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Season of Sharing: Assistance with rent allows restaurant server to repair damage from COVID-19

Updated on February 9th, 2021 Written by Turning Points

Angie DiMichele Sarasota Herald-Tribune

As the onset of the devastating coronavirus pandemic is nearing its one-year mark, Jennifer Godsey is one who is still reeling in the wake of the financial damage she incurred last March.

For Godsey, life trucked along normally until March. By the middle of that month, restaurants were ordered to close on-site dining in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.

The leisure and hospitality industry in the United States became one of the hardest-hit industries. By April, the country’s unemployment rate reached 14.7% – an all-time high in the country’s history of unemployment data, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 23 million people were left without work as the pandemic continued to spread. 

Godsey, a 41-year-old Bradenton resident, needed to find help after the government-mandated restaurant shutdowns. 

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