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    The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce is a partnership of Chaldean businesses and professionals working together to strengthen members’ business, increase job opportunities, encourage expansion and promote Chaldean business and culture. The Chamber seeks to service and represent Aramaic-speaking people, including Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs.

    Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce 2015 Strategic Priorities:

    Membership Value
    Provide members, from sole proprietorships to international conglomerates, the resources needed to achieve success while advocating pro-business policies that encourage growth and expansion.

    Global Collaboration
    Provide civic, social and welfare advocacy related to matters of public policy and political purpose for the common benefit of Chaldean Assyrian Syriac people in both diaspora and in their indigenous lands in the Middle East. The goal is to create a safe place where Iraqi Christians can live and worship in peace in their ancestral land.

    Refugee Acculturation
    Ease the major issues impacting today’s Iraqi refugee and immigrant population including transportation, housing, job placement, language development, mental health, immigration, social and government program directives, and basic necessities. The goal is to help this population acculturate and become less dependent on government subsidies and programs.

    Building Community
    Finalize the construction of our new community center in Sterling Heights to provide critical social services, classroom space and a place for Chaldeans to congregate and enjoy social activities. Develop long-term housing solutions for the growing Iraqi refugee community.

    There are immediate openings for the following positions:

    Program Manager, Refugee Mental Health Services – Job Description

    Please click on each to read the full job description and qualifications. Interested and qualified candidates please send a cover letter and resume to lisa.kalou@chaldeanfoundation.orgNo phone calls please.

    Facts about the Chaldean Community

      • An estimated 121,000 Chaldeans reside in Southeast Michigan – the largest concentration outside of the Middle East.
      • Chaldeans have a history dating back 5,000 years to Mesopotamia
      • Aramaic is the native language for Chaldeans – the world’s oldest continuously spoken language
      • Chaldeans are Iraq’s indigenous people
      • The majority of Chaldeans migrated to Detroit in the late 1960s
      • Chaldeans own an estimated 15,000 businesses in Michigan
      • 61% of Chaldean households own one business
      • 39% of Chaldean households own two or more businesses
      • Major business concentrations:  Supermarkets, convenience stores, hotels, food service, cellular, real estate development and suburban gas stations
      • Chaldeans are Eastern-Rite Catholic
      • There are nine Chaldean Catholic churches in Michigan along with an Assyrian and a Syriac church
      • Since the 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq, more than two-thirds of Iraq’s Christian community has been displaced
      • Since 2007, more than 15,000 Chaldean refugees have arrived in Metro Detroit

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