Transportation

Nonprofit aims to help unemployment caused by lack of Syracuse transportation

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“Do you have a car?”

It was the first question he was asked almost every job interview.

And James Manyang was losing out on jobs because he didn’t. Eventually, he moved to Syracuse from Albany when a family friend promised him a job here.

Manyang, a refugee from South Sudan arrived in the United States in 2012. He’s taking care of his wife, two infant children, a 6-year-old son who is about to start elementary school and his cousin.

Once here, he worked from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. as a medical transport at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, moving patients around the building in stretchers and wheelchairs. But even though he had the job, at last, he still didn’t have the car.

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Chantel MorelNonprofit aims to help unemployment caused by lack of Syracuse transportation