From prosperity to homelessness and back again

Peter Chiapetta found during the lowest point in his life that, “while people will disappoint, it is more than offset by people showing up to help.” Photo By Patrick L. Sullivan

One man’s journey

LIME ROCK — In 2008 Peter Chiapetta was doing pretty well for himself, working as the chief financial and administrative officer for an equestrian travel business in Millbrook. The former hedge fund manager was happy to be out of that particular game and was enjoying living in the country.

“When I started, the economy was still OK,” said Chiapetta, who now lives in Lime Rock.

But in the fall of 2008, when the economy did its downward spiral, cancellations began to outnumber bookings, and by April 2009 the business was closed and Chiapetta was looking for work.

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