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I’m an IHSS provider in Orange County… and I am homeless

I’m an IHSS provider in Orange County… and I am homeless

By Angela Peifer, IHSS provider and UDW member in Orange County. Most IHSS caregivers in the state make just above $11/hour, but in Orange County we make minimum wage. That means we struggle even harder to make ends meet for ourselves, in a county with one of the highest costs of living in California. Many of us worry if we’ll be able to pay all our bills, if there will be money left over to put food on the table, if we can afford that trip to the doctor’s office. And me? Well, I often have to worry about where […]

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We won 195 more hours for my son – and $21,000

We won 195 more hours for my son - and $21,000

My son Alexis was born with severe Down Syndrome, and I have been his care provider for the past 12 years. When we first applied for IHSS, Alexis was only awarded 26 hours per month, even though he requires round-the-clock care. So I contacted our union’s advocacy council and the caregivers there helped me win more hours for my son. With their help, I got proper documentation from my doctor and, after helping me with some issues we were having with our social worker, we applied for an appeal. We not only won a total of 221 hours for my […]

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Tuolumne County UDW Advocacy Council helps elderly home care recipient win more IHSS hours

Tuolumne County UDW Advocacy Council helps elderly home care recipient win more IHSS hours

I became an IHSS provider 14 years ago when my daughter, Shantal, received a traumatic brain injury in a horrific accident. Shantal was in a coma for a while and experienced memory loss. The doctors thought she would never walk again. I quit my job as a medical assistant to care for her full-time. I believe it is because of that in-home care that Shantal, now 33, was able to walk again and now lives independently. Though my daughter was fortunate enough to receive the care she needed, my second client, an 83-year-old woman named Ethal, needed advocacy to get […]

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From one family child care provider to another

From one family child care provider to another

My name is Ana Fierro, and I’m a family child care provider in Modesto. My mother-in-law’s influence iswhat convinced me to open my own daycare, and 12 years later I’m still going strong. I love caring for children, and I love my work. Unfortunately, as most of you can attest, being a family child care provider is not without its problems. For me personally, one the biggest issues I face is late payments. It’s frustrating not knowing when I will be paid, and has all too often made it tough for me to stay on top of my own household […]

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One way to fix our country’s child care crisis: invest in family child care providers

One way to fix our country’s child care crisis: invest in family child care providers

By Doug Moore, UDW Executive Director Gloria Carter has run a home-based daycare in Sacramento County for over 20 years. She provides child care and educational opportunities for the 12 kids in her care with the help of one daycare assistant. And she’s seen first-hand the child care crisis both California and the nation are experiencing. “It’s terrible,” said Gloria. “Many of the parents of the kids in my care struggle to pay for child care while trying to make ends meet, and when I lose kids in my daycare, my family struggles too.” Far too many working families can’t […]

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