We are a worker-owned cooperative providing homemaker and personal care services to individuals in their homes.
We inspire living through compassionate care and quality service, because we are worker-owned. Our worker-owners will go above and beyond for our clients to provide a quality of life for them through honest and compassionate care.
Our worker- owners reflect the cultures and languages of New Mexico, and the challenges of securing quality home care in our rural communities. We have worked hard to develop a cooperative spirit and we follow the cooperative principles. To be successful in our cooperative business, we seek technical guidance from business cooperative development experts.
We are formed as a Cooperative Association with the State of New Mexico. We aspire to be a licensed Home Health Agency.
Caregivers in Sandoval County and Lea County New Mexico formed Heart Is Home Cooperative Care in 2016 to provide better wages, training, and benefits for workers living in rural areas of the state. The cooperative also serves as an alternative to employment through for-profit home health agencies.
Heart Is Home workers participate in decision making about the business operations and elect members of the Board of Directors. As a cooperative, Heart is Home operates essentially at-cost because any profits are distributed to the caregiver-owners.
Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition is supporting this business start-up. View the press release “Funding for Direct Caregivers Made by USDA RD.”
Seven Cooperative Principles
- Voluntary, Open Ownership
Open to all without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination. You may shop, you may join, and you may leave the co-op at any time.
- Democratic Owner Control
One Owner, one vote. Your voice will be heard.
- Owner Economic Participation
Owners contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. The economic benefits of a cooperative operation are returned to the Owners, reinvested in the co-op, or used to provide Owner services. You control the capital.
- Autonomy And Independence
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their Owners. Together, you are autonomous.
- Education, Training And Information
Cooperatives provide education and training for Owners so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperation. You can develop yourself into the consumer you want to be.
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Cooperatives serve their Owners most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, regional, national and international structures. You are more successful when you cooperate with others who know how to cooperate.
- Concern For The Community
While focusing on Owner needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their Owners. You can do something for the community even as you keep succeeding.