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WIN Job Center has a new role



BILOXI — The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded a $5 million grant to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to help coastal residents affected by the oil spill find jobs.

The state agency signed contracts with two nonprofit organizations, Asian Americans for Change and Lutheran Episcopal Services in Mississippi, to work out of the Biloxi WIN Job Center for the next year. Both are experienced with disaster work.

“We have refocused this particular WIN Job Center to serve the needs of individuals that were impacted by the oil spill,” said Yolonda Boone, manager of the MDES grant management office. Robert Blanton, chief operations officer of Lutheran Episcopal Services, said his organization has run a recovery case management program in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina.

“We’ll work with people on identifying personal financial issues that are in the way of them getting another job,” he said.

Asian Americans for Change was founded in 2007 in response to Katrina recovery. ormation and resources.

“Language and culture barriers were a huge problem,” said Kaitlin Truong, chairwoman for Asian Americans for Change. “People were lost and confused when the oil spill took place.”

Source: Sun Herald

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