When I started as an IHSS provider, I cared for both my parents. After my mother passed away, I continued providing care for my father and a member of my community. My father feels safe and happy because he knows he is loved and cared for by one of his own children. When their caregiver hours were cut drastically in 2000, a union representative helped us get the hours back. I have been active with UDW ever since, helping other members to better understand our benefits and fight for our rights as caregivers. From phone-banking to one-on-one home visits to attending the Orange County Board of Supervisors meetings every Tuesday, I have worked tirelessly for better wages and benefits for UDW members. I am now the Local District Chair Person of our chapters’ Political Council, and am honored to serve as the Secretary-Treasurer of UDW.
I was raised in Vietnam and come from a large family with deep ties to our religious community. In my spare time I enjoy reading, travelling, and writing, and I enjoy an active role in my church.
I strongly believe that a voice can sway the hearts of men and the purpose of a nation, and that the ability to speak one’s mind is a powerful tool. Together we have a voice through our union, and the rights and benefits gained and won by the union effect each and every member. We all have a responsibility to do our part and be as involved in the process of gaining those rights and benefits as we can. Together our voices are powerful!