January 15, 2009: The tough times that have hit the economy are chilling the employment prospects for the clients of Boat People SOS, according to Loan Hanlon, assistant director of the Community Development Department. But a bright spot in the gloom is the recent hiring of 10 Vietnamese job-seekers by Close Up.
“Close Up’s staff actually sought us out to hire people for their activities around the inauguration,” said Hanlon. “It was extremely heartening for us to hear from them, since we’re seeing increasing numbers of jobless clients, even while our pool of potential employers shrinks.”
BPSOS’ job-placement work is funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) under the US Department of Health and Human Services. From October 2006 to September of 2008, the Community Development Department has found jobs for a total of 228 clients.
“None of our work could take place without the ACF,” said Hanlon. “We’re very grateful that ACF’s support allows us to connect clients with the jobs they need in a tough economy.”
The 10 most recent successful job hunters will be working as site coordinators/night monitors for Close Up, which educates and inspires young people to participate in America’s democracy. The organization fulfills its mission with hands-on programs for students and teachers in Washington, DC, using the city as a living classroom. The participating students are a diverse group, coming from every state and beyond, and from all walks of life. Over 650,000 have graduated from Close Up experiential programs.
“We’re excited that our clients will have a first-hand view of nonprofit projects and this perspective on the inauguration,” added Hanlon. “We really appreciate having a high-energy, committed nonprofit like Close Up interested in hiring Vietnamese Americans during these rough times.”