Local business helps civilian furloughed employees at Cherry Point

Local business helps civilian furloughed employees at Cherry Point

HAVELOCK, CRAVEN COUNTY - It has been more than two weeks since thousands of employees at bases in our area started being furloughed, which includes hundreds at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

One Havelock business owner is trying to help those employees during this time by providing discounts to civilian employees.  Jennifer Rossi is the owner of Our Town Cafe on West Main Street. She said on civilian employees' required day off, Monday or Friday, she offers 20 percent off their purchase.

"As long as someone comes in and shows their government ID they get 20 percent off," Rossi said.

She said on July 8th, after furloughs began at Cherry Point, she decided to help her community through her business.

"They lost 20 percent of their pay, and I know it doesn't compare to their 20 percent pay loss by any means, but it's a little bit," Rossi said.

Wendy Doubles works as a helicopter engineer at Cherry Point. She said even though she knew the day was coming, it was still not what she expected.

"First pay check, you know you're going to lose one full day. You just don't realize what one full day of lost salary does to your check," Doubles said.

She said it's businesses like Our Town Cafe that remind her she's not alone.

"It's awesome, it makes you feel cared for. It makes you feel like you mean something to them. Coming here is like coming to family," Doubles said.

The Department of Defense says civilian employees will be furloughed up to 11 days between July 8 and Sept. 28, 2013.

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