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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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What overtime pay has meant to my family

What overtime pay has meant to my family

My name is Aurora Viramontes Rivera, and I work as a home care provider for two of my children in Orange County, California. I am overjoyed and grateful that home care workers are now eligible for overtime pay. For my family, the added income has drastically improved our quality of life. I’ve always been appreciative that the In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) gives me the opportunity to provide my children with the best care possible. I’m not just their mother. I’m the caregiving professional who knows their conditions and their needs best. Unfortunately, while I love my work, it hasn’t […]

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Overtime pay has kept my family safe at home

Overtime pay has kept my family safe at home

My name is Toni Monique Taloa, and I’m a home care provider in Buena Park, California. I initially became a professional home care worker to take care of my elderly grandmother. My grandmother was originally assessed just 80 hours of in-home care each month – far less than she needed – by California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) home care program. My union, the United Domestic Workers/AFSCME Local 3930 (UDW), helped me successfully appeal the decision, and my grandmother’s home care hours were increased from 80 to 283 per month. As a person who honestly did not believe in the power […]

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UDW Match connects home care providers with those in need of care

UDW Match connects home care providers with those in need of care

My name is Maria Cota, and I’ve been an IHSS caregiver since 1993. In 2013, I had a stroke and the recovery made it difficult for me to keep working as a home care provider. Once I was back on my feet and ready to get back to work, the UDW Match program helped me find a new home care client. Now, I’m working again and I don’t have to worry about how I will pay my bills and support myself. UDW Match is one of our members-only benefits. It is a totally free home care referral service that connects […]

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