April 26, 2016
I have been a care provider and a member of UDWA for nearly 20 years. I absolutely love what I do, and find happiness in taking care of the elderly and people with disabilities. My clients are not related to me, but I look after them as if they were family, and helping them maintain their independence and stay in their own homes is my number one priority as a care provider and advocate.
I was born and raised in Mexico City and come from a close-knit family whom I view as my most essential safety net. I am a widow and have one son, one daughter, three granddaughters, and one grandson. We all provide for and protect each other, and in my spare time I like to spend time with my grandkids, garden, crochet baby blankets, and collect frog figurines.
I started working for Addus back in 1991 and became a union steward seven years later. More recently I have been very active with UDW: I traveled from Hemet, CA to Los Angeles to protest former Governor Schwarzenegger’s deep cuts to the IHSS program and participated in the rally in Sacramento for the same purpose. I also helped with the letter writing campaign to California legislators and senators, and lobbied in the state’s capital for our union. I strongly believe that we need to work together in order to gain the recognition and respect that we deserve as homecare providers, and to make our voices heard.
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) will be implementing a change to the IHSS Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) system beginning July 1, 2023.
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