Caring Across Generations Campaign Kicks Off in DC

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rnrnProfessional care workers assist families in their homes by helping the elderly, young children, and people with developmental disabilities. The Caring Across Generations campaign, which will promote the rights of care givers and receivers, kicked off with a Care Congress on July 12, 2011 at the Washington Hilton. rnrnThis first Care Congress drew over 700 people from across the country for a town hall style meeting bringing together family members and advocates. The campaign was initiated by Jobs with Justice, the National Domestic Worker Alliance and other partner groups. The campaign focuses on trying to win better public policy for home care workers and also assisting them in organizing efforts. rnrn“Every eight seconds someone in our country turns 65 years old. The older population may need assistance in every day task and they deserve to have it in their home and with dignity”, says Lillian Walker Shelton, organizer at DC Jobs with Justice. “We all want to work together on the goals of this campaign which include job creation, labor standards, training, citizenship opportunities, and a tax credit for families who have to pay a home care worker to take care of their loved ones”.

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