Welcome, whether you are a newcomer or long-time resident in our area. In an effort to help people be informed and to understand how services and systems work in our community, we have created a resource guide. It includes the following information, specific to Wisconsin and Minnesota:

  • Health care
  • Workers rights
  • Driving and handing legal matters
  • Immigration system
  • Food shelf and pantries
  • Miscellaneous information

You will notice differences in the rules, services, customs, and expectations of residents between each state and between the US and your home country, if you are a newcomer. We know that it is not easy getting used to the customs and expectations of a community and hope this information guides you well. We are glad you are here and we are grateful for your contributions to our community.


The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only. Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information. This website contains links to other third-party websites.  Such links are only for the convenience of the reader, user or browser; Puentes/Bridges Inc., its agents and employees do not recommend or endorse the contents of the third-party sites. Readers of this website should contact an attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter. No reader, user, or browser of this site should act or refrain from acting on the basis of information on this site without first seeking legal advice from an attorney in the relevant jurisdiction. Only your individual attorney can provide assurances that the information contained herein – and your interpretation of it – is applicable or appropriate to your particular situation. Use of, and access to, this website or any of the links or resources contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader, user, or browser and website authors, contributors, or their respective employers. The views expressed at, or through, this site are those of the individual authors writing in their individual capacities only – not those of their respective employers, Puentes/Bridges Inc. or committee/task force as a whole.  All liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on the contents of this site are hereby expressly disclaimed. The content on this posting is provided “as is;” no representations are made that the content is error-free.


We want to extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone that contributed to this guide and made the project possible.

To Jaime and Shaun Duvall for their revisions and enthusiasm and dedication to collecting loads of information and making sure that everything was as accurate as possible.

To Madison Redding (and the Latin American Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire) for believing in this project and her countless hours of initial translations.

To Viviana Limón-Chamaco for her impeccable work in translating more content and always being willing to help out.

And to everyone in our community that provides these valuable resources and works every day to keep creating a strong community that helps everybody.