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A recession survival guide

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Recession survivalHard economic times are taking a personal toll on U.S. homeowners and among the growing ranks of unemployed Americans. As some watch their retirement nest eggs crushed beneath the collapse of Wall Street markets, others are wondering simply how to pay the bills after the emerging recession propels another round of manufacturing and white collar layoffs.

We're wondering how you're coping with these tough economic conditions, how you plan to weather them, and what impact they're having on your personal or spiritual priorities. Below are some links for finding direct assistance or a just a few ideas for locating new spiritual guideposts as these difficult conditions persist.

News stories:
Downturn leads to an upturn in interest in Catholic social teaching

Catholic newspaper to offer free ads for jobless and employers

Practical support for the unemployed

Parish's career ministry aids those left jobless by economic downturn

Can this market be saved?

American dreams deferred 


Spiritual support:
Give me a sign

Help wanted: Surviving the spiritual challenges of unemployment

Asking for direction ... finally

"Don't miss the second half"

Maxed out: Spiritual cost of debt

Finding help for depression


From the blogs:
Free market meltdown

Don't just do something, stand there!!

The Catholic Marx

The Amish Economy

Faith stimulus


Misc. resources:
The American Workplace: Economic Policy, Moral Dimensions

Interfaith Worker Justice: Unemployment and the Economic Crisis Toolkit

Can my boss do that?


Unemployment links:
National unemployment resources

The AFL-CIO unemployment guide

Career Planning help from

Get Help from Catholic Charities USA


How I'm coping with America's economic downturn