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About Our Members

Golden Steps Cooperative is a worker owned Business. Each worker is a Member of the Cooperative. You might be asking yourself "What does that mean?"- Exactly how it sounds.

Each and every one of our care givers is an entrepreneur who's decided to work in a Cooperative with other like minded individuals.
Which means that you can be assured every care giver
has the professionalism, work ethic and commitment every successful business owner brings to the table.

Each of our Cooperative Members goes through an extensive vetting process before they are brought on.
Every member once selected must go through a 12 week Cooperative Development course
which includes seminar's, educational training and certifications like CPR & First Aid.

Meet some of our members below!

Angelina Cazares

I’ve worked most recently with a single patient who had limited movement who needed assistance getting out of the house and to prepare food, but above all really needed companionship.

I never thought I have the temperament for this kind of work but after that first Golden Steps provided training on Alzheimer’s I was very moved and I realized I had an opportunity to really help people.

This work requires patience, compassion, honesty, respect, being responsible, organized and flexible.

I love being part of and working as a group and earning a dignified salary. It’s pleasing every time we accomplish another project.

Like every worthy Mexican I love Mexican food, but I maintain a natural diet without processed foods. I like classical ballads but most of all I’m energized by salsa music.

  • Home Health Aid Certificate
  • CPR & First Aid
Extended Food Nutrition Education Program - Cornell University
  • 16 hour training in meal planning within nutritional and budgetary criteria
  • Ingredient management for low-sodium, low-fat and low-sugar diets
Alzheimer's Association
  • 8-Hour Alzheimer's Care Seminar
  • The Basics of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Common symptoms and stages
  • Understanding the needs of people with dementia
  • Effective communication training
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviors
Blood Pressure Management
  • trained to identify warning signs for high and low blood pressure
  • Behavioral, environmental and dietary factors in managing blood pressure

Mercedes Rodriguez

I started caring for senior citizens in 2005. I’ve had clients who have been affected by Alzheimer's, diabetes, vision problems, and heart disease.

I enjoy my work now as it allows me to really help seniors at a stage where perhaps they are facing challenges physically or mentally.

This work requires patience, responsibility and the ability to communicate with families.
Being a member of Golden Steps has served me in developing my knowledge of senior care and sharing my experience with other members, learning to work in a group and making group decisions.

About me: I love ceviche as it is made in Ecuador, I like listening to salsa, merengue and love songs. I enjoy books like 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Greek mythology.

  • Home Health Aid Certificate
  • CPR & First Aid
Extended Food Nutrition Education Program - Cornell University
  • 16 hour training in meal planning within nutritional and budgetary criteria
  • Ingredient management for low-sodium, low-fat and low-sugar diets
Alzheimer's Association
  • 8-Hour Alzheimer's Care Seminar
  • The Basics of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Common symptoms and stages
  • Understanding the needs of people with dementia
  • Effective communication training
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviors
Blood Pressure Management
  • trained to identify warning signs for high and low blood pressure
  • Behavioral, environmental and dietary factors in managing blood pressure

Sara Castillo

I joined the coop in 2013 and currently serve as the cooperative’s treasurer on its Leadership Committee. I have over 10 years’ experience working with elderly people. I love my work and do it with great passion. I am also proud to serve as one of Golden Steps representatives in the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA).

I am mother of two and love spending time with my daughters, horse-back riding, dancing, reading novels, cooking, and singing.

Experience
  • Maintennace Administrator - Nelly Vasquez Property Management 2008-2013
  • Tenant relations, including rent and contract management
  • Responsible for bank deposits
  • Supervise and organize building maintenance
  • Clean common areas in the building
  • Premier Home Care Agency 2000-2007
  • Elementary School Teacher - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1991-1995
  • Home Health Aid Certificate
  •  Experience caring for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, and Alzheimer’s  Helped detect early stage of Alzheimer’s with one patient  Maintained long term caring relationships with patients
  • CPR & First Aid
Extended Food Nutrition Education Program - Cornell University
  • 16 hour training in meal planning within nutritional and budgetary criteria
  • Ingredient management for low-sodium, low-fat and low-sugar diets
Alzheimer's Association
  • 8-Hour Alzheimer's Care Seminar
  • The Basics of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Common symptoms and stages
  • Understanding the needs of people with dementia
  • Effective communication training
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviors
Blood Pressure Management
  • trained to identify warning signs for high and low blood pressure
  • Behavioral, environmental and dietary factors in managing blood pressure

Zenayda Bonilla

The first work in this area was with an Alzheimer’s patient when I worked evenings. It was a very nice experience being able to spend time with this elder. I worked for a year with a couple of 82 and 83 years of age. I really enjoy working with seniors.

I came to this work after caring for my grandmother who had Alzheimer’s and my father who died of cancer.

This work requires a person who loves working with seniors. It requires patience, compassion, being able to listen and to be able to empathize deeply to understand and care for our clients

What I enjoy most about being part of Golden Steps is working in a group and feeling enriched as a person, and of course offering services to seniors. I’ve grown in my abilities through the support of training provided to members.

I enjoy cultural exchange and sharing cultural roots. I like having fun.

  • Home Health Aid Certificate
  • CPR & First Aid
Extended Food Nutrition Education Program - Cornell University
  • 16 hour training in meal planning within nutritional and budgetary criteria
  • Ingredient management for low-sodium, low-fat and low-sugar diets
Alzheimer's Association
  • 8-Hour Alzheimer's Care Seminar
  • The Basics of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Common symptoms and stages
  • Understanding the needs of people with dementia
  • Effective communication training
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviors
Blood Pressure Management
  • trained to identify warning signs for high and low blood pressure
  • Behavioral, environmental and dietary factors in managing blood pressure

Anai Rodriguez Alvarado

My last clients were a gentleman with Alzheimer’s and a woman with diabetes and arthritis.

Being a senior care-giver requires much patience, trust, time management and respect.

I enjoy the companionship, the training and the personal development

I see myself as a trust-worthy person who loves to laugh. I like all types of food and music like cumbia, bachata, pop, and ballads – almost all music except banda.

  • Home Health Aid Certificate
  • CPR & First Aid
Extended Food Nutrition Education Program - Cornell University
  • 16 hour training in meal planning within nutritional and budgetary criteria
  • Ingredient management for low-sodium, low-fat and low-sugar diets
Alzheimer's Association
  • 8-Hour Alzheimer's Care Seminar
  • The Basics of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Common symptoms and stages
  • Understanding the needs of people with dementia
  • Effective communication training
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviors
Blood Pressure Management
  • trained to identify warning signs for high and low blood pressure
  • Behavioral, environmental and dietary factors in managing blood pressure