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Chaldean Volunteers Sought for Refugee Assistance
By Huda Metti :: Friday, October 10, 2008 :: 84316 Views :: Living & Lifestyle, Career & Education, Community & Culture, Chaldean Justice League

Michigan, USA - Sister Beth Murphy, the Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator of the Refugee Services Office in the Archdiocese of Detroit is looking for two dedicated volunteers who can assist their staff with the important task of helping Iraqi refugees adjust to life in the United States.

Chaldeans are invited to this uplifting and rewarding opportunity of sharing their gift time and talent for the benefit of the hundreds of refugees who are arriving in the Detroit Metro Area.  The Office of Refugee Services has already resettled more than 700 refugees this year, improving the quality of life for many Chaldeans.  The office anticipates another 200 refugees by the end of this year. 

The Archdiocese of Detroit is looking for fluent speakers in English and an office assistant to help with clerical work.  Both positions require less than a few hours a week. 

Thank you for your interest in helping.  The following provide more details on how you can help. 

ESL Assistant:
This is a wonderful opportunity for school teachers, foreign language learners, enthusiasts, or instructors.  A fluent English speaker is needed to assist ESL instructor with conversation groups in multi-level ESL class. 5-7 p.m. each Tuesday evening between today and Nov. 25, at St. Joseph Chaldean Parish in Troy, MI. 

Many of the clients have excellent English reading skills but want to improve their ability to comprehend and communicate spoken English. This will be a rewarding experience for someone who enjoys meeting new and interesting people and a wonderful addition to any person’s resume or portfolio.  No previous experience necessary.

Office Assistant.  
Are you talented in office management or business processes?  If you are comfortable using a copy machine, filing paperwork, and typing letters using Microsoft Word, we need your help.  An office assistant is needed to help out in an office, 7-10 hours a week, on a flexible schedule.

Join us one full work day a week (8:30-4:30, M-F) or choose your hours on 2 or 3 different days.  Our staff will train you to assist with the clerical tasks that are essential to the successful resettlement of the refugees we serve. We are a friendly and diverse group and would love to have you join us. One of the great perks? Delicious Iraqi and Vietnamese cuisine at the lunch hour!

These two positions will not require a Protecting God's Children Certificate, but that is recommended as well.

Even if you can't volunteer yourself, you can still help.. Please pass this information along to those you know who might be able to help.

If you are willing to help please e-mail info@chaldean.org your preference and contact information. 

Sacred Heart Parish, MI USA

 

Sacred Heart Parish
310 W. Seven Mile. Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203
Tel: (313) 368-6214
Fax: (313) 891-0132

The parish was established by Rev. Jacob Yasso in 1973

Rev. Jacob Yasso

Rev. Jacob Yasso was born in the village of Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing high school he was recruited to Rome and Urbaniana University where he completed his Masters Degree in philosophy and Theology.  Fr. Yasso was ordained a priest in 1960 and served the Diocese of Mosul, where he worked in the public school system. Fr. Yasso was also asked by the Patriarch to teach at the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad, where he served as administrator, professor of philosophy and religious life, and rector of the minor seminary. 

In 1964, Fr. Yasso was appointed to the United States to serve the growing Chaldean community in Detroit.  There he served as the 4th Pastor of Mother of God Parish.  .  In 1972, the Patriarch charged Fr. Yasso with building a new parish for the Chaldeans in Detroit.  In taking great pains to care for the community Fr. Yasso accelerated the development of a new church and community center.  In 1975, Fr. Yasso completed the development of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and shortly thereafter he added the Chaldean Center of America in 1980, 

A few years later in 1982, Fr. Yasso was asked to assist the late Fr. Kattoula at St. Peter’s Church in San Diego, CA.  Before long, Fr. Yasso was once again recruited to Rome to study new Canon Law of the Church.  While in Rome Fr. Yasso completed his third Masters Degree in Church Law, making him the only Chaldean priest trained in Canon Law. 

In 1988, the Patriarch and Vatican authorities asked Fr. Yasso to travel to Canada and establish a parish and community center.  While there he served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Four years later Fr. Yasso returned to Sacred Heart church in Detroit to help care for the remaining Chaldean community residence in the Detroit area.  To this day, Fr. Yasso continues to serve as the parish pastor creating activities and advising the City of Detroit on community related matters. 

Fr. Yasso is a member of the International WYCLIF Bible translators, since 1975, and has completed the translation of the New Testament from Greek and Aramaic into Arabic and spoken Chaldean.   The publication of his scholarly work is set to be released soon.