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Financial Converstations with Fitz #1 - Community Action Groups for Assistance During Tough Times - 12/8/2008

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Winter Storm Warning!!!!  I guess we do live in Iowa!!!   Had a great busy Friday with our open houses.  A lot of community events over the weekend.  Lots of music with two concerts.  I am ready for Christmas.  I want to be sure to remind people about “All is Calm” that is being held on Friday night at the 1st United Methodist Church in Algona.  A true story professionally done about the Christmas Truce of 1914.  It is on my schedule.  You can check out on the web site. 

I have attended several “Community Action Meetings “the last two weeks.  The group is made up of Social Services, Churches, County, Extension, Banks and Regional Agencies.  They are trying to centralize efforts to help our citizens out in several areas of concern with the economy and jobs.  We have discussed some of these topics before in our visits.  The concerns are sorted into:  Unemployment issues and finding carryover jobs; health insurance options with job changes or layoffs; housing payments weather bank payments or rent; maintaining utility service; food options and most importantly awareness of mental health issues when families are struggling.  We are attempting to consolidate what each of them does and how to contact them.  There is a phone number that has most of these listed in our communities of #211.   Just dial it and it will list for your area the contacts.  We will work thru the agencies to get these contacts out. 

We have several different ages and family structures.  My age and above remember from our parents what it was like in the 20’s and 30’s.  A lot of young people have never participated in anything like this.  It does build character………I do like to read the comments of FDR as we worked thru the last big crisis.  “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…..”There seems to be a lot of similarities, maybe not quite as bad, to what happened before and where we might be headed today.  The key is to bond together with family and neighbors to support each other.   Sort out the things you can control and the things you can’t control.  Discuss openly with the entire family that together we can make it thru all of this. Make Fear the motivator for a plan and take action.

Call or stop in to see us if you have any questions in any of our three offices.  Get to a Christmas program at your school or church or community.  You will feel better!!!!!

Forest City - 641-585-3247
Thompson - 641-584-2275
Titonka  - 515-928-2142

Remember that you should deal with people in community banks and organizations.  When you work with them, you know that you will also see them sitting with you at ball games, church or community events.  So, if in doubt give us a call.

Paul Fitzgerald VP Community Development
Titonka Savings Bank