Six vans loaded with 84 young adults left the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center in Evanston Thursday bound for temporary storm clean-up jobs on the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast.
Chester Kirksey, a former Evanston resident who is project operations manager for the temporary hiring service Catstaff, arranged with city officials in his old home town to use the recreation center as the staging area for the trip and have city workers help with outreach to recruit the workers.
According to a city news release, the workers will get $700 in cash plus food, lodging and transportation for a seven-day work week of 12 hour days in an assignment that could last two months or more, depending on the scope of damage from Hurricane Issac.
They’ll be working for contractors hired by insurance companies to handle cleanup jobs.
“We are hoping that this experience is beneficial, and there can be a partnership similar to this one in the future,” said Bob Dorneker, assistant director of of Evanston’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. “This opportunity not only provides funds to those young adults who are looking for an opportunity, but also provides them with satisfaction and pride.”