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Support for unemployed comes in variety of forms

1/7/2003 News media contact: Tim Tanton · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn.

NOTE: This tips list is a sidebar to UMNS story #005.

By Amy Green*

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - With the nation's economy still resisting recovery, churches are eager to help the unemployed. Here's how a few are doing it:

· Weekly seminars. Topics generally range from networking to negotiating for the highest salary to owning your own business.

· Support groups. Frequently incorporated with weekly seminars, these groups give job seekers a chance to hear from those who found a job after a layoff and learn how they dealt with unemployment.

· Work space. Some churches offer up their computers or fax machines when members don't have those things at home.

· Bills and rent. Some United Methodist churches have helped struggling families keep up with mounting expenses.

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