COVID-19 Brings Long Lost Sisters Together After 50 Years

A pair of sisters who hadn’t seen each other for over 50 years were serendipitously reunited this week in a Nebraska nursing home.

Together at Last

Bev Boro, 53, is a medication aid at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont, Nebraska. As she was looking over her patient list, she was elated to recognize the name of Doris Crippen, the half-sister she had spent years trying to locate.

Crippen, 73, was recovering from COVID-19 at Boro’s place of work. She had previously been hospitalized for over a month at Nebraska Medicine, where she was treated for the coronavirus, as well as a broken arm that resulted from a COVID-related fall.

Using a whiteboard to communicate with Crippen, who is hard of hearing, Boro was able to confirm that they share a father, one Wendall Huffman.

Separate Lives

Born to different mothers and raised in different households, Crippen and Boro never knew each other. They also had fairly different upbringings. In fact, Boro had ended up in the foster care system when she was less than 6 months old, but was eventually adopted.

Wendall Huffman, meanwhile, fathered 10 children with three different women. Crippen was his firstborn while Boro was his youngest.

But in spite their distant childhoods, the women said they had spent years searching for one another. While they knew each other’s names, they struggled to find contact information for the other. Now, Crippen says that her critical COVID-19 case was, after all, “a blessing.”

“I am the happiest person in the world,” she said. “I cannot believe I finally found my sister.”


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Homelessness Facts & Statistics – National

On any given night, there are approximately 643,067 people experiencing homelessness in America.

238,110 of those people are in families
25% suffer from mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression
17% are considered chronically homeless
13% are fleeing domestic violence
12% are veterans

What does “homeless” mean?

The Department of Housing and Urban Development defines homelessness in four broad categories:

  • People who are living in a place not meant for human habitation, in emergency shelter, in transitional housing, or are exiting an institution where they temporarily resided.
  • People who are losing their primary nighttime residence, which may include a motel or hotel or a doubled-up situation, within 14 days and lack resources or support networks to remain in housing.
  • Families with children or unaccompanied youth who are unstably housed and likely to continue in that state.
  • People who are fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, have no other residence, and lack the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing.

Who is at risk of homelessness?

The face of homelessness is changing. Though veterans, people with disabilities, and single parent families have always been at high-risk for homelessness, today, more and more of our country’s working poor are struggling with or at risk of homelessness. People recently released from prison and young adults who have recently been emancipated (or aged-out) from the foster care system are also at increased risk of homelessness. And, in Central Texas, the fastest growing homeless population is women and children.

What does it mean to be “chronically homeless?”

A “chronically homeless” person is defined as “an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has either been continuously homeless for a year or more, or has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.”
Although chronic homelessness represents a small share of the overall homeless population (approximately 123,790 chronically homeless individuals nationwide on any given night), chronically homeless people use up a significantly disproportionate share of the services. Many chronically homeless people have a serious mental illness like schizophrenia and/or an alcohol or drug addiction.

What does doubled-up mean?

Doubled-up refers to people who live with friends, family or other nonrelatives for economic reasons. This population has been steadily rising in recent years, having increased by more than 50% from 2005 to 2010. In 2010, it was estimated that 6.8 million people were living doubled-up.

What can I do about it?

No matter if you are mentally ill, suffering from an addiction, or physically disabled: low incomes and high housing costs are the root causes of homelessness. In fact, recent study shows that nowhere in the United States can someone who works 40 hours a week at minimum wage afford a one bedroom apartment at fair market rent. In Central Texas, a person needs to work 88/week earning minimum wage to afford a one-bedroom apartment at fair market rent. By 2020, the city of Austin will need to develop 12,000 rental units priced at $425 or less to meet the growing needs of low-income renters. In short, the need for affordable housing is savagely acute in Central Texas and across the state.

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  1. The National Alliance to End Homelessness
  2. Center for Public Policy Priorities