Coloradoan (August 7)
Kendra Kettler loves her independence. Born with an intellectual disability, she’s worked hard to overcome obstacles and be an active member of the Fort Collins community. That includes taking public transportation or ride-sharing services to exercise at the Northside Aztlan Community Center, attend meetings and visit friends. But those routines changed with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Suddenly, she was locked down, unable to meet face-to-face with anyone, including the service provider who helped her buy groceries and manage her finances. She could no longer go to her job handing out doughnuts at a FirstBank branch on Saturday mornings. The abrupt changes in Kettler’s life stem from fear of getting infected with the coronavirus and potentially spreading it.