“Many people who don’t have disabled kids or loved ones may not understand. But I know that I am truly blessed to have Vanessa, and thankful that I can care for her at home. I’m afraid for what would happen to her if she were forced to live in an institution or nursing home. My daughter Vanessa is 41 years old, but it wasn’t until 15 years ago that we learned about IHSS. I’ve been her 24/7 care provider since she was born. California’s In-Home Supportive Services program ensures that Vanessa can stay at home with me, and that I can put food on the table for our family. This has been especially important for us since my husband passed away a few years ago. I don’t know what we would do without homecare.”
-Anita Peni Brogdon
Proud union member of UDW Homecare Providers Union in Santa Barbara.