Juan struggles with the issues most single parents in Arlington face: virtual learning in 2020 and a school day that ends at 2:25 pm now that students are back in class. Juan was working as a carpenter on construction jobs for over a decade until Covid hit. He quickly lost his job and says that two months into the pandemic he knew he was in trouble. The native of El Salvador was unable to find work, particularly when he was attempting to work around his 11-year-old son’s schedule. “Arlington Thrive helped me to pay my rent for five months,” he says. He is optimistic that he will find a job soon that allows him to pick his son up from school. “My son wants to be a construction worker like me,” Juan sighs. “I told him he needs to be better than me.”

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