Today I talked with some of our intake volunteers about the folks they were meeting. One volunteer shared her experience with a client in his late fifties. He wasn’t ready to retire, but his company “downsized,” and his job was eliminated. Try as he might through applications and networking, he had no luck in finding a new job. Although his wife was still working, they had been dependent on his income. Suddenly the bills were mounting and there was nothing they could cut from their budget except food. The man expressed his sadness on two levels: first, he felt depressed about losing his job, but he also felt hopelessness in that no one seemed interested in hiring him at his age. This scenario hits home for a lot of people….the aging baby boomers are definitely at risk in this recession.
January 1, 2010