Devastated Hurricane Victims Still Have To Pay Their Bills

September 1, 2005 -- Posted at 6:35 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- The State Employment Security Department says refugees from Hurricane Katrina are looking for jobs and unemployment assistance in Arkansas. A number of those refugees are coming to Region 8 to find temporary jobs after losing everything.

"24, 25 years I have been self employed. A lot of hard work trying to budget myself all the time, trying to build for retirement. Being self employed that's what you do, and I was close.  I was close, but now it's like starting over," said Russell Vucinovich, a hurricane victim temporarily calling Jonesboro home.

Jeremy Thacker, owner of Express Personnel, is helping to find jobs for refugees at a time they need it most.

"What we are able to do is reach out to the refugees that are coming in and offer them temporary employment while in Jonesboro, helping them to make ends meet," said Thacker.

Temporary employment also offers hurricane victims the chance to get their mind off the disaster they have just experienced. If you are a storm victim interested in seeking temporary employment you are encouraged to contact Express Personnel at 870-910-5627.