EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — Recovery efforts for Hurricane Isaac on the Gulf Coast have created some job opportunities for residents of Chicagoland.
For the last few days, Evanston resident Nick Chastang has been working on the Westin Hotel in downtown New Orleans.READ MORE: High Ranking Cook County Sheriff's Office Official Resigns Amid Complaints Of Inappropriate, Unsolicited Sexual Comments To Colleague
“Demolition work; pulling drywall off the wall” is his responsibility, he says.
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For Chastang, it’s the perfect job to gain experience, since he wants to work in construction management — but was having a hard time finding a job here at home.READ MORE: Another Delay For Bid To Create Database For CPD Misconduct Files As Aldermen Question Cost, Frustrating City's Top Watchdog
“A lot of people were saying that they really wasn’t hiring right now,” he said.
Chastang is with a group of 84 young adults from Evanston and Chicago’s South Side, working on hurricane clean-up in Louisiana and Florida.
They were hired by a former Evanston resident, who now works with a company that sends workers into disaster zones.
“Some of them may not have the requisite skills necessary to work a full-time position in a corporate environment, and some of them may have records as well,” said Kim Jenkins of Evanston’s Youth and Young Adult Services Division.MORE NEWS: Expert Breaks Down The Seconds Before Adam Toledo Was Shot In Body Camera Video
Jenkins the opportunity provides the workers, many of whom are unemployed and lack many job skills, a chance to earn an income and job skills that can be used in the future.