Esperanza Unida

Address: 1329 W. National Ave.

Transportation: By bus: Take the #14 bus south from the northwest corner of 16th and Wisconsin. Get off at National, walk east 3 blocks to address. By car: Take 16th Street south to National. Turn left onto National to address.

Approximate travel time by car: 5 minutes

Approximate travel time by bus: 15 minutes

Days/Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm

Description of Agency/Activities: Founded in 1971 as a nonprofit community organization, Esperanza Unida provides counseling, representation, job training and placement to low-income, minority, injured and/or unemployed workers in the Milwaukee area. Through the seven training businesses which they operate, jobs are created and unemployed workers are trained and placed in the work environment with competitive wages; and revenue is generated which is reinvested into Esperanza's infrastructure and into the surrounding community. They serve people from the entire Milwaukee area--placing an emphasis on social and economic concerns of the local Hispanic community. Because of their training and placement business approach, Esperanza has received national recognition and is one of 10 agencies used as national models for replication in urban economic development. Service Learners have the opportunity to work as assistants in the Legal Department of Esperanza Unida. The Legal Department provides representation and advocacy to their clients and the Milwaukee community. The majority of the cases involve immigration, workman's compensation, unemployment benefits, and worker's rights.

Student Role in Agency:

Students will help with the intake process by meeting directly with clients, identifying areas of concern and recording the information for the attorney. They will have the opportunity to help to research legal issues and then present information to clients. Additionally, they will follow up with agencies, physicians, and businesses about concerns and correspondence that have to do with clients and cases.

Some placements at this site will be for students from the Spanish classes, where their work will involve the opportunity to speak Spanish with native speakers on a regular basis. Placements for students from other classes are also available, where Spanish skills will be helpful but not necessary.

Commitment: Orientation at the site; 2-3 hours per week throughout the semester. Bring a resume (or a list of interests/skills) and course syllabus to orientation.


Contact Us

Marquette University Service Learning
P.O. Box 1881
1102 W. Wisconsin Ave. Room 303
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881

Phone Number: (414) 288-0250
Fax Number: (414) 288-3259

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