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INDIANAPOLIS — At RTV6, we're following six people through their unemployment claims process. They work in the hospitality industry which is among the hardest hit. Of the six, five have filed for unemployment.
Erin Ridout is spending more time with her children enjoying nature.
"We like to spend a lot of time outdoors," Ridout said.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, they have explored several state parks including Turkey Run, Clifty Falls and Fort Ben.
"No more movies," Ridout said. "The things we used to do on my day off are not an option anymore."
RTV6 first met Ridout as she waited to get a care package of food from her employer, Crystal Catering.
"I'm doing well. Going a little stir crazy, but most well, keeping my spirit up," Ridout said.
It's that sound of happiness that make the difficult days feel like a walk in the park.
In July 2016, her husband passed away. Receiving a widow's benefit and strict budgeting are helping since being laid off.
"I budget well," Ridout said. "I budget really well."
Ridout also said cheap gas prices are making it easier to travel to their next family adventure. While these moments provide peace of mind, she's ready for the day she gets the call to return to work.
Ridout said she has received unemployment benefits within the 21 days after she applied.