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LIMA — Joseph had it all prior to 2020. A good job. A traditional family. But it all fell apart in the last year.
First came the divorce followed by a short hospital stay for some heart issues. By March, the pandemic ended up taking his job in the construction field.
“This entire year has just been a roller coaster,” he said.
These days, he’s fighting to get it all back.
After months of collecting unemployment, he asked a friend for $100 to start up his own LLC and now, he’s trying to rev up his new business on top of taking care of his five children as a single dad.
“It’s been slow to launch, but we’re getting there, getting where we want to be. There’s been lots of setbacks, like trying to keep a working truck,” he said. “Balancing being a single dad with a full time business owner is a never ending challenge. We have lots of schedules. We eat a