Client Stories

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Client Focus: Samuel

By Grace Moran | May 19, 2021

People with HIV still face stigma and potentially seismic fallout if their status is disclosed without their permission.   

Client Focus: Bryan

By Grace Moran | May 3, 2021

After working with a Legal Council advocate, Bryan was able to access the care and support he needed for a healthy and dignified life.

Client Focus: Marquis

By Grace Moran | December 15, 2020

Read the story of Marquis, a 6th grader who couldn’t find the support he needed to learn and grow.

Health Justice in a Crisis: Ted and SSDI

By Legal Council | April 4, 2020

Ted spent almost a year trying to get Social Security Disability benefits. When finally he was approved, COVID-19 stopped the world.

Client Focus: Tami

By Jessica Richardson | February 19, 2020

Tami’s health kept her from working a steady job. With new resources, she and her son can now reach their full potential.

Building Better and Healthier Communities: Chancelor’s Story

By Dani Hunter | January 27, 2020

This story was originally published in Legal Council’s 2019 Annual Report. In 1991, Chancelor Cunningham woke up and couldn’t breathe. Initially, a doctor misdiagnosed him with bronchitis. Later, when things weren’t improving, a new doctor changed the diagnosis to pneumonia and admitted him to a hospital in Bronzeville for an extended stay. “They told me I…

Homeless encampments in Chicago

Finding Hope and Stability in Chicago

By Dani Hunter | January 15, 2020

This story was originally published in Legal Council’s 2019 Annual Report. Near the Dan Ryan Expressway, Chicagoans who are homeless have built a community of understanding and of survival. In 2018, our advocates started visiting a popular homeless encampment off the Dan Ryan Expressway, commonly referred to as “Ruble” among residents. Ruble is a place…

Client Focus: Quinn

By Jessica Richardson | January 9, 2020

Quinn, 35, was a single mother raising two children on the south side of Chicago who was hit with an unexpected life storm. Throughout her life she was diagnosed with several mental illnesses, depression, and anxiety. But a late diagnosis of HIV caused the biggest shift of all.

Client Focus: Robert

By Jessica Richardson | November 5, 2019

Robert was born and raised in the west side of Chicago but when his mother passed away, he lost his home.

Client Focus: Josiah

By Jessica Richardson | September 3, 2019

Josiah was a 6-year-old boy who was battling with anemia and other health problems that caused him to rely on tube feeding. Since moving from Chicago to the suburbs, his mother couldn’t get the in-home nursing assistance that she needed to care for Josiah. She tried for months to get the care she was entitled…