Mission: Mano a Mano has been serving low income immigrants, most of them Hispanic families, since the year 2000. Most of our clients are newly arrived in the Lake County (Illinois) area, are low-income, speak little or no English, have on average a second or third grade education, lack essential prenatal care and suffer from poor health and living conditions. These families need help finding employment, learning English, and accessing the most essential services to thrive and become active members of their community.
Geographic areas served: Lake County, Illinois
Programs: Mano a Mano has been fulfilling a significant need in this community through its Information and Referral program, GED, Computer and ESL classes, Employment Connection Program, Health Education Program, Homework Help and Childcare Program. Other services include legal assistance, mobile clinic, tutoring and pre-GED/Literacy classes.
In my classes over the past year I have more young mothers who want to understand what their children are saying and how to communicate with their teachers. In an area that is full of gangs and drugs, you can see how concerned these mothers are that their children don’t get involved with the wrong people.
This year I had a girl that was only in the country for two weeks and learning
English was her main goal. By the end of the class I had learned she was recently married and her husband had gotten a job in Round Lake and they had left friends and family for this new life. I can see the hope in these young people and I know they come to the United States for a better life. This isn’t much different than the immigrants that came before them and made this country great.