ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
ONE ON ONE
Following nearly seven months of chaos and uncertainty, Iraqi nationals detained by ICE throughout the nation breathed a sigh of relief as Judge Mark Goldsmith issued an order on Tuesday, January 2, that stated those detained for six months or more, had the right to a bond hearing.
Taking the position of associate engineer at Lockheed, now known as Lockheed Martin, who had signed a contract with NASA to work on the space shuttle program, in April of 1981, Saad Jamoua was one of a small handful of foreigners and the only Iraqi working there.
Matthew Marroki made a mark in his community during his 17 years. Matthew is gone now, the victim of a tragic house fire in Sterling Heights last April 28. But Matthew’s memory will live on thanks to Matthew’s Masterpieces, a fundraising event in Matthew’s honor that channels his passions into support for a cause he loved.
Help Iraq’s Student 2 Student Coalition (S2S) is an organization that advocates for displaced Christians and other minority groups in Iraq. The group of compassionate students have to be creative in order to figure out ways to connect with their peers thousands of miles away.
It’s long been considered a rite of passage for high school seniors. Spring break vacation is a time to escape to a warm destination, let loose, have fun and forget about the pressures of school and college applications for a little while.
On Easter 2016, Venis Asmar Hamama lost her father. The following Friday, still dealing with the fallout of a dead parent, she was dealt another blow. Asmar Hamama was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.
Nobody is surprised that Nathan Shammo got the opportunity of his lifetime last summer when he was selected among hundreds of kids at a camp in Brighton to attend an FC Barcelona soccer clinic for nine days last month in Spain.
A 2015 Chaldean Chamber of Commerce humanitarian award recipient, Rafed Yaldo has spent years helping Christians and other minorities, especially those who suffered as a result of ISIS. Since his first trip to Iraq in November of 2014, when he witnessed firsthand the conditions of the displaced, he has worked diligently with the St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Diocese to provide them with various types of assistance. Along the way he learned from his fellow volunteers in Iraq about a group he wasn’t previously acquainted with – the Yazidis.
It’s been about 10 years since the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce first conducted a study of Chaldeans in Metropolitan Detroit. They have since wanted to examine changes in the Chaldean community so, along with the Chaldean Community Foundation, the chamber worked with the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Kurt R. Metzger and Associates to conduct a new survey.
As many members of the community participate in fasting or almsgiving for Lent, we wanted to know what Lent meant to the community.
As we dedicate the February issue to being our Annual Wedding Guide, we presented a series of wedding related questions for this month’s Chaldean on the Street.
ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
The Chaldean Iraqi American Association of Michigan honored Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim on November 30 at a dinner at Shenandoah Country Club. More than 600 people were in attendance as Bishop Ibrahim was honored for his moral, spiritual and financial support of Shenandoah throughout its history but most especially during the difficult economic times.
The Eastern Catholic Re-Evangelization Center (ECRC) once again hosted their annual Gather and Give Fundraising Dinner. This year’s theme was the Fruits of ECRC. The event was hosted at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield on October 26. The evening featured a raffle and silent auction that showcased an array of baskets and prizes, including a private dinner with Father Anthony for up to 20 people catered by Chef Carl Hakim and a Tigers game with Father Pierre.