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Chaldean Volunteers Sought for Refugee Assistance
By Huda Metti :: Friday, October 10, 2008 :: 117031 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. 

St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.