Friday, June 19, 2015

LOS and Arab American Family Services team up to protest the IL State budget cuts, which will drastically affect the IWC

 LOS and AAFS joined together in North Riverside today, June 19th, to protest the IL Budget Cuts that will devastate the Illinois Welcoming Centers, which served more than 5,000 families last year! LOS and AAFS leaders want to send a message to the State of IL and Governor Bruce Rauner that these services are essential!

Here, LOS's executive director Hector Rico addresses the youth participating in the protest. These youth ages 16-24 have had their wages frozen, delaying the compensation they have earned form working in their communities through the ALAS youth employment program.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

LOS Offers Weekly Legal Nights for DACA and other Immigration Appeals Services

LOS Continues to Offer Weekly Legal Night

The Latino Organization of the Southwest continues to offer a legal night every Wednesday, starting at 6pm, giving community members the opportunity to meet with a Board of Immigration Appeals- Accredited Legal Representative for consultation or help with submitting numerous types of immigration paperwork.

Community members may also make an appointment with an immigration lawyer by calling LOS at (773) 581-1900 and asking for Alejandra Cabrera. 


La Organización Latina del Suroeste sigue ofreciendo unas noches legales cada miércoles empezando a las 6 de la tarde, dando la oportunidad a quedar con un representante legal certificado por la junta de apelaciones de inmigración. La consulta es gratis por muchos tipos de solicitudes de temas del inmigración.

Para hacer una cita con la abogada de inmigración, llame a LOS a (773) 581-1900 y pregunte por Alejandra Cabrera.

Latino Organization of the Southwest seeks funding from the Washington Square Health Foundation and Others to Jumpstart the PSEM Program

The Latino Organization of the Southwest is in the midst of developing the Proyecto Salud Emocional del Migrante (PSEM) counseling program, which in English means the Migrant Emotional Health Project.

Through PSEM, LOS will be providing free counseling services to uninsured and underinsured Latinos throughout the Southwest Side of Chicago and the surrounding areas. LOS has always been committed to the empowerment of our communities, and therefore LOS hopes to offer family counseling, drug and alcohol addictions counseling, and domestic violence counseling to immigrants who otherwise would not be able to afford quality counseling services.

LOS is currently recruiting an advisory board for this project, so if you or your colleagues would be interested in being a part of this advisory board, please send an introductory email and resume to Padraic Stanley, Youth Development Coordinator at

In pursuing funding for the program, LOS has submitted an application to the Washington Square Health Foundation, for which the Principles for Community Health Care Report can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer programs updates

We are proud to congratulate Maria for earning the 
Fiesta del Sol Guadalupe A. Reyes Scholarship! 
Maria has participated in LOS Civic Engagement program, Writing Club, Scholarship Club, and volunteers at LOS helping young people. She is a leader in her community.

Follow our successes on Twitter using #youthinaction

The College Essay Club is coming to a close. After four weeks of intensive brainstorming and writing activities, youth are able to begin their college admission essays. 

And...our young people were inspired to consider a career choice during our
Be Who You Want To Be Parade
They took their chants to the streets, along East 63rd street, South Pulaski, and West 67th street to West Lawn Park. We'd like to thank the 13th Aldermanic Ward, the Chicago Fire Department, and all those who encouraged our youth to believe in their achievements. Thank you!

It's been a busy summer! 

Come out and celebrate with us and our families! 

Like us on Facebook for more up-to-date information! 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Strategic Planning

Latino Organization of the Southwest participated in a strategic planning session.
Excellent Customer Service
Relevant Programming
Agency of Choice
Building Community
were some of the themes mentioned in the planning session.
Thank you to everyone who participated!