Waiting

Acela was a friendly older woman referred to us by Esperanza Health Clinic, a local clinic in Little Village that provides quality bilingual, bicultural medical services to the community.  When she arrived at Taller de Jose, she already knew where to go.  “Cook County,” she said, “Last time they wouldn’t see me.”  It was my…

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A Beacon of Light

This Thanksgiving, I have been thinking about how grateful I am for the relationships I’ve formed with clients and all that they’ve taught me. One such client is Juana, who came to Taller de José looking for help as she applied for U-VISA immigration status, a special visa available to those who have been victims…

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An Accompaniment to the Polls

On Tuesday, I was scheduled to assist a client with voting. The client has visual impairments that prevent her from seeing detail, and thus would be unable to read the ballot. The client had called and confirmed with the election board that she could bring someone to assist her, and as I found out on…

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How Can I Help?

When a new client comes in to Taller de Jose for an initial intake, I first meet him or her in the waiting room. If there are multiple people in the waiting room, there is this brief moment of panic in which I frantically look around thinking, “Ok, now who exactly is my client?”. But…

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Collaborating for our Clients

Yolanda is a shy young woman who came to Taller de José last week. She was referred by Mujeres Latinas en Acción, a local agency that serves victims of domestic violence and seeks to empower women in the community. Yolanda is soft spoken but self-assured. She credits Mujeres Latinas for helping her develop this self-assurance…

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Walking Together

As I near the completion of my first month volunteering at Taller de José, it is amazing to think of how many diverse cases I have faced with clients in such a short amount of time. This past month has shown me how the ministry of accompaniment impacts our clients and the way that we…

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A Journey of Healing

On days when he does not have dialysis, Raul often stops by to see his compañera. He always greets us with a warm handshake and asks if his companera is around before slowly making his way up the stairs.  A year ago, he was concerned that he would not be able to get treatment for…

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A Night Out

On June 24th, Taller de José partnered with Catholic Charities and A Night Out to provide a night of fun to women who have suffered from domestic violence. Taller de José often works with domestic violence victims who continue to carry heavy burdens in their lives. A Night Out provides these women with a brief…

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Meet Mariela and Gabriel

In some cases, clients come to Taller for a single visit, receive the support and referrals they need, and do not need to return.  In other cases, Taller has longstanding relationships with clients that last for years.  Mariela and Gabriel are two of those clients, and their stories are indicative of the courage and strength…

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“Now my blood is flowing freely”

Like many of Taller de José’s clients, Fortino was referred in April 2013 by his parish priest; when an individual turns to their church for assistance, they are often referred to Taller de José if their needs are outside the bounds of what the parish can provide. In Forino’s case, he was facing criminal charges…

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