It's been a lonely year for Evelyn Shaw, who hasn't been able to hug — or even see — her family members because of the pandemic. The grandmother from Bronx, New York, has finally been vaccinated, but was still wary about seeing her grandkids.
Just a few months into her new job as a nurse, Paige Wichurowski was one of hundreds of employees at a central Pennsylvania hospital system redeployed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She ended up closer to home than she could have realized.
Increasing numbers of grandmothers across the United States are raising their grandchildren, many of them living in poverty and grappling with a public assistance system not designed to meet their needs.