Federal workers short on cash can get some free stress relief.
Manchester Acupuncture Studio, which operates in Manchester and Nashua, said Tuesday it was offering complimentary treatments to workers affected by the partial federal shutdown.
“We can all relate to the stress that comes with uncertainty about the future,” said Executive Director Andy Wegman. “While we can’t change these current circumstances, we can offer folks a real opportunity for stress relief.”
The partial government shutdown entered its 25th day Tuesday as the White House and congressional Democrats remained far apart on whether to provide funds for a border wall or fence.
The Friendly Toast restaurant in Portsmouth is providing free meals, and Triangle Credit Union is offering financial assistance with cash flow for cash-starved workers affected by the federal government shutdown, the latest of several area financial institutions to promise relief.
The Congress Street restaurant is offering free meals during breakfast, lunch and dinner for federal government employees, plus a guest, who present proof of employment for the duration of the shutdown.
“We at The Toast want those experiencing the effect of the shutdown to have a normal dining experience when they visit during this time and not worry about the bill,” said Eric Goodwin, owner of The Friendly Toast, in a statement. “This is our way to recognize and say thank you to federal and government employees for their hard work and acknowledge all that they do during this challenging time.”
Affected workers can show their federal ID or proof of employment to their server. The free meal includes an entree for you and a soft drink. Affected workers can eat up to three meals a day if they like, according to a spokesperson.
Meanwhile, aviation inspectors warned that fewer safety inspectors was lowering safety standards at airports around the nation. Airline companies may conduct their own inspections, but Federal Aviation Administration inspectors who typically check the work of airlines have been furloughed since Dec. 22.
“The government shutdown has put a tremendous strain on the workers, but more so I believe it has put a strain on the aviation industry and its safety,” Belmont resident Stephen K. Brown said in a statement,
“Unscrupulous or naive operators and operations can be conducted within our system without any regulatory oversight, inspections or investigations,” said Brown, an aviation safety inspector who works at the FAA’s Boston Flight Standards District Office.
In helping strapped families, Triangle Credit Union announced Tuesday it was offering help to members affected by the shutdown. Triangle will waive the fee for federal employees affected by the shutdown to skip loan payments without charge. Triangle also will advance them the amount of their net pay for up to a month, depending on when the shutdown ends. Those affected also can withdraw money from their CD without penalty.
In Manchester, Gustavo Moral, president of Independent Services Network, a private human services company serving adults and children, wants to help.
“We’re going to try to do a collection from the employees,” Moral said.
The company, which employs more than 100 in New Hampshire, can’t donate itself because it receives state and federal money, he said.
Moral was contacted by Suncook businessman Bulent Kelekci, co-owner of New Hampshire Exteriors, who in recent days has reached out to business people he knew about taking up a collection for federal workers.
Moral was working on details Tuesday.