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Cooperative Development Foundation to Host Home Care Worker Co-op Conference


The Cooperative Development Foundation will host a Home Care Worker Cooperative Conference in the Twin Cities in the fall of 2016. The two-day conference will bring together home care worker cooperative members, managers, technical assistance providers and steering committees to discuss the economics of home care, organizing, expansion, collaboration and best practices.

To assure that the conference meets the needs of the audience, CDF is encouraging anyone interested in the subject to complete a brief, six-question survey. The results of this survey will determine the date and content of the conference.

CDF has supported research and development of home care cooperatives for more than a decade through the MSC Fund and USDA Rural Cooperative Development and Socially Disadvantage Group Grants.

In 2015, CDF provided support to:

• start home care cooperatives in New Mexico and Port Townsend, WA

• develop human resource training materials for worker cooperatives,

• host a cooperative conversion roundtable,

• host the Cooperative Issue Forum on cooperative replication models,

• conduct a survey of senior residents in the Adams–Columbia Rural Electric Cooperative service area with the intent of assessing the area for possible expansion of a home care cooperative,

• develop a sample pro forma for groups considering launching a worker-owned home care cooperative,

• develop a standardized chart of accounts for home care cooperatives, and

• review best practices in data collecting and reporting in the home care industry.

CDF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises.

(November 16, 2015)

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