Justin Sanchez, an unemployed carpenter, sits at the table with his wife, Laura, after learning they had three days to vacate their Las Vegas home because of foreclosure. (Ricky Carioti/WASHINGTON POST)

Jewel Beamon, a former special projects associate from Oxon Hill, Md. said she was “just up front and honest” with her daughter.

Kim Patterson, a former writer from North Carolina doesn’t have children. But she recalled when her father tearfully told her that he had lost his job.

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