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St. Louis Area Job Fair

Posted by Schevus on March 6, 2009

According to the United Way, “at the end of 2008 more than 108,000 people were unemployed in the St. Louis Metro Region.” Wow!

There will be a Job Fair held by the Partnership for the New Workforce on Thursday, 26 March. The event will run from 1 – 4 PM and will be at the following location:

The MET Center
6347 Plymouth Avenue
Wellston, MO 63133

The purpose of the job fair is expressed in the United Way press release:

The Partnership for the New Workforce (Partnership) is a collaboration of area employers, and employment and training service providers whose primary goal is to bring together trained and work ready job seekers with employers who need new workers. The goal of the partnership is to support employers and employees in ways that encourage retention and advancement in the workplace. The Partnership targets the employment and career development needs of first time job seekers as well as others who are reentering the job market, including older workers, ex-offenders, empty nesters and individuals with disabilities.

If you have lost your job because of the economy (or for any reason), it is important to be extremely proactive in attempting to regain employment. With so many people scrambling for jobs, you must do everything you can to stand out from the crowd and get noticed by potential employers. If you need more information about the job fair, you can contact the United Way at 314-539-4072.

Much thanks to Carrie Zukoski from the United Way for passing along this information.


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Are You Impacted?

Posted by Schevus on February 25, 2009

I will be honest – I have not been personally impacted by the current economic situation. I have a good job, my wife and I were just pre-approved for a nice sized mortgage loan, we have paid off nearly all of our debt, and we have accumulated some serious savings. I do not say this to boast, merely to share that I really have not been affected.

This lack of impact extends to those around me as well. I only know one person who has been laid off that might have been a result of the economy (granted many of the people I know are in the military). The charities I work with have of course been affected, but even Shalom House recently got a significant grant and is looking at expanding its programs.

So, are you impacted? Have you lost your job? Are you losing or have you lost your home? If you have been impacted, what steps were you forced to take to survive? I would like to hear your story to get a better grasp of the personal side of the recession. Also, as always, if you are in need of services and are having trouble finding them yourself please leave a comment and I will gladly help you.

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Innocent Bystanders

Posted by Schevus on December 8, 2008

The harsh economic times affect everyone, even those who have no concept of money. I am talking about our furry and feathered friends. Pets are suffering as a result of the economic downturn, and especially because of the housing crisis. As people lose their homes to foreclosure, there is often no place left for pets. As a result, animal shelters are bursting at maximum capacity across the country.

My wife and I have adopted all three of our cats from the Belleville Area Humane Society. In order to exploit everyone’s inescapable love of cute pet pictures, here are our rascals:


Merle – We think he is a little “special”


Nick – Always a ham for the camera


Christy – Famous for her crabby look

Best Buddies

Best buddies

Shelter pets make wonderful companions. They are incredibly loving and happy to have a good home. I suspect that Nick spent a fair bit of time on the street because he was extremely skittish at first. Over time (a year plus), he is becoming more and more lovable and wants more and more attention.

In addition to adopting, we also donate toys and such to the shelter occasionally, as well as a recurring monetary donation. Most shelters have wish lists, and most things on them are very inexpensive, but immensely appreciated.

If you have room for an addition to your household, I encourage you to consider adopting a pet. With the shelters taxed, many animals are being put down that could otherwise lead long happy lives in a good home. With Christmas around the corner, a pet would also make an excellent gift. Please think seriously about adopting first though, because shelters see an influx of drop offs after the holidays. By adopting you will gain a friend for life!

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