A Need for Progress

By Nico According to the Latino Policy Forum, coronavirus tests taken by Latinos have come up positive nearly 46% of the time. This figure is stunning. To consider that the odds offered by a coin flip can capture a client’s odds of contracting this virus threatens despair. This virus burns furiously, feasting on communities left…

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Serving Our Dear Neighbor

By Joan Stopka Wednesday, March 11, 2020 was a relatively busy day for me. I had spent the majority of it at Rush University Hospital with one of my clients while she went through some testing. The coronavirus was becoming part of everyone’s vernacular at this stage but something in the news caught my ear…

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Recursos para el COVID-19

Última actualización: 15 Abril 2020 Guía de recursos de Latinos Progresando Guía de recursos del ICIRR para inmigrantes en Illinois Página de recursos del Foro Latino de Políticas Página de recursos de los centros de salud Esperanza Página de recursos de la ciudad de Chicago Illinois tiene una linea de asistencia para el coronavirus disponible…

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Hope Still Exists

By Brenda Rodriguez At times like these, the memory of certain clients can fill my mind and re-kindle my heart. One client on my mind in heart right now is Rigo. Rigo, who is now 72 years old, arrived in the United States approximately 45 years ago and has lived here ever since. He came…

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Recursos para el COVID-19 / COVID-19 Resources

Last updated: 4/15/20 Guía de recursos de Latinos Progresando/Latinos Progresando Resource Guide Guía de recursos del ICIRR para inmigrantes en Illinois/ICIRR Resource Guide for Immigrants in Illinois Página de recursos del Foro Latino de Políticas/Latino Policy Forum Resource Page Página de recursos de los centros de salud Esperanza/Esperanza Health Centers Resource Page Página de recursos…

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Accompaniment: The Sum of Its Parts

By Eli Beller The journey is the destination.  The end game not necessarily as vital or meaningful as the steps taken to get to achievement and outcome.  “Journey” as a verb, a fluid process that reaches out in waves.  Such was my experience interning at Taller de José, as I accompanied clients to immigration appointments,…

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Straight with Crooked Lines

By Greg Evers As I reflect on my time here at Taller de José I think of the various clients that I had the opportunity to work with and accompany, and I find myself asking, how did I do this? I came into this internship with a limited mastery of the language and even less…

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The Importance of Communities

By Maria Orozco Once, while at a retreat, I heard the best analogy about the significance of having communities. That is, the similarities between us and Redwood trees. Redwood trees have roots that are only a couple of feet deep. Yet, they require much more than that to stay standing. Similarly to us, Redwoods thrive…

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An Unknown World

By Greg Evers A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to participate in a Spanish immersion program in one of my religious community’s missions in Guatemala. I remember the rush of emotions I felt when I took my first steps off the plane at La Aurora International Airport. Fear, confusion, anxiety. I was…

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