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Home and Community-Based Stories: A Storytelling & Organizing Fellowship

A Broken Long-Term Care System

Care and support is part of all of our lives. But so many of us are squeezed by the need for care and the lack of support and investment around care jobs. 

We have finally found ourselves in a transformational moment for our care system in California and nationally: President Biden just announced an unprecedented $400 Billion investment in homecare jobs in his “American Jobs Plan.” Governor Newsom is prioritizing a “Master Plan for Aging,” intended to build a California that works better for the growing number of older adults in the state and their families.

This window of opportunity has opened because of relentless organizing and powerful storytelling by people with disabilities, older adults, family caregivers, and workers. We can’t stop now!

Hand in Hand is hosting Home and Community-Based Stories Fellowship to meet this moment and make sure this investment translates into real change in our communities. Applications are now closed. Please contact Kayla Shore at [email protected] for more information. 


About the Fellowship

Home and Community-Based Stories, Hand in Hand’s Storytelling & Organizing Fellowship, will help make real our vision of a California where everyone can live, age, and work with dignity.

This fellowship will bring together people with disabilities and older adults, family caregivers, and personal care attendants to deepen your organizing and storytelling skills and build our campaign to create a universal long-term services and supports (LTSS) system in California. You’ll come away from the fellowship with a powerful personal care story that will move your legislators, your attendants, your clients, your colleagues, your family, and your neighbors into action.

Participants receive a $250 stipend, and a limited number of tablets are available to facilitate virtual participation.

This fellowship was made possible thanks to the support of the Metta Fund.

Interested, But Not Sure If This Fellowship is Right for You? 

Let us know here, and we’ll reach out with more details and to answer your questions. 

Should I Apply? Who is Eligible?

  • Older adults and people with disabilities who get support from paid or informal personal care providers
  • Family caregivers, who support loved ones who are older or disabled
  • Paid care providers–personal care attendants or caregivers –who support older adults or people with disabilities living at home or in care facilities
  • Those who believe that we need a new long-term services and supports system, and are ready to sharpen their storytelling skills to make that happen
  • Participants must be based in California.

They need to hear from you, the family caregivers who spend 24/7 with an aging parent at home; the people who start work at 9am and use a wheelchair, and need a homecare attendant you can rely on to help you get your day started; the people who work 60 hours a week across several homecare jobs, yet barely make enough money to cover rent, let alone save for your own support needs in the future.

Fellowship Dates & Details

Applications are open April 7 through May 14. Applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis, with the final cohort determined by May 31.

The fellowship consists of six 2-hour sessions on Zoom, from early June through early August. There will be a limited amount of preparation expected between sessions (approximately one hour/session). 

While sessions will be recorded, fellows are expected to attend every session, because breakout room discussion and workshopping will feature prominently in the fellowship. If the timing and duration of sessions is not accessible, please get in touch with Kayla to figure out alternatives together.

Accessibility and Language

Closed captioning, ASL and Tagalog interpretation are available. Accessibility is a priority for this fellowship–please share all access needs on the application form or directly with Kayla at [email protected] or 323-393-3591 (text/voice). 

Participants receive a $250 stipend, and a limited number of tablets are available to facilitate virtual participation.

About the LTSS for All Grassroots Coalition: We are a member of the LTSS for All Grassroots Coalition, which is led by older adults, people with disabilities, family caregivers–past, present and future–and professional caregivers.  We are a growing grassroots movement who believe we all deserve to live, age, and work with dignity.  

Community Partners

Our community partners are Senior & Disability Action, the Disability Organizing Network, the California Alliance of Retired Americans, and South LA Cafe.

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Image description: Bold black words on white background read: “Home and Community-Based Stories (HCBS): A Storytelling and Organizing Fellowship. Are you feeling the effects of our broken long-term care system in your life? Your story is needed to transform that system into something that works for all of us. Apply to Hand in Hand’s HCBS Fellowship to learn how to use your story to build a California where everyone can live, age, and work with dignity. Apply now and learn more: domesticemployers.org/HCBS. Applications close Sunday, May 9” A collage of images depicts a person in their sixties, seated with their child’s arm around their shoulder, both smiling. A young man sits in a manual wheelchair, one arm propped up on the back of the seat, smiling at the camera. A woman sitting at a table, dispensing medication for an older man, who sits in a wheelchair. On the right of the image, Hand in Hand’s logo. Below that, the logos of Community Partners are listed: “DO (Disability Organizing) Network, California Alliance for Retired Americans, Senior & Disability Action, South LA Cafe.

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