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Client Focus: Hatim

Hatim, an HIV-positive man with limited English skills, first came to AIDS Legal Council after he sustained a devastating injury at his job as a butcher, and was unable to continue working. Hatim’s dominant hand had been caught in a meat grinder; as a result, he lost fingers and suffered extensive bone and nerve damage to his hand and arm. With three minor children at home, a prognosis of 12 to 18 months for rehabilitation, and no other job skills or training, Hatim’s future was unclear. He applied for Social Security disability benefits, but was denied initially because he had been disabled for only 6 weeks at the time of application. Upon reapplication, he was denied again because his wife’s self-employment earnings were mistakenly reported under his name and Social Security number. Meanwhile, Hatim struggled to perform daily living...

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Client Focus: Shaneea

A young mother with a 4-month-old baby, Shaneea had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and marijuana abuse when her treating psychiatrist at an outreach partner, Fantus Clinic, referred her to the Homeless Project of the Legal Council for Health Justice. Like many of our clients, Shaneea suffered severe neglect and abuse as a young child, which triggered her entry into the child welfare system. She left the system as a teenager after her foster father punched her in the face.   Although a victim of significant childhood trauma, Shaneea succeeded in getting her GED and obtaining a job. Unfortunately, she was often agitated at work, and was observed responding to the voices in her head, which led to her dismissal and, ultimately, homelessness. Shaneea applied for disability benefits, but her previous educational and job success blocked her case and she...

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2nd Annual May Ball

SECOND-ANNUAL MAY BALL IS SATURDAY, MAY 7  Last year’s inaugural May Ball was such a success…and it’s time to bust out the fancy dress or tux and do it again! Dr. Nabeela Rasheed will again host us at her stunning turn-of-the-century, HGTV-featured mansion in the West Loop for an evening of champagne, cocktails, and delectable fare, all in support of the Legal Council’s work helping those who are the most vulnerable among us. For a very short time, the early bird price of $75 is available. Act fast, as a limited number are available and prices go up soon! Visit mayball2016.eventbrite.com or click HERE for tickets to the sure-to-sell-out May Ball!...

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‘Hamilton’ Chicago Premiere

Experience the Broadway hit Hamilton on OPENING NIGHT in Chicago: Tuesday, September 27, 2016! Limited tickets still available, but they won’t last long. Click HERE to grab your tickets now or visit www.legalcouncil.brownpapertickets.com. By attending this special premiere event, you are directly supporting the Legal Council for Health Justice’s programs serving low-income people with HIV, individuals facing homelessness, and children with chronic illness. On behalf of the over 1,700 people in need to whom the Council will provide free, immediate legal help this year, thank...

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Board of Ambassadors Spring Fling

You’re invited to Legal Council for Health Justice’s Board of Ambassadors SPRING FLING on Thursday, March 10, at stunning Beane Hall, located at Loyola School of Law, just off Michigan Avenue. The Council’s Board of Ambassadors is a diverse group of dedicated professionals who help to increase awareness of the Council and to support its services for low-income people with HIV, individuals at-risk of becoming homeless, and children with disabilities, as well as our educational initiatives and advocacy programs. Join us for appetizers, cocktails, and fun! Visit ambassadors2016.eventbrite.com or click HERE for tickets.  We look forward to seeing you at the SPRING FLING!...

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