East Bay senior facility volunteers turn to love to keep hope alive for guests

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In the back of her mind, Sharon Lobato never doubted that the summer of 2020 would be personally challenging. She needed hip repair surgery, and the recovery plan called for two months in a rehabilitation care facility.

“That’s hard enough anyway,” the 69-year-old San Pablo resident said.

Add one of history’s worst global pandemics to the equation, and “not only does that change the game, it changes the sport,” said Sharon Lobato, 49, the elder Lobato’s daughter and namesake. “But you get through it the best you can.”

It may seem old-fashioned, but in more than one way, the Lobatos are using love to do just that.

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