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Redefining Home

welcome mat with Home spelled out and a heart in place of the letter O
"Home" is taking on a lot of new meanings right now. (Photo by Kelly Lacy from Pexels)

For the majority of Americans impacted by the coronavirus, the word home has come to mean something it didn't before, whether that's the office, classroom, daycare, therapist's office or all of the above. And, for the most part, we've adapted to this new concept of what homes are being used for.

But what about people who aren't able to be at home, or don't have a home to go to? Thankfully, there are many, many ways people are working to bring the comforts of home to the people who need them most. 

In San Francisco, a group of four women have successfully been able to establish safe spaces for unhoused people, beginning with three separate efforts to set up tent encampments in the Bayview neighborhood before finally receiving support from the city to establish a site with trailers. 

Across the nation, people who own recreational vehicles have been loaning them to healthcare workers in need, matching up via the RVs 4 MDs Facebook page to help create safe spaces for doctors and nurses to spend time in a familiar place close to their loved ones.

We also spoke to Lawrence Bartley, a formerly incarcerated person now working with The Marshall Project to deliver News Inside, a print publication with information specialized for people in prisons and jails. His work also includes a coronavirus survival guide with modified tips on how to take the appropriate safety measures to stay as healthy as possible while incarcerated.

If you have stories or photos to share about how your concept of home has changed as a result of COVID-19, please send us an email at [email protected]

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Spring dinner in Donna Wright's London garden with her new neighbors and COVID support system. Photo by Donna Wright.