Louisville Magazine

MAR 2017

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kysciencecenter.org 30 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.17 THE BIT SHIFT Refugee Refuge By Arielle Christian Illustration by Kendall Regan Catholic Charities feels the effects of the "Muslim ban." Most refugees have never had a job in the American sense of a job. Workdays spent bent over in a field differ from a punch clock and taxes. Gotta start somewhere: loading boxes, skinning chickens, making beds. "My clients are 99.9 percent not prepared for this," says Ahmed Hussein, an employment specialist at Catholic Charities on West Market Street. "Some come from rural areas. Some have never been to a city. Some have not been educated, can't speak English." Refugees are expected to get a job within 180 days of their arrival, and CC helps them find work. The agency has longstanding ties to Tyson Foods in Corydon, Indiana; the pig-slaughtering plant in Butchertown; the two nearby Amazon warehouses; the downtown hotels. "I know a family doctor from Cuba. I found him a job at UPS while he took tests to become a medical professional in Kentucky," Hussein says. "He went from unloading a UPS truck to being a doctor in six months." zzzz

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