Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 21, 2009

Program aids struggling residents

GLASGOW — Tammy Neagle was one of several who turned out Thursday for the “One Stop Shop Service Fair” for those who have been affected by the economic downturn.

The event was sponsored by United Way of Southern Kentucky at the Barren County Extension Office.

Neagle, of Smiths Grove, was laid off three weeks ago from SR of Kentucky Inc. in Bowling Green. The plant, which does injection molding, electroplating, finishes and grill assembly for the automotive industry, is shutting down. She had worked for the company for nine years.

“I really liked it. It was a good place to work,” she said. “We had a lot of different management coming in and out, but other than that it was good.”

Neagle plans to go back to school and pursue another career, but she has yet to decide what she wants to study.

“I thought I wanted to go into medical,” she said, but she fears she doesn’t have the proper math skills to become an X-ray technician or a registered nurse.

Neagle hoped she would find someone at the service fair who could lend her a hand. She was also looking for additional services for her daughter, who has Down’s Syndrome. Her daughter, who is 3, will begin preschool soon and she fears the school won’t be able to provide her with the therapy she needs.

The purpose of the service fair was to help people like Neagle.

“We thought, given the current economic conditions, which, certainly, that’s not new news to anyone, but it has created a whole new group of people needing services that have never needed services before or not in a very long time,” said Debbie Hills, executive vice president of United Way of Southern Kentucky. “So, we created this as a one stop shop where people with varying needs can come and gather information about agency services that might assist them.”

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