Joseph Cook, 51, ,lives in a tent at a private rural Georgia campground he now calls home. He lost his jobs and was evicted from his city apartment because of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic meltdown in March. He would be living on the streets were it not for a community of fellow campers who made sure he had a place to stay and food to eat, he said.
Cook lost his three jobs and couldn’t pay his rent when the COVID-19 pandemic caused an economic meltdown in March. “I was evicted and had no place to go, and no income,” he said. Cook loaded a tent and a few clothes into his car and drove two hours to a privately-owned campground, where he visited last year. “Some campers lived there year-round, and others relocated there to be safe from the pandemic,” he said. Cook, who has immune system challenges and is a cancer survivor, is certain he would not survive an COVID-19 infection. “I don’t think I’d come out of it alive. But here, with other campers who’ve become like family, I’m safe. I’m quickly learning to be happy with less,” he said.
PICTURED: Joseph with his dog Romeo enjoys the sunlight filtered through the trees at his campsite.