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Caregiver Financial Empowerment Study

Introducing the Caregiver Financial Empowerment (CAFE) Study in Partnership with BubbieCare and LEO of Notre Dame

Jewish Family Service of Houston, Austin, and Dallas have partnered with BubbieCare to create a financial literacy and coaching study for Caregivers through the BubbieCare network. The purpose of this study, created in association with the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) of Notre Dame, is for caregivers to work towards increasing income, building savings, and acquiring assets while taking financial literacy courses and participating in financial coaching sessions.

The population the study will be focusing on are individuals who may be employed but are still within or near poverty levels. Through JFS Houston's years of work with United Way’s Thrive model, we have come to know this population as A.L.I.C.E (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed).

JFS created a public private partnership to determine whether we can lift individuals out of poverty and impact the quality of care provided in homes in Houston and hopefully throughout the state of Texas. We are partnering with a specific home care provider, BubbieCare out of Austin, to test our idea.

With this research project embracing the impact of social determinants of health, we want to measure job and financial stability and increase the number of home care workers paying taxes. We hope to see wage advancement and an increased expertise in delivering home care services.

Current and emerging needs in our community:
  • The needs of our aging population for quality homecare
  • Lifting underpaid homecare workers out of poverty by enabling them to make a living wage
  • Improving the financial stability of these home care workers by providing training and coaching, better quality of care for seniors, opportunity advancement for the worker, livable wages and improved financial stability for employees.

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Become Part of BubbieCare

If you are a caregiver and are interested in becoming part of the BubbieCare network, which allows you to set your own hourly rate, follow the link below.

*This is a randomized control trial study and participants are randomly assigned into the study through the University of Notre Dame, signing up to be a caregiver through BubbieCare does not guarantee you will be selected to receive Financial Literacy trainings as part of the study. 

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Financial Literacy Courses

JFS Houston offers coaching and financial literacy courses for two groups: CAFE study participants and individuals from the general community who wish to improve their financial literacy skills.

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The CAFE Study is generously underwritten by: The Pulte Family Charitable Foundation, MB and Edna Zale Foundation, Albert and Ethel Herzstein Foundation and Donna and Philip Tenenbaum.

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