Home Care Associates of Philadelphia, Inc.

Home Health Care Services

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

United States

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About Home Care Associates of Philadelphia (HCA)

Since 1993, Home Care Associates of Philadelphia (HCA) has dedicated itself to a quality care through quality jobs mission. By providing quality home care jobs, HCA works to ensure quality care across the Philadelphia metropolitan area for elders and people with disabilities. Throughout its history, HCA has trained and placed more than 1,800 people in quality employment. Today, nearly all of its 170 staff is made up of women who are also the cooperative’s worker-owners.

In a continued recession, Philadelphia faces unemployment rates near 11 percent, with HCA’s targeted communities seeing significantly more challenging employment and living conditions. HCA responds by providing free training and guaranteed, high-quality jobs for hundreds each year.

In the home care industry, aides must typically hold a number of part-time jobs to earn a decent income. In contrast, HCA provides its home health aides with full-time hours, and employees also receive: health insurance; dental insurance; transit passes; paid time-off; life insurance; worker-ownership opportunities; case management; and other supportive services. These practices promote retention for HCA’s workforce and ensure continuity of care for clients. HCA provides competitive wages, and its employees receive regular raises.

HCA and its Board—which includes home care workers who are worker-owners—decided to become a B Corp to bring the perspective of a low-income workforce to the growing social enterprise movement. With our Bronx-based affiliate Cooperative Home Care Associates, we sought to join a vibrant group of conscious employers who are transforming the way business is conducted.

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The Change We Seek®

Founded by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (www.PHInational.org), Home Care Associates of Philadelphia has seen the significant impact of high-quality home health care training and job creation on promoting economic security and social cohesion among caregivers and their families—and on the lives of clients who rely on their quality services—for nearly 20 years.

Now, as Pennsylvania works to address fiscal challenges, the quality of care for its low-income residents is in jeopardy, and HCA is responding to ensure that its high-investment, high-return strategies help to preserve quality at a time of significant policy change.

With challenges deepening across low-income communities nationwide, HCA joins with its Bronx-based affiliates PHI and CHCA, to promote a quality care through quality jobs framework. Becoming a B Corp reaffirms HCA’s mission—helping the company to measure far more than bottom line financial success as the key to achieving its objectives, and to strengthen the impact of its work to improve the lives of thousands of workers and health care consumers across the country.

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What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

October 2012
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

5
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

45
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

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N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

49
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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6
Overall B Score
156
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Employees: >50% of the company is owned by full-time workers excluding founders/executives; >40% of management is from underrepresented populations; 98% of the company is owned by individuals from underrepresented populations

Environment: >75% printed materials use recycled paper content, FSC certified paper, or soy-based inks

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Press

• PHI Direct Care Workforce News: Guest Commentary, HCA President Karen Kulp Go>>
• PHI Direct Care Workforce News: White House Proposes Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections for Home Care Aides Go>>
• Patriot News Op Ed: Federal Law Doesn’t Treat Home Care Workers Fairly Go »