Seventh in a series on Bishop's Appeal
By Linda DeVries
Sharon never dreamed she would need help with her finances. She worked for more than 25 years for the Mirro Corp. in Manitowoc. When its manufacturing plant closed last September, Sharon and several hundred fellow employees lost their jobs.
"I guess I should have planned for something like this," said Sharon, "but I thought I'd always be working there."
At almost 50, Sharon (her name was changed for this story) began facing the realities of unemployment. Over the next few months she used up her savings. In February, she turned to Mirro's Employee Assistance Program, only to discover that their contract had expired. They referred her to Catholic Charities for free budget counseling.
"I called Catholic Charities and set up a meeting," Sharon said. "Beth [Snyder] helped me set up a budget and figure out how to pay my COBRA insurance. Then she developed a debt management plan for me." Full story ... Sidebar: Bishop's Appeal
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