B Corporations: Worker-Owned Home Care Coops 1st In Their Industry

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B Corporations: Deepening Workforce Leadership

Cooperative Home Care Associates of Bronx, N.Y., employs more than 2,050 workers. Approximately half are worker-owners.

Since it was founded in 1985, the agency has provided more than 7,000 low-income, unemployed New Yorkers with opportunities for quality jobs.

“Empowered as worker-owners, our home health aides provide high-quality care to city residents,” Powell said. “These workers help to lead the cooperative, ensuring that CHCA’s impact in our community is considered first and foremost for every strategic decision the company makes,”

“The CHCA board of directors was honored to approve our company’s certification as a B Corporation,” said Christina Taylor, one of the eight worker-owner board members at CHCA.

“Before joining Cooperative, I never would have dreamed that one day I’d be sitting on the board of directors of a company—my company—with the chance to use my home care experience to help others and to truly have my voice be heard,” Taylor said. “This service and dedication to employees and clients is CHCA’s core product.”

The cooperative’s impact is deepening.

With PHI, CHCA recently relocated within the Bronx to a new, LEED Certified “green” building, with an expanded training space that will allow it to provide guaranteed job opportunities to 600 low-income, unemployed people per year.

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