Ramon and Estella first came to us in March 2021, during the first wave of Chicago reopening. They were referred to us by their daughter’s primary physician. Gabby had been born with Down Syndrome and she was now nearing her 18th birthday, during a global pandemic. As the help desks at the courthouse were still closed, Taller de José reached out directly to the legal aid organizations to connect our clients to legal advice. After attorneys provided legal advice, our Compañera worked with Ramon and Estella to ensure all the paperwork was completed, and then navigated the complex e-filing process for the courts. On the day of court, instead of riding the Pink Line to the Daley Center together, Ramon and Estella came to the Taller de José offices for access to a reliable computer and assistance in logging onto their Zoom courtroom and requesting an interpreter. When Ramon and Estella were granted legal guardianship for Gabby, they both breathed a sigh of relief. They expressed their deepest gratitude to our Compañera staff for guiding them through this new process, “Thanks to Taller, our world is no longer at a standstill, we’re not frightened to take this next step, knowing that we do not take these next steps alone.” The pandemic has often times made us all feel like we too are a standstill. Though, life is in constant motion, teaching us how capable we are of accomplishing extraordinary things.
We connect to low-cost and pro-bono legal services, and we accompany clients offsite as they navigate civil and criminal court systems.
We connect to counseling and shelter providers and support survivors applying for UVisa or VAWA. For crisis services, call the Illinois DV Hotline at 877-863-6338
We provide referrals to financial assistance providers, assist with applications, and provide additional supports for basic needs.
We provide referrals to trusted, accredited legal services, accompany clients to USCIS, and support in gathering documentation for applications.
We can help find low-cost, language appropriate counseling services to get the support you need.