Immigrant-Owned Home Healthcare Cooperative Launches in ABQ

ABQ Assisted Care en Comunidad, the inaugural immigrant worker-owned home health care cooperative in Albuquerque, is marking its official launch.

The cooperative is set to celebrate its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Encuentro headquarters, located at 907 Fourth Street SW.

Encuentro, a nonprofit that provided training and support to AACC, is hosting the event as detailed in an AACC press statement.

During the celebration, attendees will have the opportunity to discover more about AACC's mission and approach to community care.

The event will also introduce the cooperative's trained member-owners, who are dedicated to serving seniors and individuals with disabilities.

This unique ownership and management model ensures that profits benefit the caregivers directly, bypassing any intermediary firms.

AACC expects this structure to result in lower turnover rates and more personalized care services, as highlighted in the press release.

Founders Angelica, Maricela, Susana, and Virginia Cantua, with the support of Brook Bernini, Encuentro's economic opportunities manager for the home health aides program, spearheaded the cooperative's establishment.

AACC's member-owners have undergone over 130 hours of training through Encuentro's home health aide program.