For the last seven years, Angelica Solivan’s job has been to help families in North Port find support through programs as a social worker.

She never thought she would find herself in need of those same community support services one day.

Once the COVID-19 pandemic began to shutter businesses and schools, the day she would need to ask for help came not long after. As a caseworker to 17 families, Solivan said it was as if she forgot she could be eligible for help, too.

Through a combined sum from Season of Sharing and federal CARES Act dollars, Solivan was able to pay three months of rent in June, July and September and a Florida Power & Light bill. The help allowed her a break from the constant worrying, she said, after nearly six months of wondering how she could financially get by for another month.

“I was able to breathe a little bit. I felt like I was drowning, and I was able to put my head just a little bit above water,” Solivan said.

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