Many Americans have found themselves collecting unemployment benefits and reaching out for help for the first time.
If the recession has driven you to food pantries or free health clinics, the unemployment or food stamp lines, tell us: How have you adjusted to your new reality?
Sister Denise Stiles, manager of the Center of Hope Christian Cupboard in Ravenna, OH
Amy Goldstein, national social policy reporter for the Washington Post
Dawn Bontrager, clinical social worker at Madison County Community Health Center in South Bend, IN