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Cuidando Familia Inc.

Submitted by: Darlye Coronado
State: Puerto Rico
City: Rio Grande

Business Description

Cuidando Familia Inc. is a non-medical in home care service for elderly in Puerto Rico. Cuidando Familia means TAKING CARE OF FAMILY. Our seniors need the care, warmth and support of our staff.

What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?

Cuidando Familia Inc. is one of the best business in our community because it is devoted to our seniors in Puerto Rico. Our staff concentrates on caring for them with the love and kindness they would receive from their own family. Unfortunately, with a shrinking population and struggling economy, Puerto Rico is faced with some serious challenges. Its population has decreased by 5 percent in the last decade, mainly because of the out-migration, or emigration, of young people. Loss of both jobs and young workers is creating a vicious cycle of economic decline that is hard to escape. A shrinking tax base makes caring for an aging population a strain. Cuidando Familia has a tremendous commitment with our senior population and they need us more than ever. Due to the economic crisis, some are abandoned, hungry and don’t even have proper assistance for their daily needs. Hurricane Maria has worsen everything in unimaginable ways for them and we have decided to step in! Help them live!!

The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

Our score mentor provided us with the necessary guidance to understand the permit system in Puerto Rico that is known for being very complex and expensive. We would greatly appreciate the continued support and public relationship from SCORE and we are focusing this year on finding necessary funds to obtained professional training for our staff and for much needed promotion and advertising to our business.

Please describe the specific ways that your business has been successful and how it will grow in the next year.

In 2017, we began our journey and started growing. We were able to offer work to women that were financially struggling to support their families and had all the professionally skills required to care for others. According to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 19 percent of Puerto Rico’s population was 65 and older in 2016. Due to this rise, it’s imperative we receive the support from our community as we still have a long road ahead of us. In the next year, we aim to care for a larger sector of seniors and provide stable employments.
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