For over 20 years, Caring Hands has been a key program of Mujeres Unidas y Activas. Caring Hands has represented an opportunity for hundreds of immigrant women to initiate a pathway to economic independence, strengthen their families’ situation and stability, and have the opportunity study and learn new skills that they apply both in their personal lives and in their work. Caring Hands has offered a job training and placement program that helped Latina immigrants achieve dignified employment while providing tools for them to be leaders in their own lives and communities. Furthermore, Caring Hands has given hundreds of progressive employers in the Bay Area the opportunity to live their values by offering dignified work to immigrant women.
As of July 1, 2017, the Caring Hands program will be closed.
After a year of investigation and strategic planning, MUA’s Board of Directors made the decision to close the Caring Hands program. Instead of focusing on intensive trainings and job placement services, MUA has changed our focus to providing services that help to remove or reduce the barriers to employment that immigrant women experience when searching for and maintaining dignified work. For example, we will be expanding our ESL classes, offering workshops on how to negotiate with your employer, CPR, how to market your skills and attract employers, basic computer skills, and how to know and stand up for your rights. Our goal is to increase the number of women who are able to benefit from shorter workshops and individual support. We will continue prioritizing opportunities to participate politically, advocate for our rights, and organize so that domestic work is visible and respected. We invite the community to participate and lead our campaigns for immigrant and workers’ rights.
We appreciate the foundations,San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, donors, employers, and social service agencies that have collaborated with Caring Hands over the past 20 years. We also appreciate Carmen Denis for her commitment to our members and their professional development. Carmen remains a part of our staff offering individual counseling and support to women so that they are able to overcome barriers to find their own work.
We invite you to continue supporting our new efforts to expand our base and our campaigns to enforce labor protections for domestic workers!