The New York Times: She Had to Choose: Her Epileptic Patient or Her 7-Year-Old Daughter
Women on the Front Lines
When New York City closed its public schools, Cindy Urena, a home health aide for Sunnyside Community Services in Queens, faced a choice: stop seeing a client with severe epilepsy or leave her 7-year-old daughter alone at home.
Ms. Urena, 39, earns $15 an hour, and like half of New York City’s direct care workers, relies on food stamps even when she is working.
She made her choice. Now she has no income at all.