Fr. Gary Graf Center

Adult Classes

English Classes

Our basic English classes are offered twice a week. They are available in the morning and the afternoon. Students will be tested to see their level, in the basic class students will be learning the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, objects, and more. Our level one course, students are learning to put sentences together; future, present, and past. We have three semesters (spring, summer, and fall) and once the students have progressed they are moved to College of Lake County to advance to the next level of English. All classes are free and its available for adults and teens (if accompanied with parent(s)).

Citizenship

Our citizenship classes are available four times a week. Monday and Thursday from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Friday from 10:00 am - 11:30 am and Saturday from 9:00 am - 10:00 pm. This class is structured to help those who are legal permanent residents of the United States prepare for their citizenship exam. The classes are offered in English and Spanish depending the language their test will be. We will prepare student for their civic, written exams and their interview portion. We also provide all the material needed. Classes are continuous through out the year.

Basic Computer Course

We are currently offering basic computer classes once a week in the afternoons. It is available Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Students are provided with a handbook to follow through out the course. Students will learn the functions of the computer and move on to the software's such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. They will also cover how to set up an email and surf the web. Class is only available in Spanish. Semesters available is Spring and Fall.

Spanish Literacy

This class is structured to help those who need to learn how to read and write their own language (Spanish). Students are thought the alphabet, nouns, verbs, adjective, and as they progress they are thought to put sentences together. They are finally thought to read sentences to reading books. This class is offered twice a week in the afternoon. Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This course is available in the Spring semester and Fall Semester.

Pre-GED Math

Our preparation class for the GED math exam is offered once a week in the afternoons. It is available on Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The class covers basic subtractions, addition, division, and multiplications. It also moves on to algebra, geometry, and fractions. The class is offered in the Spring semester and the Fall semester.

Zumba

We have been offering our zumba class to help our community live a healthier lifestyle. Zumba is offered four times a week and it is available in the morning or in the afternoon. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 10:00 am and Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Classes are free and its available for the public. No registration required. They are also offered year round.

Aerobicize 

Similar to zumba, aerobic classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. The class helps students have a healthier lifestyle. Classes are free and open to the public. 

Folkloric Dance

Mexican folkloric dance is available for children and parents. Classes are offered on Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. This traditional dancing helps learn a culture and dancing steps. Class is free if you would like to join.

Services

SNAP/ Medicaid

We are helping clients apply or renew their SNAP or medicaid services. No appointment necessary, walk-ins welcome. If its a new application we require: Social Security cards, birth certificates (children), identification card (adults), most recent paystubs (30 days), recent utility bills, rent or mortgage statement. For more questions please contact our office.

Gas Assistance

We are currently working with North Shore Gas to provide assistance to families that are in a financial situation and fallen behind in their utility bill. 

Passport Application

We can help you complete the renewals or first time applications for the U.S Passport. No appointment required, we accept walk-ins.

Notarized Documents

We are able to notarized documents. We can do translations of birth certificates, power of attorneys for property, Illinois Short-Term Guardianship, Rental Agreements, and more. Translations are from Spanish to English. Hours of availability are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Wednesday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Schedule Appointments

We are able to help schedule appointments with the Mexican Consulate in the main office in Chicago, or Milwaukee or in any of the mobile services. The main office take clients with out appointments Monday thru Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. If you have questions over the requirements for Mexican Passport, Mexican Consulate ID, Double Citizenship, and/or Carta de Elector please call our office.

Tax Preparation

We are collaborating with Center of Economic Progress a non-profit organization from Chicago to assist clients complete their taxes for free for eligible clients. This service is available during tax season (January-April). There hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Requirements: All original documents (no copies) W2's and/or 1099, social security cards, Legal Permanent Resident cards, photo ID, bank information (routing and account number), home taxes paid, mortgage statement (if applicable), and student payments(if applicable).

Legal Services

Family Law

We are currently are working with a family attorney that is providing assistance for free. He is helping clients with cases in Lake County. He can take cases such as child custody, child support, divorce, and adoption. Rick Sibbernsen is a retired attorney which means he cannot represent clients in court. He is volunteer so his schedule varies, normally he is available in the mornings two to three times a week. Please contact our office to schedule and appointment or for further questions.

Immigration Law

Alicia Ibarra is an attorney who comes to our office once a week on Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm to help clients with their N-400 application (citizenship), I-90 (Legal Permanent Resident Renewal), N-600 (Citizenship for minors). For low income families, Alicia is able to provide the service completely free. We do request that you contact our office first, we want to provide all the requirements, complete most of the applications, once we have that done we can schedule an appointment with the attorney to finalize and verify that everything is correct. Appointments are 45 minutes. If you just have questions and are not ready to complete your application please contact Alicia Ibarra directly at her office at (847) 249-8895.  For more questions please contact our office.

Traffic Law Assistance

Ramon Cervantes is an attorney that comes from Round Lake once a week on Thursdays. He helps clients with traffic violations or questions. The consultations that he has in our office are free. Ramon does charge for his services if the client requests to be represented by him. His appointments are of 15 minutes from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursday. Please call our office to schedule an appointment.

Referrals

For any other service, we will conduct an intake and try to provide outside services. We will refer clients to other local organization.