Back to work

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.



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.

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