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The Immigrant Caregiver Experience

Finding Cooperative Solutions

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March 22, 2021
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[Editor's note: this presentation took place as part of the 5th Annual National Home Care Cooperative Conference.]

Specific challenges and opportunities face immigrants who are creating democratic social enterprises in the homecare industry. This panel discussion will tackle home care cooperatives for immigrants and how understanding this trend in the cooperative movement is important.

Aquilina Soriano Versoza, Executive Director, Pilipino Workers Center for Southern California

Fatima Ramirez, Worker/Owner, COURAGE Homecare Cooperative

Vanessa Bransberg, Senior Mangaing Director, Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI)

Introduction - 00:00
The immigrant experience in home care - 1:40
Road blocks to cooperative solutions - 10:33
Innovation in co-op structures - 11:05
Becoming a COURAGE worker/owner - 12:50
The COURAGE Coop - 17:41
Immigrant worker cooperatives in the US - 20:52
Challenges for immigrant worker co-ops - 26:15
Rapid Response Cooperative Development - 29:58
Network benefits - 34:42
About LLCs and employees - 40:39

CDF brings together the funds and partners to incubate and replicate innovative programs through new and existing cooperative enterprise.

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