… Provides employment and training for single-parent mothers
Community Care Agency, a home care institution that has being providing services to the elderly population in Berbice and Georgetown, officially opened its doors to the public in New Amsterdam, Berbice two weeks ago.
The agency has been providing opportunity for single parent mothers across the country, along with unemployed young women to be trained and integrated in caring for the elderly and children. It will offer services such as Elderly Care, Child Care, Domestic Help, physiotherapy, and counseling to the public at cheap rates.
Managing Director, Nikita Wong, stated that the organization is one of a kind because it offers employment to women most people would overlook, and train them to become specialize workers in the care sector.
“Today begins a new chapter in the long story of Community Care. The journey to this point hasn’t been an easy one but all great changes are preceded by chaos. We are opening our doors to empower, motivate and create employment for women and young ladies whilst providing the best home care services in this community,” Wong said.
She said that the company’s plan is to transform home health care service and reach as much women as they can.
“Our health care system has always been challenging, however I assure you all today that we will do the best we can to minimize any concerns as we grown we grow,” she promised.
She said the business is a small venture that was established at the cost of $2M, along with a lot of donations. She said the most exciting aspect of the company’s future is not standing alone as an entity but collaborating with the government and non-governmental entities.
Wong said that they were already receiving support from the government and from the Mayor of New Amsterdam.
The company has a health care consultant that would be working along with the young women and mothers that access their service for training.
“Our main goal is to work with women in this very community, firstly by enrolling them into our empowerment and motivational training,” consultant Abigale Lonke said, adding that she believes that Community Care would help these women to have defined goals for themselves.
“Once they have done this portion for the training we would then offer them basic training in Customer care, Elderly Care and child care.
Staff can then be placed into permanent employment. However we do still need to do our due diligence by ensuring that every person that comes on board has a full background check, police and reference checks and are thoroughly interviewed.”
Afterward, the women will return to their communities to help the residents. She stated that there are a lot of elderly people living alone in Berbice who cannot take care of themselves properly. So the demand for such an agency is necessary, especially for children who are unable to care for their parents and would prefer for an in-home service instead of confining them to a resident home.
A representative of the Mayor of New Amsterdam, Ron Elcock, stated that the Mayor’s office offers its full support to the management of Community Care. “After meeting with the ladies and discussing their plans we were impressed by their idea and vision and so is committed to working with them,” he said.
Community Care is also operating in Georgetown, Essequibo and Bartica and would be opening soon another office in Linden.
The service can be accessed at [email protected] or contacted on telephone number 659-1630.
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