Rita Martinez stands with her grandchildren Aryanna Martinez, 9, left, Andres Martinez, 15, in the background and Armando Martinez, 13, right outside their apartment at the Prairie Hills apartment complex on Tramway. The family was facing eviction from their home but the community stepped in to help. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal
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A week ago, 66-year-old Rita Martinez was worried about being evicted, worried about attending a court hearing and being exposed to coronavirus, and worried about how she was going to feed and care for the three grandchildren she has been raising for the past several years.
Martinez has an autoimmune disease that keeps her from working and puts her at high risk from COVID-19 as it sweeps through the nation.
She shared her story, and her fears, with the Albuquerque Journal in a story published Thursday.