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“Growing up my father provided whatever I needed. Now I try to return the favor.” – Javier Lara

“Growing up my father provided whatever I needed. Now I try to return the favor.” - Javier Lara

I grew up in the projects of Santa Ana as the youngest of 8. I still live there but in a more middle class neighborhood. My whole family lives in the area and it’s really important for us to be close. We try to get together every Sunday for menudo and homemade tortillas. My time is kind of limited but when I have time I like to go to the movies and the park. I also like working out and fishing. I have been a provider since 2000 when I was taking care of my mom. After my mom passed […]

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“I love caring for people.” – Marilyn Smith

“I love caring for people.” - Marilyn Smith

Taking care of people has always been very important to me.I grew up in Compton and after I graduated from high school, I went to nursing school so that I could continue to care for people as a profession. As a nurse I didn’t feel like I had enough time for my patients and that was really diffi cult for me. I left nursing for homecare 20 years ago. I cared for my sister who passed away, for a lot of non-family members, and now for my 79-year-old dad. I maintain my nursing certifications so that I can provide the […]

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“My mom is my princess.” – Julie Otero

“My mom is my princess.” - Julie Otero

I was born in Puerto Rico but I have been in California since I was 14 years old. I have been an IHSS care provider for 20 years. I used to care for my sister, then non-family members, and now my mom, Andrea, for the last 10 years. I know that my mom is still alive today because I am able to care for her rather than having her in a facility. I have seven children from ages 19-31. My oldest three were in military and I’m a proud military mom. Raising seven children required that I work multiple jobs […]

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Veronica’s Incredible Development by Rosita Whittaker

Veronica's Incredible Development by Rosita Whittaker

See Rosita’s video below — This article is a brief outline of my daughter, Veronica’s incredible development throughout her life. Thanks to In-Home-Support-Services, I’ve been able to provide a loving home, pets, education and therapy, as well as encouragement, hope, love and inspiration. Veronica’s Incredible Development I’m truly grateful for the program of In-Home-Support-Services and I honestly don’t know where we would be without it.  Thanks to the financial support of this program, I’ve been able to participate in my daughter, Veronica’s incredible development.  Veronica was born a totally healthy baby until she had her fourth DPT vaccine at age 16 months. […]

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“This is the job that God gave me to do and I love doing it.” — Robbin Chatman-Banks

“This is the job that God gave me to do and I love doing it.” -- Robbin  Chatman-Banks

I named my daughter Rosie after my mom. When she was a toddler she was diagnosed with autism. Throughout her adolescence I have always pushed her to be the best she can be. She goes to a day program where she has the opportunity to earn money, learn life skills like how to ride the bus, and do arts and crafts while socializing with others. I have always been her champion and I always will be. When her services get cut, I fight for them to get restored. She and I have a really wonderful relationship. Six years ago my […]

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