State’s working poor face hard road

By Mike Patrick September 7, 2020

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic caused a lockdown, 28-year-old Keeley Haynes of Waterbury found out she was pregnant with her second child.

The gas station where she worked as an assistant manager, cut employees’ hours, and laid off others, she said.

A complication in her pregnancy put her on medical leave, then she was let go from the job altogether, she said.

So, the single mother of an 8-year-old found herself at the soup kitchen and food pantry at Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries, where she met Executive Director Barbara Ann Dublin.

“They have supported me, Barbara and her whole entire team,” Haynes said. “I don’t even know how to explain the relationship I have with her. She has helped me through some pretty difficult times.”

Times are getting more difficult for people like Haynes, according to the latest study by the United Way of Connecticut that refers to the working poor as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).

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