Translators Play Vital Role In Reed Center Unemployment Claims Event

Tuesday, July 7th 2020, 6:34 am
By: Caleb Califano

Midwest City -

The unemployment claims event at the Reed Center is in day four, and the process is starting to move along.

Tuesday's event is already full, which means around 500 people already had passes for their spot in line.

However, the OESC did emphasize there was still around 175 plus spots available for Wednesday, and around 200 plus for Thursday, which is the last claims event day at the Reed Center.

People who don't have passes will be given one in a separate line Tuesday morning.

People from all walks of life are waiting in line for help.

One of the most important workers is the translators.

For many in line English isn't their first language, making it harder for them to understand the process.

The multiple translators which specialize in Vietnamese and Spanish, can help people step by step, so that their needs can be met.

"She told me she wants to hug me so bad, but she couldn't. She told me that she could now pay rent, and that day I went home so happy because I helped somebody," said Jennifer Kieu, a Vietnamese translator.

Doors at the Reed Center open at 7 a.m., and workers like translators, work until 7 p.m.