You Gotta Be

by Anthony Aguinaldo he, him, his As someone who began working as a hospital chaplain in the middle of a global pandemic, I thought I could do anything. I had been present with people during some very difficult times and sat with loved ones as they dealt with grief and loss. Because I’d been interning…

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Interconnected

by Mary LaVigne Where to begin. That seems to be ringing through my head as I try to find the words to express all that this past year has been. Serving at Taller de José has been a gift and a privilege. I had heard the word accompaniment before starting at Taller de Jose, but I didn’t really understand the depth of…

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Giving Thanks

Author – Sofia Galan Thank you Taller! I am extremely grateful to Taller de José for providing me with the best internship experience and introduction to the field of social work. Through Taller I have had the opportunity to service the community, empower, advocate and make a difference in the lives of my clients every day.…

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Reflections on Mother’s Day Month

By Julia Sykes (she/her/hers)  While performing my usual routine upon arrival to office of checking messages the other day, I was heartened by the kindest Mother’s Day message from one of my clients – she prefaced by saying she was not sure whether I was a mother or not, but that she hoped I had a beautiful and…

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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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Living in the Moment

by Carolina Delgadillo I have been at Taller de José for several months already and I am enjoying every moment. I love the chance to be able to provide guidance to my clients. Taller has showed me all the wonders it is to take on this mission of accompaniment. I have dealt with many wonderful…

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Joy in the Waiting

by Mary LaVigne Since I began my time at Taller de José in August 2020, I have found myself “waiting” a lot. Waiting to go into the office for the first time, to meet co-workers, to meet clients. I have also been waiting to hear back on different client cases as hold times and responses are often…

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Setting Intentions for Connection in 2021

By Julia Sykes  In October, one of my first tasks with Taller de José involved going through a list of clients who had received assistance from Compañerx(s) through the process of citizenship over the last few years. I was tasked to call and ask if they knew where they would be voting in the upcoming election. Though apprehensive to begin my internship with cold calls, I was quickly comforted by…

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