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l00tholics Help Get Jobs Holidays NC News Service brighter for some unem- ployed Missourians. prospect of Christ- "We know that this isn't a employment grandiose economic strategy. for millions of Yet it is a simple but effective |ns, Catholic social program in which everyone organizations around can take part. The effort is a try are making extra start in the hope others will help. One agency, join and turn it into something Catholic Con- that at least during the decided to practice holidays can have a major preached by job- positive impact on unem- order to launch a ployment in Missouri," he lob-sharing project said. Js season. State unemployment is asking figures for September showed employers and 206,078 unemployed in voluntarily to Missouri, or about 8.8 per cent small amounts of of the work force. Of that I money toward hiring number, 81,586 were receiving the unemployment benefits, costing the state about $24.4- in the effort, million that month for benefit used the job-sharing payments. Missouri has itself to start its 107,000employers. It hired a tern- MCC officials noted that if specialist the program puts I per cent of paid with funds those receiving unem- the l0MCC ployment benefits back to under a job- work for just one month, the and by MCC savings to taxpayers would through either he about $243,000. Further, if reductions in office every Missouri employer The holiday hired one extra worker during effort costs the the holiday period, the state's i Catholic Conference total unemployment rate would he cut in half, ac- Clarence cording to MCC officials. Mo., was "We are hoping that once the unemployed employees in the program are for several months, in place, some will remain to spend 30 days permanently. Others may employers across learn new job skills or become asking them to hire involved in intern-type Missourians for programs that could lead to tys under the same future job opportunities," MCC hired him. DeFeo said. C. DeFeo, Jr., "But if we do nothing else in director counsel of this program, we want to said, "This effort convey to the unemployed employees to that someone does care, that share theitwork and there is hope that something little less pay. And, concrete is being done to help  managem- them," DeFoo added. to delayor The Archdiocese of New Some minor office York is "tooling up for a in a combined major effort," said Father effort to make the John Servodidio of Catholic .season a little Charities there. "The air is becoming charged...We're having to come up with new permanent lily ways of dealing with the program. drastic increase in requests t A,t, Lie's Vo=ug for help. For the first time, kp.. the diocese is dealing with unemployment problems in its rural areas. "We've always had a great ill  hand deal of inner-city poverty in New York, but it's different now. It's middle-class people who are losing their jobs." . A new plan on the drawing board is one which will ask Catholic employers to advise the archdiocese of existing vacancies. That information will then be routed to parishes JERRy COOKE located near the employers' place of business for dissemination to those 753-3342 seeking jobs. In Denver, charitable [LEY & SKIPPER PHOTOS 600 BARROW ROAD professional Services *Copy Work *ID Photos *Sports Teams Events *Senior Pictures *Instant Passports *Business Photos *Video Tape Services Now Available We Welcome Your Inquiries! Joe & Barbara Bailey (Members of Good Counsel) 225-5517 Ti-LE GI.RD/, I.,, .DEC EM, B;E I. 17, T9,82 PAGE .13 Building Might Be Renovated Little Rock-Sister Patrick Mercy would consider torn down. If it isn't Mary Hillmeyer, R.S.M., preserving the original demolished, the sales will convent administrator and building in Pulaski Heights become void. assistant principal at Mount "provided that the preser- Proposals and letters of St. Mary Academy on ration and re-use can be intent (the latter due Jan. 1) Kavanaugh Boulevard, sent a accomplished without should he sent to Mount St. letter to potential developers significantly compromising Mary Convent, 3508 last week for proposals for the mission of the academy." Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little renovation of the original It was announced earlier Rock, Arkansas72205. academy building, slated this year that the building was The Sisters, who reserved earlier this year for to be destroyed this fall. It the right to reject all demolition, needs new electrical wiring proposals if necessary, will She asked that all proposals and plumbing and is con- notify those who submitted be submitted by Feb. 15 on the sidered a fire hazard, proposals of their decision by massive six-story building .An auction was held in June April 1. constructed in 1907. It is now on items in the building no -- , vacant because new longer needed by the Sisters | classrooms and a convent or students. However, an |ii$nIRItl have been built agreement was made that the I ....... . . , OH TNEOUIFM Sister Patrick Mary said m said items won t leave the Commissioned the letter that the Sisters of building until just before it is Father John D. Riddell missioned as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. The Diocese of Little Rock priest is a chaplain. For  _,.. those wishing to write him, his address is: Lt. John  ooD EQUIPMENT hoping Riddell, CHC, USNR, $'k We're this dl Destroyer Squadron Two, . Thoma will be o worm, won. T/ FPONewYorkO9501.  --.. S B. Devine Jr: derful holiday for umrrict Sales Agent you . . . filled with U 1F] lots of cheer. Enjoy d agencies said they were being [ inundated with Lrequests for HOBART SALES & SERVICE emergency assistance. At the St. Vincent de Paul warehouse, located near a Quality All the Way major highway, requests for help have "easily  9414 Mab I I PJk quadrupled," said president  e v a e e KennethMeyers. " , A k 72209 "Whole families on the road "ttl k come in...the kids are in M L, e Roc r ansas ragged tennis shoes and short pants in this cold. .but they  have nothing else," he said. The agencies under the umbrella of Denver Catholic Community Services are stretching their resources to the limits to accommodate the people clamoring for emergency assistance, an official said. Betty Pollock of the east outreach team office of the Denver Catholic Community Service said, "There's such an increasing need that it's not unusual for the staff and volunteers to dig into their own closets for clothing to give someone or their own pockets to produce a few dollars for a dire need." Housing is the number one need, according to Denver agency spokesmen. In Detroit, parishes have joined efforts with the St. Vincent de Paul Society to begin feeding the hungry through a program called "Rice Bowl Food Bowls."  Their work also extends to housing the homeless and wear.Clthing those with little to I.OWENBRAU A Capuchin Fathers' soup kitchen has been in existence d[.(m'., in Detroit since 1929. Last ,[\\;' \\; year, it served 167,000 people and officials there predicted that the final figure for 1982 llllllUIIrr][=" l_J1. would be considerably higher. In Kansas City, 23 churches joined together this year to le! II be establish a soup kitchen where as many as 450 a day are fed. LnblUQ In Washington, D.C., the National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs has established an urban clearinghouse for church-based and other unemployment support groups. Requests from around the country are being answered by the center and a M[J[LLER network of information is being developed. NAMES GARAGIOLA Phoenix, Ariz. (NC) -- DISTRIBUTORS Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien of Phoenix has appointed well- known sports broadcaster Joe Garagiola as chairman for the 1983 Diocesan Charity and OF ARKAA Development Appeal. JiJl FORT SMITH00 BURFORD DISTRIBUTING, INC.