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Magali Botello had spent two years preparing for her daughter’s April 8 quinceañera, the celebration of her 15th birthday. Now, all plans are on hold. Her family can’t afford it.

Botello, 38, lost her job of 13 years cleaning houses in Boulder the second week of March 2020, and hasn’t been able to find another job. Even as COVID restrictions lift and kids go back to school, Botello’s customers aren’t ready to have her back in their homes.

Her husband’s work hours at a car repair shop were also reduced. They had to use nearly all the money they saved for their two kids’ college expenses to pay rent and bills. They aren’t eligible for unemployment, but they were able to receive one-time assistance through an organization she’s a part of.

“It’s really stressful. … It’s really bad,” Botello said of their financial situation. “I think it’s not only me. I heard from many people (that) the situation is really hard right now.”

Full Story via Saja Hindi, The Denver Post

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