, me causó…

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Welcoming the Stranger

By Roberto Martinez, Amate House Volunteer Roberto shared this reflection as part of the Amate House Little Village’s “Las Posadas” evening of advent reflections.  It is inconvenient to welcome the stranger. Surely Mary struggled upon the first annunciation by the angel Gabriel. I relate to this because as part of my job at Taller de…

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Sacred Complexities

By Ali McCandless, Jesuit Volunteer I have to admit, I’ve never been good with transitions… Although I was secure in the fact that I would be moving over 2000 miles from Southern California (where the weather doesn’t waver much) to Chicago (where the weather is unpredictable hourly), it didn’t become real until I started my…

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