IRSC member Mussie Zena
Second year member
Site: Catholic Charities of Indianapolis
Primary duties: “I serve in the CCI Office of Employment Services helping immigrants and refugees with employment appointments and interviews. I also help with transportation and interpreting anything Tigrnya (Eritrean Language) and Amharic (Ethiopian Language) in the office.”
Country of origin: Eritrea, located in East Africa. He has been in the U. S. since 2009.
Best thing about being an AmeriCorps member: “I love being an AmeriCorps member and am proud of what IRSC does,” Mussie said. “I have gained tremendous knowledge and experience through my service. Through the IRSC, I have attended many events and workshops that have helped me fit into Indianapolis. I was able to know plenty of resources and opportunities that we immigrant and refugee communities have in Indianapolis.
“Additionally, I am able to connect my Eritrean and Ethiopian communities to resources and opportunities in Indianapolis to benefit themselves and be productive citizens.”
What others think of his AmeriCorps service: “When I tell people I am a member of the AmeriCorps they are interested to know more about the program,” Mussie said. “Some people have asked how they could be part of AmeriCorps.”
Additional Community Involvement: New Immigrant Center Natural Helper
Education: bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Asmara, Eritrea and a master’s degree in tourism management from University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Family: wife and three children
Hobbies:meeting and speaking with new people
Tags: Catholics, IRSC, newcomers, refugees