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Finding Resilience in Tough Times

When Tracy became unemployed during the economic downturn of 2008, at first, he didn’t worry. The restaurant he was managing closed, and he figured it wouldn’t take long to find another job. “I thought, it’s not going to be a problem, I’ve always gotten work,” he said.

He began an extensive job search—sending out job applications and resumes, attending job fairs and interviews and reached out to everyone he knew to inquire about job openings. But nothing resulted in the employment he needed.

Then the days became weeks, and the weeks became months, and Tracy became afraid. “I’d never seen anything like it, and I was scared, I was really scared, and I didn’t know what I was going to do,” Tracy said.

For help, Tracy turned to Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners, a United Way partner that provides support for needs like housing, food assistance and employment. Tracy found the financial support he needed to keep his housing, and the emotional support he needed to stay focused on his job skills and prospects.

In time, Tracy found gainful employment, and was able to get back on his feet. After a long period of hardship, Tracy feels restored and optimistic.

“Life today, I love it,” he said.

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