A photographer sets out to find two friends living on the streets of downtown Austin amid the pandemic.

by Camille Wheeler

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Senior police officer Kat Ratcliff responds to more calls, more restrictions, and more risk as she serves her community during the pandemic.

by Kelly West

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Oakland at Risk matches high-risk residents with neighbors who are ready to offer support.

By Martin do Nascimento and Austin Price

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A UBI pilot program offers transition-age foster youth $1000 a month. We talk to the county supervisor that started it about where the idea came from and where it could be heading.

By Martin do Nascimento

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Hospice chaplains are finding creative ways to connect with clients and provide comfort despite social distancing.

By Jim Tuttle and Cecily Sailer

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Dining room managers for Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa are still serving meals, but miss gathering around a table.

By Martin do Nascimento and Cecily Sailer

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Cherice Harrison-Nelson stays grounded by the cultural traditions that her family has honored for generations.

by Kelly West

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White Pony Express is adapting every aspect of its operations to fight the growing food insecurity crisis in Contra Costa, California.

By Martin do Nascimento and Austin Price

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Amy Price is fundraising for Austin’s homeless in an altered landscape, and from a distance.

by Cecily Sailer

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Austin Doerr is trying to hold on to his family’s small business in the wake of stay-at-home orders.

by Kelly West

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A conversation with Serita Cox of iFoster on overcoming the digital divide between foster youth and their peers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

by Martin do Nascimento

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With health issues that make her vulnerable to the coronavirus, 85-year-old Eloise is adjusting to life in quarantine.

By Jim Tuttle

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UT’s Dell Medical School launches the COVID-19 ATX Exchange to funnel PPE donations to “second-line” care workers.

By Cecily Sailer

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Homeless, living with HIV, and lacking antiretroviral medication, Bella Casebolt is fighting to survive.

By Martin do Nascimento

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For the president and CEO of Samaritan House, protecting at-risk residents during the COVID-19 crisis requires vigilance and hope.

By Cecily Sailer

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A grassroots effort in New Orleans is feeding front line hospital workers and helping local restaurants stay in business.

By Kelly West

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As COVID-19 arrived in Texas, nurse Andrea Dunn learned she’s six weeks pregnant with her second child.

By Cecily Sailer

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For many Texans concerned during the COVID-19 crisis, the 211 hotline offers verified information, reassurance, resources, and compassion.

By Cecily Sailer

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For birth worker Ellen Gonzalez, the COVID-19 crisis makes it more difficult to support and connect with her clients when they need her most.

By Kelly West

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For Oakland’s unhoused population, survival during the COVID-19 crisis becomes harder by the day, but advocate Derrick Soo isn’t slowing down.

By Cecily Sailer and Martin do Nascimento

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While Austin shelters in place during the COVID-19 crisis, Mutchler finds new appreciation for his job at a local grocery store.

By Cecily Sailer

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Mutual aid organizations are forming across the country to fill in the gaps for their communities affected by COVID-19

By Kelly West

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Hernandez continues to visit her in-home care clients during the COVID-19 crisis — she says they need her now more than ever.

By Kelly West and Cecily Sailer

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Groups addressing food insecurity are scrambling to stock clients’ pantries with food during a sudden pandemic.

By the Stories Team

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Two mental and spiritual wellness experts share insights on caring for ourselves and others as we enter a new phase of separation.

By Cecily Sailer

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Your insight and experience can help us understand how people and organizations are affected and learn what would help you most right now, so we can spread the word. 

One small Austin food pantry is on a mighty mission to end food insecurity and waste.

By Kelly West and Katie Friel

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A Los Angeles nonprofit is challenging the prevailing narratives on foster care.

By Martin do Nascimento and Anthony Pico

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At Simple Sparrow Care Farm people learn how to grow gardens and care for animals, and along the way, they also learn how to care for themselves.

by Kelly West and Caitlin Meredith

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At Dig Deep Farms in Ashland, California, formerly incarcerated people like Philip Bonds and Kimberly Thomas are welcomed to learn, work and contribute to their community through paid reentry internships aimed at reducing recidivism.

By Martin do Nascimento and Katie Friel

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Barn Yard Equine was founded by two friends who had seen how working with horses can benefit people with disabilities.

By Jim Tuttle

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Anthony Pico speaks to Reed Connell from A Home Within, a national organization that connects current and former foster youth to therapy services.

By Martin do Nascimento and Omar L. Gallaga

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“You guys are like heroes for the city,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler says when he addresses the group set to take an annual census of people experiencing homelessness.

By Omar L. Gallaga and Kelly West

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Not Your Typical Culinary Academy trains young adults with developmental disabilities. “It’s amazing when somebody gets a chance and has the right support, what they’re capable of accomplishing in life.”

By Jim Tuttle

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Asociación Mayab was founded in 2003 to promote Mayan cultural events, but the San Francisco-based group soon began receiving requests for interpretation services.

By Martin do Nascimento and Omar L. Gallaga

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Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun organized several hundred volunteers to paint homes and build wheelchair ramps at a mobile home park in Arizona.

By Jim Tuttle and Omar L. Gallaga

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On a 3.5 acre farm in East Austin, Urban Roots serves teens and young adults through paid internships that focus not just on farming, but also on their growth as leaders and good citizens.

By Kelly West and Omar L. Gallaga

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The Mercy Brown Bag Program in Alameda County, California has been providing meals for seniors for more than three decades, and now it has a new way to do it: a special delivery truck.

By Martin do Nascimento and Omar L. Gallaga

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At Ivy Tech Community College, a network of more than 40 campuses in Indiana, a pillar of their strategic plan is to ensure the basic needs of students are met.

By Kelly West and Jodi Gonzalez

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