I met Mark Kirchner on January 02, 2014, just as he was starting his life over again. He was a bit distraught and struggling with depression as he was recently divorced after 33-years of marriage.
Mark was unemployed at the time of our meeting but had worked doing jewelry design out of his home for many years. He tried unsuccessfully to get help with a small jewelry business start-up from the Workforce Center in St. Cloud. It turned out he was unable to get their assistance because he couldn’t read or write the business plan they requested. This made employment prospects very difficult. Mark was understandably frustrated.
Mark has severe dyslexia and he has a hard time performing daily tasks such as reading the mail, paying his bills, filing his personal papers or managing his bank statements. Even things others take for granted, grocery shopping and reading food labels for example, are a real struggle for Mark. While he was married his wife handled these things for the family, but once the divorce was final he was struggling, and on his own. ...
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