“Queremos Cuidar a Nuestro Hijo”

“We want to care for our son,”  shared Felipe Gonzalez when explaining to the compañera at Taller de José why he and his wife were seeking legal guardianship for their son with Down Syndrome. Like many of Taller de José’s clients the Gonazlez family came for assistance in providing a healthy, stable enivornment for their children. One…

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13.1 Reasons Why We Run

To celebrate and honor the journeys that our compañeras and clients make together, a team of ten runners accompanied one another to the finish line of a half marathon on April 26 of this year. As they faced the challenges of running 13.1 miles, they remembered the challenges our clients face—language barriers, fear and discrimination, immigration…

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A Story of Joy and Celebration

“Who was the first President of the United States?” “What Ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?” “How many U.S. Senators are there?” Most of the office could hear these questions echoing down the hall (in Spanish) as one of the compañeras helped a client prepare for his United States Citizenship exam…

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Accompaniment in Action

It was a typical day working as a compañera with Taller de José; however, instead of going into the office to accompany a particular client, I went to 101 W Congress Parkway to stand with mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, friends and community members who have been deeply affected by our current immigration policies.  …

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Accompaniment en Conjunto

Before the start of this Lenten season, I had the opportunity to share the mission of Taller de José with my neighborhood of South Chicago.  Together with another staff member, I went to Immaculate Conception Grade School and presented a project of accompaniment to its students.  The project was to invite these students to accompany…

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You Can Do It

  The temperature was below 0 degrees that day in Chicago when Marisela and her compañera were to go to the Police Station on 35th and Michigan to search for her police records of the domestic abuse she had experienced over the years; but rain or shine, snow or freezing temperatures, Taller de José continues…

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Making Her Voice Heard

Isabel came to Taller de José fighting on behalf of her child.  Her young son, Ramiro, was experiencing daily bullying in his CPS elementary school with little recourse or support offered by the administration. Isabel came to Taller de José seeming doubtful, overwhelmed and a little afraid to pursue justice for her son. Nonetheless, she…

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Journeying with Dignity

Paul’s story of accompaniment began on a cold winter day outside the homeless shelter where he was staying. Paul was a Polish immigrant who had been detained by U.S. immigration offices and put into deportation proceedings. Sometimes immigrants are detained during these proceedings– which can take months– but in Paul’s case, he was put into…

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Welcoming the Stranger

This Advent season, we are reminded to “receive the stranger,” to welcome “the other” into our hearts and homes. As a part of her community’s Advent reflection Posada,  Amate House Volunteer Carla León shared these thoughts about her work at Taller de José: At Taller de José, most of our clients are marginalized members of society— the…

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