Participant 571 Community Conversations Written Interview



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Trenton, N.J.: New Jersey State Library



In this written interview, Participant 571 talks about the challenges they have experienced with job loss, financial instability, and a lack of government resources. The participant says that finances are a constant struggle for their family, but that food donations were an act of kindness they received during the pandemic. The participant shares that social isolation is a source of sadness, and that they are disappointed that their children are not socializing adequately because schools are closed. The participant expresses that they wish all information sources had translation services because sometimes they had to resort to using an online translator to understand COVID-19-related information available on the internet.


COVID-19 Health Behaviors, Social and Economic Factors, Financial_Economic (In)stability, Loss of Job or Business, Language as a Barrier, Lack of Financial Means to Support Basic Needs, Unpredictability, Negative Mental Health Outcomes, Acts of Kindness, Social Disconnect - Social Isolation and Loneliness, Resources Needed, Those Left out of Virus Response, Food Insecurity, Vaccine for COVID-19, Low Income Communities, Low Income Individuals, Frustrations with Lack of Adherence, Social Re-Connect, Secondary Suffering and Trauma, Undocumented Individuals, View of NJ Government's Response to the Pandemic, Self-Care Strategies, Employment, Essex Co. (N.J.), New Jersey, COVID-19 Pandemic