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My Josie by Deborah Fisher

I have been a caregiver with IHSS Public Authority for three years, and I have never felt more fulfilled in my life. Currently, I have four clients. I love them and I am like family to them. My first client was Josie. Josie had Alzheimer’s and was very difficult in the beginning. But I told her I would never quit on her. Josie had several children, that had families, jobs and lived out of state. After about six months she finally trusted me and we became very close. Besides all the daily chores, we shared our life stories, we joked […]

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My Great-Grandmother by Sarah Dutton

My Great-Grandmother by Sarah Dutton

I am so grateful and blessed to be apart of the UDW Homecare Providers! Being a part of this union has given me the opportunity to be there and care for the woman that always supported me and my dreams as well as be able to support myself and also help my great-grandmother out as well with the things she needs. This amazing woman took me in when I was only 10 years of age. From the moment I lost my mother to where I am today my great-grandmother has never left my side and I will never leave hers […]

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It Takes a Village – and IHSS by Paul DeMuth

It Takes a Village - and IHSS by Paul DeMuth

It Takes a Village and IHSS … UDW Facebook 2010 Contest Winning Photo! Zoie was born August 16, 2000 weighing only 1lb. 10 oz. She was in the NICU at Kaiser for 17 weeks. We watched her in her incubator all those weeks telling God we would take her any way we could get her. We said it with love and with all our hearts, but with a bit of naivety having no idea the road that lay ahead but trusting that He would see us through. That was 10 years ago, and while the struggles have been many, the […]

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For Bibi… by Lynda Labine

For Bibi… by Lynda Labine

She is only different in the eyes of others. This is a picture that represents the sweetness of my girl taken years ago but it is my favorite; the only school picture that turned out well. I smiled at her and she smiled back and a miracle happened….my girl Bibi is 39 and severely Autistic….UDWA means so much to me….they have given me an outlet to tell my story.…IHSS literally saved our lives….without it my girl would be in jeopardy because she is a big girl and non-verbal….she is truly the love of my life and now I can share […]

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The beginning… by Robert Andrew Daniel

I remember the Beginning… I remember when the Scourge descended, the Whip cracked, the Iron Bar crushed, and people wept in fear and sadness that they had never before known… I remember when AIDS burst onto the scene with all the subtlety of a nuclear attack. When AIDS first arrived, no one knew what was happening. It was like a nameless, destructive force that laid waste to everyone and every place it touched with it’s deadly fingers. Entire communities were decimated by it. We didn’t even know what to call it then. All we knew was that one day, you […]

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