Since 1994, Caring Hands has offered job training and placement opportunities to Mujeres Unidas y Activas members who wanted to build economic security for their families.
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. 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.
As of July 1, 2017, MUA will no longer offer job matching services to employers.
Comprehensive Job Training
From 1994-2016, Caring Hands provided comprehensive job training to 20-30 women each year, all of whom actively participated in MUA’s programs. The training was a technically challenging, motivating, and approachable 80-hour, Spanish-language childcare provider or home healthcare provider training.
- Presenters from the Employment Law Center, San Francisco General Hospital, The Children’s Council, Mission Hiring Hall, Health at Home, Family Caregiver Alliance, and many other well-known and respected organizations.
- In 2014, we partnered with Wardrobe For Opportunity, to offer WFO’s six week Pathways Career Development Program in Spanish, where members learn and practice the skills and attitudes needed for success on the job.
- Professional housecleaning training in the use of non-toxic cleaning materials and ergonomic work techniques.
- Participation in Caring Hands “Training Home” Program, launched in 2014, where new graduates partner with experienced members to learn hands-on cleaning and time organization techniques.
- Professionalism and job retention skills during workshops offered at monthly meetings at Mujeres Unidas y Activas’ offices.
- Participation as child care providers within MUA, helping training graduates remain competitive in their fields.