Donate Today and Help Our Co-op

Donate Today and Help Our Co-op

We have received some great support from a lot of people, especially those who have contracted with us for home care and made donations already. Capital Homecare Cooperative needs help from you now.

Starting  a home agency takes a lot of work especially when the people starting are the caregivers. Caregivers don’t make a lot in the industry (which is why we decided to start this co-operative) and that makes covering the start-up costs difficult.

We hope that you can help us.

Help through Direct Action

There are two direct ways to help Capital Homecare Co-op thrive:

  1. Hire Us! We have nine home care providers on staff. If you or someone you know needs home care, call our office at 360-888-6175 or email admin@capitalhomecare.coop. You can find our services and rates here.
  2. Donate! It isn’t tax-deductible, but a donation to us either by check or on-line at  Go Fund Me will go a long way towards helping us cover start up costs.

Help Through Indirect Action

  • Share this post
  • Tell your friends about Capital Homecare Co-op
  • Share our Go Fund Me campaign to your social networks.
  • Follow us on Facebook at capitalhomecarecoop.
  • If you have used our services, consider a review on yelp!

Co-ops are about creating communities. If you are reading this, then you are part of our community. We hope that you can lend a hand.

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Feeling the Co-op Love!

We visited the West Side Olympia Food Co-op and the East Side Olympia Food Co-op on the first warm sunny day of Oly Spring! We really enjoyed meeting so many wonderful co-op shoppers and thank the Oly Food Co-op for supporting our efforts to get the word out about our new co-op.

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We Are Licensed!

The State of Washington approved our agency license on March 2, 2018. We can now accept clients. If you need home care or know someone who does, please consider our cooperative. We look forward to serving Thurston County!

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Care-a documentary

On September 5th, at 9:00 pm, the local PBS affiliate (KCTS) will air a documentary about caregivers and the people who need home care on the show America Reframed. The film promises to discuss the many challenges faced by both the providers and receivers of home care in the US.

The film’s website states:

Care pulls back the curtain on the poignant and largely hidden world of in-home elder care.  Beautifully shot and deeply moving, the film reveals the deep bonds that form between paid care workers and elders while exposing the cracks in the U.S. care system. ”

We realize that 9:00 pm may be a bit late for people and we hope to organize a community screening as part of our efforts to launch our cooperative.

Stay tuned!

Hello world!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the home of Captial Homecare Cooperative!

In 2014, Olympian resident Jerry Barney became aware of inequities in the home care industry. Jerry hired caregivers to assist his wife and, due to a temporary injury, found himself in need of home care services as well. When he received the bill, he realized that while the agency charges him significantly (almost double) for the caregiver providing services for two people in the same household, the caregiver only received a couple of dollars more in wages. He had heard about worker-owned agencies such as Cooperative Care in Wautoma, Wisconsin, and Circle of Life in Bellingham, Washington. He thought it might be time for Olympia’s caregivers to have their own co-op too.

Jerry discovered Northwest Cooperative Development Center (NWCDC) in Olympia and worked with them through his new organizations Homecare Cooperative Foundation (HCF). They brought in Care Connection, a home care registry with Senior Services. These three groups and individual caregivers began holding regular meetings about how worker-ownership and partnership with the registry might create a better environment for consumers and providers of home care services.

By the fall of 2015, the three organizations held a couple of information sessions for Thurston County’s caregivers. Over 30 caregivers expressed initial interest and a steering committee was formed to begin the work of creating a new cooperative. There was some turnover of the steering committee due to a number of different issues. One of the most important commodities is time. By spring 2016, the committee had drafted articles of incorporation and bylaws. In August 2016, Capital Homecare Cooperative incorporated with the State of Washington.

After incorporating, the steering committee became the interim board of directors. There were some more staffing changes as people joined and others took a break. Creating a cooperative is more of a marathon than a sprint and sometimes it is a relay race!

Today, the board consists of four caregivers and others who assist with events. The board is working on fundraising, marketing, and the licensing process.  The goal is to become licensed and be able to begin operations in the fall of 2017. There is still a lot of work to do before the cooperative becomes a reality but the end is in sight.