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Local News in Brief : Thousands Raised for Ethiopian Center

A South-Central Los Angeles center that attempts to provide Ethiopian refugees and immigrants with emergency shelter, food, financial aid and immigration information will be able to stay open for a time after almost $10,000 was raised at a dinner and Ethiopian fashion show, staff members said Monday.

Ethiopian Community Center Outreach Services volunteer worker Peter Haberl said between $8,000 and $10,000 was raised for the facility from Friday night’s event at the Proud Bird Restaurant. About 200 people were addressed by Assemblywoman Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) and by Tsehaye Teferre, an expert on Ethiopian refugee problems.

Saba Hile Maskel, the center’s executive director, said the center has had difficulty supporting its programs in mental and physical health care as well as English language workshops, job placement and drug- or alcohol-abuse seminars.


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