COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The shutdown isn't only affecting furloughed workers. Businesses are feeling a trickle effect. So they want to help out.
A pilates studio in Colorado Springs is offering free classes to furloughed workers. It might seem like an unnecessary offer, but one Air Force Academy professor on furlough says it's exactly what he needs.
David Sacko was stretching out his stress on Friday (10/4/13). He's one of the 1,000 employees at the Air Force Academy on furlough.
"I had this feeling of being dislocated that I no longer had a place to be," said Sacko.
Sacko has showed up at the Academy for the last 12 years.
"I felt like I needed to be there, but I couldn't be there," he said.
Since October 1, he hasn't been allowed to step foot on campus.
"I can't connect with my students or colleagues. I can't engage in research related to my position at the academy," said Sacko.
He said if he knew the shutdown was only going to last two weeks, he could adjust the budget, take care of things he and his wife need to do. However, there is no end in sight.
"Not knowing is the terrible thing," said Sacko.
He and his wife have put their search for a new car and home on hold. The owner of Sun Pilates Studio Dawn King wants to make a difference.
"Our community is in need of some support," said King.
She decided to offer free classes for furloughed workers.
"Oh it's fantastic," said Sacko. "Pilates has been on my list. So this has been a breathe of fresh air."
King said,"It's great to be a positive space that people can come to and exercise is always a great stress reliever."
Stress once sitting on david's shoulders is now gone at least for a little while.
"It's tremendous to know that someone out there kind of feels us, feels our pain," said Sacko.
King said she'll keep the offer going for the next week. If the shutdown continues, she'll stretch out the free classes.