Prior to the pandemic, Autumn Goerts was renting an apartment in downtown Honolulu and working as a manager at a medical supply store to support herself and her 9-year-old son.
By March, she had been furloughed. By the time she was invited back to work, she had to stay home to help her son with remote learning. Now, she’s trying to grow her own marketing and consulting business, but it’s a constant struggle.
“It’s really hard to balance everything,” she said. “There’s been days where I have to drop everything and help make sure that my son’s projects are completed.”