In March of 2020, COVID-19 started impacting the lives of many families in Jefferson County and around the world. This is the story of how it impacted Nicole, a single mother of a 7-year old daughter, and how the wonderful Hands Community provided hope to Nicole and her daughter through transportation.
Nicole is a single mom who supports her 7-year old daughter. Her daughter is currently being homeschooled during the pandemic, like so many children locally. In March, 2020, as businesses started to shut down due to the effects of the Covid-19 virus, Nicole was impacted by the shutdown and was laid off from her position as a caregiver at a hospice facility. She was fortunate to qualify for unemployment benefits at the time, but looking for employment since has been scarce, as many facilities where she is qualified to work have been limited or shut down completely.
In light of everything going on, Nicole could no longer continue to make payments on her vehicle and returned it to the finance company, leaving her without transportation. Shortly after losing her vehicle, she found out about Hands through Next Door, a neighborhood hub, and through neighbors as well.
Nicole applied to the Hands Vehicle Placement Program and we’re elated to share that on October 6, 2020, Nicole was placed into a 2003 Mazda sedan. In a note to Hands, Nicole shared, “I am extremely grateful to Hands for taking the time and effort to ensure the vehicle is safe, and for a maintenance program that continues to provide services for single women.”