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Published: Wed, July 29, 2009 @ 12:01 a.m.

Editors note: This is the fourth story The Vindicator has written about the Bishops of Boardman and how the family has coped with unemployment and job hunting.

Dave Bishop’s new employer found him through Vindicator articles.

By DENISE DICK

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

SALEM — After nearly three months of unemployment, Boardman couple Dave and Cheryl Bishop are working again.

“It’s nice to just be able to go, ‘Whew,’” Dave said.

Cheryl started training in early June for an assistant store manager job at JCPenney.

“I love it,” she said. “I love the company.”

Her training is at the Southern Park Mall store, although she could be placed in a store anywhere within 250 miles.

Shortly after Cheryl started her new job, Dave got hired as assistant store manager at Busy Beaver in Salem.

“This place is pretty much like a family,” Dave said. “I really like it.”

Cheryl responded to an ad JCPenney placed looking for a manager at a Mentor, Ohio, store. Someone else got hired for that position, but the company hired her for a future opening.

Several years ago, Dave worked at Stambaugh’s in Salem for a short time. After that chain of hardware stores closed, Busy Beaver moved in about six months later. Some of the employees from Stambaugh’s were hired by the new store.

One of those employees was looking up former Stambaugh’s coworkers to possibly fill positions at Busy Beaver. The woman ran a Google search of Dave and found the Vindicator articles chronicling his and Cheryl’s job searches.

The store contacted the Mahoning County One Stop, where The Vindicator first met the couple, and that agency got in touch with Dave — who called the store.

Their jobs couldn’t have come soon enough.

Their daughter, Rachael, 15, injured her anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, at a dance recital and needs surgery. Health insurance available through JCPenney will help them cover the costs.

Those early doctor visits though, before insurance kicked in, put a pinch on the family’s finances.

“Everyone was pretty understanding,” Dave said of the bills. “They understood our situation.”

Cheryl lost her job at Circuit City last March. She worked for 21 years at the company that went out of business. Dave spent most of his career in middle management and sales positions. When his last sales job ended, Cheryl was traveling a lot for work so Dave opted to stay home with the kids and fix a house he bought.

They collected unemployment while looking for work and the family of four — they also have a son, Kyle, 13 — cut back to make ends meet. Rachael’s participation in dance competitions had to be reduced, the family stopped going out as often and Dave took pride in feeding the family dinner on $10 per day.

Some of that remains.

“We’re still pretty conservative,” Dave said. “We’re not going out to eat as much.”

When friends invite them to dinner or an outing, they think about finances before deciding whether to accept. Still, they’re breathing much easier now.

“We don’t have to worry and think about it as much,” Cheryl said.

denise_dick@vindy.com


Comments

1FalconFighter(38 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

There are millions of Americans struggling through these tough times every day. What makes this family iconic enough to create a documentary for them?

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Yes, economic times are tough. Many of us have gone through the same issues with unemployment. Wish them well and move onto bigger and mor eimportant stories Vindy!

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3HundredReasons(31 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Falcon, stop with the victim mentality. Should they have picked you, me, my neighbor... who gets picked? What's your criteria? Wish them well and go do something good for the community rather than wallowing in your own negativity.

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4msweetwood(161 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

We have written a lot of stories since the economic meltdown last fall featuring the stories of many Valley residents trying to cope in the new economy. The Bishops were the one family that allowed us really unprecedented access to their lives. They did not know - nor did we - how this story would end up. We really appreciate their openness and we are happy to see them embark on this latest phase of their lives.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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5FalconFighter(38 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

I have a hundred reasons on how I do good for my community everyday of my life. However, I wish to remain anonymous.

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6JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

This story is both timely and interesting. Do some more good for your community by being appreciative when more of its members are working.

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7teddybear6(35 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

This story gives a glimmer of hope to all of us who are struggling out there. It says don't give up, have faith, stick together and things will get better. It may not be as fast as we want or the exact way we want it, but it will get better.

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8YSUPenguin(30 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

This story should encourage people to get an education (beyond high school) so they're not stuck working in retail for the rest of their lives! But the Youngstown mentality really doesn't encourage that since people here seem to only do the bare minimum (or less) just to get by and then blame others when they are hit with hard times.

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9aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

It almost seems like everyone is criticizing this couple for getting jobs!

Hm, such a novel idea. Having a job! Clearly they show that although it is not exactly an easy process these days, it can be done!

Congratulations to the Bishop family for doing everything in their power to survive this situation. It's good to see that there are people out there that are succeeding despite the circumstances. Hopefully it encourages others to not give up.

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10DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

It is imperative that the Bishops only advance to a level that keeps their incomes under a certain level. In our wonderful country the rich are scorned and hated because the majority of them worked very hard to obtain their wealth. They should be looked on to provide for the rest of society who does not work or who does not WANT to work. It is better that D.C. take more of their wealth rather than the rich providing more jobs.
The Bishops should find a nice spot in the middle somewhere and by no means work hard to advance because the others will only want to bring them back down and make everything equal again.

I hope these two work hard enough to make 6 figures a piece. The reality is that they will only be punished for their efforts in the long run though. God bless the Republic.

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11Eric(196 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Hey YSU,

How do you know how much education the Bishops have? I don't recall any of the articles discussing that (but I could be mistaken). Education alone does not equal success. Hard work needs to be combined with education.

And what is wrong with working in retail? I have a graduate degree, and some of my classmates in my graduate program worked in retail management positions. They made a respectable salary, but more importantly, they enjoyed going to work every day. In fact, Wal-Mart does college recruiting. Someone needs to take care of the stores that you patronize, and I certainly wouldn't demean the jobs those people elect to do.

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12philobeto(85 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Eric,

Normally you work your way up in a retail company, and the company trains you for management, but times are always changing and some companies may require a degree. I suppose that may be the norm now, but it's literally impossible to go to school with retail hours unless your company is very pro education.
I worked the retail gig for about 5 years while putting myself through school, and when management possibilities were presented, I quickly passed. Long hours (48 on avg. and salary), low pay, subpar benefits, and you have to put up with a lot of bull. And if you don’t' work with good people, it makes for one long day. And, then there's the lovely public to deal with. You better like people! God I can't tell you how much I despise going into Element-mart. It's the worst shopping experience one can endure! And as far as respectable? Let’s just say you won’t see much from those you serve.

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13aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Phil, face it. What job is there that doesn't require you to work with people to some degree or another?

I worked in retail for a little over two years. I hated it. But, in these times, you have to take what you can get and what you're comfortable with. Once again, why are we criticizing these people for actually wanting to work?

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14philobeto(85 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

I'm not criticizing these folks AE, God bless them and I'm truely glad they have work and they are meeting their needs. However it's a tough unrewarding job, but I guess rewards are what you make of it. Like you, I chose not persue this career field, but I'm certainly not criticizing them.

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15Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Doc Gonzo called it.

Another lesson on how the progressive income tax and other liberal creations promote the class system and prevent upward mobility. IE, War on the American Dream:

Let's say the Bishops took out a loan to start a business, or further their education...whatever. Let's than say they became successful, and their incomes rose. As their incomes rose, so would the % of their income that would be seized by the government. In other words, they may have difficulty paying off the principal and growing interest on the loan because their earnings were being squandered by the government.

The system is designed to keep the poor poor and the wealthy wealthy. Remember, wealth isn't taxed, income (production) is.

In the People's Republic of America, the Bishop's are screwed...

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16FalconFighter(38 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Capt Linger, thats not cheryl, thats rachael, their 15 yr old daughter, you pervert!!

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