Nicole, who is raising two grandchildren, was struggling. Her work hours at Spectrum baseball field, the Clearwater spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies and the home park of the Phillies’ Class A Clearwater Threshers, were declining because of reduced attendance caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Then several players and ballpark workers contracted the virus, adding worries.

With money tight, Nicole was having trouble paying her rent and more trouble finding help.