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Jahmal Cole

Jahmal Cole

When activist Jahmal Cole sees people in need, he takes action.

Tina Renaldi

Tina Renaldi

In the age of coronavirus, Tina feels like the homeless are an afterthought by society.

Fr. Stephen Kanonik

Fr. Stephen Kanonik

With coronavirus, Father Stephen Kanonik suddenly finds his chapel empty and has an idea.

Falguni Dave

Falguni Dave

Nurse Falguni Dave works in a COVID-19 unit and must live apart from her family.

Sammy Dattulo

Sammy Dattulo

Sammy Datulo knows handling garbage puts him at risk, but his job is as important as ever.

Michelle Garcia

Michelle Garcia

Michelle Garcia is an activist who has cerebral palsy and cares for her bedridden husband.

Eric Kwok

Eric Kwok

Eric Kwok is fighting to save Chicago's Chinatown through his food services company.

Lori Cannon

Lori Cannon

Lori uses networks established 30 years ago to serve Chicagoans affected by coronavirus.

Nancy Arcadio

Nancy Arcadio

Coronavirus has given Nancy Arcadio's struggling family business a second life.

Sherry Boswell

Sherry Boswell

Sherry's mom has Alzheimer's but their encounter through glass keeps the memory alive.

Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates

Artist Theaster Gates has teamed up with fashion designers to produce protective masks.

Will Duncan

Will Duncan

Will Duncan had a creative response to help his employees during coronavirus social distancing.

Jennifer Schaff

Jennifer Schaff

Excitement turned to fear with the spread of coronavirus for a pregnant Jennifer Schaff.

Che Chapple

Che Chapple

Coronavirus has truck driver Che worried for his health and his family's situation.

Dameka Edwards-Hart and Ashley Edwards

Dameka Edwards-Hart and Ashley Edwards

Sisters Dameka and Ashley lost their father to coronavirus weeks after Dameka's birthday.