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Struggling, With Hope

In People on May 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm

By: Sean Maiolo

It seems that whenever economic experts and other talking heads drone endlessly about the weak and gloomy state of the American economy, the individuals and families struggling the most never garner much attention.

When talking about economic hardships, the role of those people is almost more to impress a substantial lasting effect upon viewers, listeners and readers. The sheer quantity of people struggling from day to day possesses at least some degree of shock-value even if those numbers have hardly changed over the continuing life of this recession.

There is no one person or one family barely getting by. Instead there are millions upon millions of people. But those statistics, although eye-catching, reflect only a long series of numerals strung together to form one large number.

Therefore, as the old adage goes, the numbers never tell the whole story. Read the rest of this entry »


Changing the Face of Farming

In People on May 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Grape farmer and winemaker Nick Mobilia traces the history of his family farm and how they have adapted their operations over the decades to the ever changing market and economy.

For Richer or Poorer

In People on May 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm


The economy has taken a large effect on how people live their lives. It has even taken a drastic effect on marriages. Many people have divorced due to economic woes, but more commonly people are forced to stay together unhappily married. Deborah Marmolejo is an example of someone who had to stay in a poor marriage because she could not survive on her own financially outside of it.

Generational curses

In People on May 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm


Cleveland Ohio is known for the city of rock and roll, but over the years it hasnt been rocking very much. Cleveland is one of the worst cities in the country to suffer from poverty. There are interviews of local barbers who express their thoughts about the working poor in Cleveland and America in general. One man express his thoughts on how he use to have a reliable manufacturing job until machines changed industrialization completely. There is an interview of a ex-felon who is struggling to find a job, because of his felony record.

Dealing with Student Debt

In People on May 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm

By: Tim Reeder

Student loan debt surpassed credit card debt in 2012. Graduates spend ten percent or more of their paychecks on student loans.

Representative Hansen Clarke of Michigan proposed the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012. This would forgive student loan debt for those who have paid 10 percent of their discretionary income toward their loans for 10 years and would cap interest on federal student loans at the current rate of 3.4 percent. After five years, teachers, public servants, and medical practitioners could have their debt forgiven.

If the act becomes law, Read the rest of this entry »

Believe In Yourself

In People on May 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm


One of the most common misconceptions is the assumption that if someone is hungry it means that they do not have a job or they are living on the streets. Anyone can experience food hunger and it affects many millions of Americans. Many families who do have jobs work all day and night to get enough money to feed their children. There are many other families who do not meet those requirements. A website called Feeding America has many hunger facts about families who struggle with hunger. “Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger.  These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.”

The poverty level in America increases every single day.  In 2009 over 8.8 million families were in poverty. Families who are in poverty have a really hard time dealing with hunger issues. There are over millions and millions of people that suffer from poverty. Thankfully enough there are food pantries for people who cannot afford food for their loved ones. Read the rest of this entry »

Suddenly single

In People on May 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

By: Maura Sirianni

The majority of individuals who are raising children alone, start out in committed relationships, and never expected to be single parents.  84% of single parents in America, are women.  Andrea Rose was married for 2 years before she suddenly became a single parent.  “At the time, my son was two and a half years old and my daughter was eighteen months.  My husband worked while I stayed at home with our kids.  We were living off of one paycheck when before I knew it, my husband left.  Suddenly, he was gone and I had no income,” Rose says.

45% of mothers were married before they became a single parent

In 2007, a year before Rose’s struggles began, she volunteered her time as a mentor to a single homeless mother, through a program called Bridge of Hope.  As a Bridge of Hope mentor, Rose became a friend and support system for the young mother.

For a year, Rose was a member of the group that mentored the young mother.  Eventually the mentors helped the mom move into an apartment of her own.  “I was mentoring this woman when all of the sudden, events in my own life took a similar turn,” Rose says.

Roles switched as Rose found herself needing the same type of assistance as she was giving.  Rose’s situation is unique to Bridge of Hope.  Typically, a person will sign up to become a mentor after she has gone through the program.

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Carmen Crespo: Working Mom

In People on May 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm


Carmen Crespo was born in Puerto Rico and raised in North Philadelphia, PA.  She is a mother of three who moved to Erie, PA from Camden, NJ in 1992 to give her daughters better opportunities.

Carmen remains active in her community to show her daughters a better way of life and demonstrate that it is important to know what’s going on in their community. Read the rest of this entry »

Change of Plans

In People on May 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

By Anthony LoPinto

Editors note: At the request of the subjects of this story, pseudonyms have been used to protect anonymity. Names and pictures are not reflective of the subjects. Aside from the pseudonyms, the story is factual.

It’s too soon

Katherine and Neil Brisker planned everything. Both in their late twenties – and both earning comfortable wages – they had met individual challenges through their five-year marriage and enjoyed a stable life.

They contributed to a savings account and settled in a safe neighborhood with good schools in Greensburg, Pa. Their life was close to ideal when they chose to have their first child.

At first, that planning paid off. They approached the baby boy’s June 6, 2011, due date with a sense that they had taken all necessary measures to make the transition to parenthood a seamless one. But on the morning of March 20, Katherine, 29 weeks pregnant, awoke confused and concerned.

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A Womens struggle for stability

In People on May 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm


Not everyone has the luxury of owning having a good job, owning a nice house, and making ends meet. And many Americans every day face the fact of not being able to pay the bills or put food on the table.  Some people need the help of Food Banks, Food stamps, and shelters.

A girl named Danielle Richter, 23, has struggled with money every day of her life. Danielle grew up in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania a small town near Butler.

Growing up her parents didn’t teach her how to save her money for bills and food. “Growing up my parents never had a lot of money and I was never taught that you needed to save for anything. But obviously when I got into college I realized that wasn’t true”, Danielle said.

Then Danielle went to college and reality hit. Most students struggle through college making ends meet because there isn’t time for a full time job. “I worked at Perkins a few hours a week but that didn’t help out much with the bills. Then I got a job at Lowes which made me a little more money but they wanted me to work too many hours and I could not keep up with my school work”. Read the rest of this entry »