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PCA honored at State House from L to R: Kathleen Chagnon of Montague, Annie Mae Bell of Roxbury, Marcy Dube of Worcester, Diane Hahn of Fairhaven, Ruth Kahn, widow of Paul Kahn, Thomas Hahnen of Lynn, and Alice Moore, Undersecretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services. The awards are named in honor of Paul Kahn, a long time PCA employer and advocate, who died in 2010

 Five PCAs honored in 7th annual Paul Kahn State House award ceremony

Five individuals from across the state were honored for their dedication and outstanding performance as Personal Care Assistants in a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on October 4. The awards are named honor of Paul Kahn, a long-time disability rights advocate from Newton who died in 2010.

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Recognize your outstanding PCA

Each year, 5-PCAs from across MA receive a Paul Kahn Award for outstanding PCA Service. If you employ an exceptional PCA, consider nominating him or her.  Deadline for nominations has been extended to July 15. Click below to view and complete a nomination form or call 617-348-5317 for more information.

2016 Paul Kahn Nomination Form>>

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The Boston Globe profiles Rewarding Work

The Boston Globe recently interviewed Elenore Parker of Brookline and Jeffrey Keilson of Ashland, co-founders of Rewarding Work Resources, the non-profit organization that created and manages the Rewarding Work family of matching service directories

Click here to read Boston Globe story

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Mass PCA - Respite Directory connects Chelmsford family and PCA 

Rewarding Work’s “godsend” of a directory helped a PCA and a man injured in a tragic accident find each other.

Click here to read Lowell Sun story 

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Jeffrey Keilson chosen by AG to Disability Rights Committee

Jeff Keilson, co-founder and vice president of Rewarding Work Resources, has been chosen by Attorney General Maura Healey to serve on her Disability Rights Advisory Committee.

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An accident changed everything!

The lives of the Makris family of Chelmsford, MA, were upended one hot July night in 2011, when Steven was involved in a hit-and-run accident.

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Belchertown Resident Irina Ukrainets Profiled for her Work as PCA

The Daily Hampshire Gazette recently profiled Ukrainets, a Paul Kahn Award winner for her outstanding work as a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) for consumer Harriet Lee Vageline.

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Five Mass. Residents Honored as PCAs in 5th Annual State House Ceremony

Hyacinth Edwards of Dorchester; Wendy Whelan of West Townsend; Jeremy Kawachi of Natick; Sherrie Booker of New Bedford; and Irina Ukrainets of Belchertown were recently honored for their dedication and outstanding performance as Personal Care Assistants in a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House.

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Mass Re-Hab Commissioner Charles Carr Honored as Pioneer of PCA Program

Charles Carr, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, recently was honored as a pioneer of the state’s PCA (personal care assistant) Program at a recent State House ceremony.

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Rewarding Work celebrates 10th anniversary and expands in two states

Celebrating its tenth year of operation, Rewarding Work Resources, a nonprofit organization, is expanding its services in Massachusetts and into New Hampshire to meet the increasing demand for in-home care workers.

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Nominate a deserving PCA for the 5th Annual Paul Kahn Award

Do you know a personal care attendant whose service and dedication to PCA work deserves recognition? If so, consider nominating him or her for the 5th Annual Paul Kahn Awards for PCA Service.

Click here to find out how to nominate your favorite PCA

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Meet Cindy Purcell, new member of the Mass. PCA Workforce Council

The PCA Workforce Council, which uses citizen engagement to strengthen the PCA (personal care attendant) program in Massachusetts, recently appointed Cindy Purcell of Rutland, MA, to a three year term. As a consumer in the MassHealth PCA program, as well as a new member of the PCA Workforce Council, Cindy hopes to use her position on the Council to further improve the job outlook for PCAs.  Personal care attendants make it possible for individuals with disabilities and elders to remain living at home. Cindy has used PCAs for the last 34 years.

Click here to read more about Cindy Purcell

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Anne Johansen New Member of PCA Workforce Council Advocates for Independent Living

Quincy, MA resident Anne Johansen was recently appointed to a three-year term on the Massachusetts PCA Workforce Council. As a consumer in the MassHealth PCA program, as well as a new member of the PCA Workforce Council, Anne is emphatic in her support for PCA workers and their rights. She says, “Workers need to have a good job in order for us to have a good workforce.”

Click here to read more about Anne Johansen.

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Increase your job prospects on Friday, March 8

Looking for a PCA job? Join an upcoming FREE webinar to increase your hiring prospects! Click here for more information.

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Meet the 2012 Paul Kahn PCA Award Recipients

The Paul Kahn PCA Award recipients for 2012 – chosen for their dedication and outstanding performance as PCAs – were honored at a State House ceremony in September. Award recipients were chosen from five regions of the state. Click here to read their stories.
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Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition (MLRC) sponsors first annual Statewide Family Caregiver Conference

The conference, which is for Family Caregivers across the lifespan, will run from 8:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, November 2, 2012, at the Mass. Special Olympics Yawkey Sports Training Center, Marlborough, MA.  Anyone caring for any individual with any disability of any age anywhere across the state should attend.

Rewarding Work's Elenore Parker will be a featured speaker at the Conference.  She will cover strategies to find a respite provider; new skills to make the hiring process easier; and the importance of checking references and conducting CORI background checks.
 
Click here to view the flyer. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Rafferty at macaregivers@yahoo.com or call 781-693-5156.

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PCA Workforce Council held public forum in Worcester

The Massachusetts PCA Workforce Council held a public forum on April 10, 2012, in Worcester at Easter Seals Massachusetts.

Consumers of MassHealth PCA Services shared comments and concerns regarding the program with members of the PCA Workforce Council. Issues discussed included:

• PCA workforce development efforts
• The council’s mission statement and work
• Development of the PCA Directory

The PCA Workforce Council will hold additional public forums throughout the state. Watch for upcoming dates.
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Rewarding Work Directory Solves Care-giving Dilemmas for Children with Disabilities

Inviting a new person into your home to care for you or a family member is a far more personal matter than asking someone to clean your home or do carpentry.  And searching for someone to care for a vulnerable child with a disability, who has difficulty communicating, is even more daunting.  Cassandra Z of Whitman solved this challenge through the RewardingWork directory. 

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Website improvements are here 

Hiring a PCA is even easier thanks to recent upgrades to our online registry. A new, preliminary search feature helps consumers quickly find workers who meet their needs. Now you can easily find a worker who lives near you, is available the days and hours you need, or has certain qualifications you require such as a valid driver’s license. You can save your search and sign up for email notifications when a new worker fitting your needs applies for a job.

Website upgrades benefit workers, as well. Job applicants may now upload resumes to provide more detailed information to prospective employers. Workers should be sure to modify their application frequently. Your application will automatically be suspended if you do not make changes to it within 12-months.

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Need Help?

Sign up for a free web conference if you would like to “walk through” these changes with us in a special web conference. To register, email eparker@rewardingwork.org.

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Post a Job

Consumers and their families may now post job openings directly on our online registries for a $10 fee. Only workers registered with us will be able to respond, and your personal information remains confidential. Job applicants do not contact you directly; responses to your ad are forwarded to you through a secure mailbox system operated by Rewarding Work. Click here for more information.

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Did you know about Massachusetts CORIs?


After you have identified, interviewed and checked references on a PCA and are now prepared to offer employment, did you know you can conduct a CORI on that person for free?

If you or a family member are 60-years of age or over or are "wholly or partially dependent on others to meet your daily living needs," you may request Massachusetts Criminal History Information on the worker you wish to hire. There is no fee assessed for requests submitted for this purpose. You and your prospective PCA will need to sign and notarize a request form.

Massachusetts CORIs do not provide national criminal information. Information provided covers only a person's Massachusetts criminal history. For additional information contact the Massachusetts Criminal History Systems Board at 617-660-4600 or download an online form.

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