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Holiday Offers from Local Co-ops Developed by SCO’s Center for Family Life

December 1, 2014 / SCO News

Our Center for Family Life’s Co-operative Development Program has been developing local worker-owned co-operatives since 2006. The co-ops we’ve incubated are allied together as the Co-operatives United for Sunset Park (CUSP) to share ideas to mutually support and strengthen each other and the community. As the Holidays are upon us, think of our members for your cleaning, childcare, elder care, dog walking and pet care needs. A gift certificate for our services makes a great present!

Trusty Amigos

Trusty Amigos Dog Walking & Pet Care Co-operative

Trusty Amigos Dog Walking & Pet Care Co-operative, the newest member of our alliance, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting throughout NYC’s five boroughs. Trusty Amigos is a socially responsible cooperative business where the walkers are the owners of the company. Member-owners are committed to being loyal amigos to clients, pets and fellow coop members: Trusty Amigos is fully insured and is a member of the National Association of Professional Petsitters. Please consider Trusty Amigos for your dog walking and pet care needs! As a special Holiday thank you, Trusty Amigos is offering a 15% discount for pet sitting from 12/24 through 1/4/15. Trusty Amigos is also offering dog walking and pet care gift certificates at 20% off regular prices – a great gift for furry friends and their families! For more information, please call Trusty Amigos at 718-618-5474, email info@trustyamigos.coop and check out www.trustyamigos.coop.

golden Steps

Golden Steps

Golden Steps Co-operative provides non-medical companionship care to seniors. They are a cooperative of well-trained home companions that care for seniors as they were family, handling their daily non-medical tasks and helping them to get around so that they can continue to live safely at home and enjoy their lives to the fullest. The cooperative business is run by women in the Sunset Park, Brooklyn community. The cooperative was launched by the worker-owners in June 2011 with the support of the Center for Family Life’s Worker Co-operative Development Program. All of the 7 members make decisions about the business collectively and are dedicated to receiving training on an on-going basis to continue developing their skills as professional companions for their clients. Golden Steps offers two hours of free home care to anyone wanting to try out their services. For more information, contact info@goldensteps.coop, call 718-687-1978 and visit www.goldensteps.coop.

Beyond Care

Beyond Care Child Care Co-operative, Inc.

Beyond Care is a socially responsible co-operative business owned and run by women. It was launched in Sunset Park, Brooklyn in June 2008 by 19 immigrant women and with the support of the Center for Family Life.  Today, Beyond Care has 40 members who offer Full Time, Part Time and Rapid Care services to New York City families and organizations. The members are committed to providing child care that goes beyond basic: while any child care provider should keep children safe, Beyond Care members strive to educate and engage children in ways that nurture and stimulate their development.  For excellent childcare services, please call Beyond Care at 917-463-0399, email childcare@beyondcare.coop and visit www.beyondcare.coop.

Si Se Psuede

Si Se Puede! Women’s Cooperative, We Can Do It! Inc.

Si Se Puede! was launched in Sunset Park, Brooklyn during the summer of 2006.  With the support of the Center for Family Life (CFL), 15 founding members came together to conceptualize, plan and launch a women-owned, women-run business. After reviewing research on housecleaning, women-run businesses and evaluating the groups’ strengths and skills, participants decided to begin as a cooperative housecleaning business. Today the coop has 64 members and continues to grow each year due to demand from their clientele. Members have opportunities to assume leadership roles, and all decisions about the structure of the business are made democratically.  The cooperative is designed to create living wage jobs that will be carried out in a safe and healthy environment, and to promote social supports and educational opportunities for the members For for information, please call 347-662-2440, email info@wecandoit.coop, and check out www.wecandoit.coop.

Also, check out Emigre Gourmet Catering Collective

Émigré Gourmet Cooking Collective, while not a member of CUSP, was launched in 2009 with the support of CFL’s Co-op Development Program. The members have been preparing the cuisines of their homelands since childhood. They specialize in the cuisines of Latin America, the Caribbean, South Asia and the Middle East. The services offered by the collective include catering, cooking lessons and market tours. The members are paid the full amount charged to the customer; there is no fee for their participation in the collective. Furthermore, the members in the collective have been supported to develop literacy skills and to learn about the technology used to promote their business, providing them with tools that they can use to start businesses and earn a fair wage now and in the future. For for information, please call 718-633-4823, email emigregourmet@gmail.com, and check out emigregourmet.weebly.com.

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