New Braunfels Edition | May 2020

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VOLUME 3, ISSUE 6 | MAY 11 - JUNE 7, 2020

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NewBraunfels nonpro fi ts unite to serve community Between the week ending March 14 and the week ending April 24, more than 1.6 million Texans fi led for unemploy- ment, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. health support. “These are families who have had jobs and regular pay- checks,” said Alice Jewell, CEO of the McKenna Foundation, a leading local nonpro fi t. “[They] really haven’t navigated the social services system before.” In response to the growing need for access to social CONTINUED ON 20 BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY Many New Braunfels residents have found themselves needing help to put food on their tables, pay their rent or mortgage, pay for utilities, and fi nd physical and mental

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NewBraunfels faces unprecedented economic crunch fromcoronavirus Nearly every sector of the local economy a ff ected

Based on unemployment insurance claims made March 18-April 27, Comal County’s unemployment rate has approached levels last seen during the Great Recession. 9% COMAL COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

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CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE

BY WARREN BROWN

impact-wise,” Meek wrote in a blog post for the chamber. Manyquanti fi cations of the virus have failed to capture the true scope of its impact. Whereas New Braunfels has so far been spared from the soaring death counts associated with larger cities, live- lihoods have been a major casualty.

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Michael Meek, New Braunfels Cham- ber of Commerce CEO, recently o ff ered a chilling bit of context to the economic toll of the coronavirus. “Yes, we have in years past had eco- nomic downturns caused by fl oods, droughts, 9/11 and more, but this cur- rent one is the granddaddy of them all

SOURCE: TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION / COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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