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MAY 6, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA
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Catholic Charities of the East Bay expects to place 470 Refugee Employment Division clients yearly in early and long-range employment through an expansion of its job-placement services, thanks to a $450,000 grant from the Alameda County Social Services Agency. The funding, which is renewable, is about 40 percent more than the past contract between the county and the agency.


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Workforce services will be available in East Oakland, the agency announced.

"I am very excited to have our workforce services at St. Anthony's Parish in East Oakland," said Solomon Belette, CEO of Catholic Charities of the East Bay. "This will make our services more accessible to the community. The classes and computer labs significantly enhance our services and benefit immensely the clients we are serving.

"Having the office at St. Anthony's will also enable our staff to respond more quickly to the needs of the parishioners in East Oakland," he added.

The grant supports the Employment Division's activities that provide immigrants with cultural and employment orientation, job readiness, job development, job placement and job retention for 30 and 90 days.

Among the additions will be a computer lab that will serve 20 clients and additional space for English as a Second Language classes. A part-time teacher for the Vocational English as Second Language Program, a new employment specialist, two part-time Basic Computer teachers and a third placement coordinator will be added.

The primary goal of the Employment Division is to facilitate early employment while simultaneously providing clients with the information, encouragement, self-confidence and skills to work toward long-range employment and self-sufficiency. Since 1980, CCEB has been at the forefront of employment services for refugees. The program is funded by the Alameda County Social Services Agency that serves immigrants of all nationalities. Clients are referred to Catholic Charities by the county's Social Services Agency.

Catholic Charities of the East Bay is also in partnership with Fremont Adult School to assist clients in learning English and to provide employment.

The Oakland offices are in a converted convent building associated with St. Anthony Church, 1520 E. 15th St., Oakland; the Fremont site is at Fremont Adult School, 4700 Calaveras Ave., Fremont.

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