Deborah is a personal care attendant, one of over 20,000 home care workers employed in the state of Minnesota to care for seniors and people with disabilities who want to stay in their homes. She takes care of her clients in any way they need: getting the groceries, giving baths, helping them get out of bed –and above all, showing them compassion. Deborah is also an active member of her union, where she serves on the executive board.
“That’s what we’re working for — to build our dreams. We can’t do it by ourselves. We’re sisters and brothers in the fight.”
Deborah spends time reaching out to her community, knocking on doors and inviting folks to meetings. She does it because of the power that comes when people join together behind one cause. When more workers come to meetings and start contributing, caretakers like Deborah have real input into their working conditions. They’re able to meet the needs of their own families while taking care of so many other families at the same time.
Joining with her community in solidarity to form a powerful force–that’s what makes Deborah proud to participate in her union.