The irony of Poverty Awareness Month in San Bernardino County
San Bernardino County has declared January Poverty Awareness Month. How ironic that while the county is trying to increase awareness of poverty in our community, they are actively promoting the continued conditions of poverty that exist for thousands of workers like me who live and work in this county.
Today, 26,000 San Bernardino County In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caregivers like myself provide vital care to more than 31,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities by doing the most intimate of tasks for them, such as, bathing, grooming, changing dressings, administering medication, and other medically necessary services as well as everyday tasks that they are no longer able to do on their own, like going to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, housekeeping, and simply getting a breath of fresh air at the park. Yet, despite the important work we do, we are also a direct reflection of the poverty and challenges facing many working families in the county.