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The center also will have services geared toward the Hispanic community, including those seeking work from contractors at the Home Depot site. In addition, the center will offer a wide range of classes, from language immersion to financial literacy and assistance with preparing local and federal income-tax forms.

Without doubt, the center envisioned for Ward 5 has the potential to be a national model showcasing how employment and training services focusing on blacks, Hispanics and any other underserved group can be incorporated in a single inclusive facility. As the debate about immigration reform continues, my focus is on bringing employment and training services into the neighborhoods that need them the most.

HARRY “TOMMY”

THOMAS JR.

D.C. Council

Ward 5

Washington