Piece by Piece: a follow-up to “The American Dream”

Piece by Piece: a follow-up to “The American Dream

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Hung with Outreach Staff

We featured a story in January about an Outreach client. 
Below is a follow-up to “The American Dream

Hung T. started working with Outreach Staff in January 2012 to obtain a replacement work authorization card which would allow him to work legally in the United States. His documentation had been stolen in 2001 during a move. Without documentation, Hung lost his job and then his housing, resulting in homelessness.

After extensive work with Immigration services, Outreach staff was successful in helping Hung receive his replacement work authorization card in December 2013. Once he received that paperwork, Hung was ready to seek employment. 

From January - April 2014, Hung met weekly with Outreach Program staff for employment services support, including developing his resume, searching and applying for jobs, practice interviewing, attending job interviews and setting up an email account. 

In April 2014, Hung interviewed and received a job offer with the Lincoln Park Zoo. He started work at the end of the month as kitchen assistant for one of the restaurants at the Zoo. 

Hung says, “It’s so great to be back to work. I feel good about myself that I have a job. I am able now to start saving money to one day get an apartment and start looking towards the future.”
 
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