I hear DCA is closing down. Is that true?
Our offices closed and our staff stopped working on June 30, 2014. The board is operating a “virtual office” to respond to members through October 28. Our communications consultant is also staying on part-time to maintain our website, blog and social media.
Finding grant funding has became more and more challenging in recent years, and our income has been steadily decreasing. The board has been trimming costs where it could, but we arrived at a point at which things were no longer sustainable.
What will DCA do between now and October 20?
The board is exploring possible partnerships with other organizations in hopes of finding a new home for our members and allies. If you know of a group that might be interested in partnering with us, please let us know.
How can I contact DCA now?
Through October 20, 2014, you can contact a DCA board member volunteer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 920-385-9187. You can also contact us by leaving a comment on our blog or Facebook page or messaging us on Twitter.
Where can we direct care workers go now for help in advocating for our profession?
Here are some organizations that can offer support:
• Direct care worker associations give you a way to network with and learn from other direct care workers. Many also provide opportunities to improve your professional skills or participate in advocacy campaigns.
• PHI provides detailed information about the direct care workforce, does important policy work, and offers advocacy opportunities.
• Caring Across Generations is working to change the way we care for each other in America, in part by improving wages and working conditions for home care workers. Caring Across offers many advocacy opportunities.
• National Domestic Workers Alliance advocates for home care workers and other workers whose place of business is someone else’s home. NDWA often offers opportunities for workers to advocate on their own behalf.
• SEIU and AFSCME advocate for direct care workers and offer some opportunities for non-members to participate.
• The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care advocates for nursing home and assisted living residents, home care recipients, and others who receive long-term care, services and supports. Consumer Voice often advocates for improving supports or working conditions for direct care workers, as in its current campaign to improve staffing ratios in nursing homes.
• National Employment Law Project provides legal and policy analysis and advice as well as help with advocacy efforts related to worker rights and good jobs.