Evacuated from homeless shelters, hotel residents rely on tech to stay connected

Zoom AA meetings, a phone buddy program and online tai chi keep Northern California hotel residents going in the

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Still, states around the country are looking to California as a model for how to protect people who may have been living in tents, cars or crowded homeless shelters while dealing with severe illnesses, addiction, and advanced age, all of which put them at high risk of complications from the novel coronavirus.   For some hotel residents like Softky, tech has proven instrumental for making the new system work.

Started by entrepreneur Kevin Adler as an offshoot of his nonprofit Miracle Messages, Miracle Friends connects people who’ve been evacuated to hotels with volunteers who can talk with them on the phone.

In March, she was evacuated from a homeless shelter to a motel, an experience shared with several thousand other people in California facing homelessness when the pandemic began.

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