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Chicago Jewish Federation Gets $90,000 Hew Contract to Aid Indo-chinese Refugees in the Area

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago has been awarded a $90,000 contract from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) to find and upgrade jobs for Indo-Chinese refugees in the Chicago area, it was announced by Richard E. Friedman, HEW regional director and James P. Rice, executive vice-president of the Jewish Federation.

The Federation will subcontract with five other voluntary social service agencies experienced in the resettlement of refugees to provide a team approach to job finding and development, vocational counseling and training. The agencies are: Lutheran Child and Family Service; Catholic Charities of Chicago; Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Chicago; the Jewish Family and Community Service; and the Jewish Vocational Service of Chicago.

The contract calls for hiring of two vocational counselor-job developers for the Jewish Vocational Service and the Catholic Charities; a skill training coordinator with the Jewish Vocational Service; four social workers attached to each of four of the agencies; and part-time interpreters. The contract runs from July 15, 1976 to July 14, 1977.

The project will operate with the cooperation of the Illinois Department of Public Aid and the illinois Governor’s Indochinese Resettlement Office. The resettlement office is a new one established to supervise resettlement in Illinois. Friedman said the project is designed to provide whatever supportive services may be needed by individual refugees to remove them from welfare rolls and to help them be self-sufficient and self-supporting.

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