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Client Focus: Diana

By Kayla Brown | February 8, 2019

Diana lost trust in others at a young age. When she was in 11th grade, she became pregnant and suffered from sexual abuse at home. When she went away to boarding school, she was assaulted again. Throughout her life she turned to substance use and alcohol in an attempt to ‘numb the pain’ her childhood…

Client Focus: Anthony

By Kayla Brown | February 6, 2019

Anthony came to Legal Council initially to seek help in applying for Medicaid. He experienced an extensive history of a substance use disorder that led him to living on the streets. After being disowned from his family, he was determined to turn his life around. He contacted Legal Council after he heard that he could…

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Client Focus: Stacey

By Kayla Brown | December 26, 2018

Stacey had already been through so much at such a young age. By the time she entered 1st grade, she had lived through domestic violence and neglect. She went from foster home to foster home, all while dealing with stress from her traumatic upbringing. But things started looking up– Stacey found a home with a…

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Client Focus: Gregory

By Kayla Brown | December 21, 2018

Gregory lived through a series of challenges and constant uphill battles before ending up at Chicago’s Franciscan Outreach Shelter. His mother passed when he was a teen and he lost many of his siblings to illnesses. He spent time in prison for a few years and had less than a high school education. Before his stay…

Client Focus: Sasha

By Kayla Brown | September 7, 2018

From day one life forced Sasha to put up a fight. When she was born, she was infected with H.I.V and was a child of the foster care system. At age six she was diagnosed with AIDS. Despite the trauma and health struggles she experienced, by 2014 Sasha was thriving. It seemed she was doing…

Client Focus: Roger

By Joseland Nixon | August 9, 2018

Roger Thompson is a 56-year-old man with an intellectual disability, a personality disorder, and a speech impediment. When he first reached out to Legal Council, Roger was homeless and barely coherent. But after receiving assistance from Legal Council, Roger now has a bright and optimistic future ahead of him.

Client story: Celeste

By Joseland Nixon | July 17, 2018

When Celeste’s health coverage was unrightfully denied due to her HIV status, she sought legal help from Legal Council.

Celeste is a proud transgender woman who was eager to complete her transition surgery, but because of her coverage limitations and the costs of the procedure, she knew she would need additional coverage alongside the insurance plan she already had. Knowing this, Celeste applied for short-term disability coverage to supplement her current coverage. Though this plan was expensive and required Celeste pay 100% out-of-pocket, the short-term coverage she selected would help cover her surgery and recovery.

Client Story: the Rodriguez Family

By Joseland Nixon | June 13, 2018

Rose and Miguel Rodriguez were a couple struggling to make ends meet, like many hardworking families in Illinois. Though they were both undocumented, Miguel had a steady job and was trying hard to provide a stable home for his three children: Felix, age 9, Mary, age 4, and Julio, age 2. Recovering from a stroke and struggling with language and memory issues, Rose was unable to work. Each child had a medical disability, but Rose and Miguel were doing their best to get their children the care they needed.

Client focus: Kenneth

By Joseland Nixon | February 1, 2018

Coming from a chaotic and abusive household–where his mother would abuse him both physically and mentally–Kenneth had few resources. Though he suffered from depression that dated back to his childhood, Kenneth was still able to get his Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) degree and worked as a nurse for five years at a hospital in Virginia.…

Client focus: Frank

By Jill Wohl | July 5, 2017

Frank suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child and has been a patient at one of our medical partner sites ever since. Unfortunately, when Frank was 18 years old, he was in a severe car accident, leaving him with more complex medical issues including severe paraplegia.

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