Nationally Recognized Philadelphia Worker-Owned Home Care Cooperative Appoints New Leader

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Tatia Cooper is Elevated to Home Care Associates CEO as Karen Kulp Announces Her Retirement

Tatia Cooper, President/CEO, Home Care Associates

Cooper is a leader who demonstrates HCAs’ philosophy that quality home care is delivered by individuals who lead quality lives. Central to HCAs’ business model is creating quality jobs. With better jobs, our workers better themselves and their families. No one who understands that more than Tatia.

Tomorrow Tatia Cooper begins a new professional chapter as CEO of Home Care Associates but she’s no stranger to the organization. She began working at the worker-owned cooperative, a nationally recognized welfare to workforce model, back in 1994 as a job coach. She’s had many positions since and couldn’t be more qualified to take on the top leadership role at the Center City based organization that employs more than 200 workers.

That’s according to outgoing CEO Karen Kulp who retires today after 16 years with Home Care Associates. She sees Cooper’s ascension to CEO as the natural progression for a top human services professional. According to Kulp, Cooper has been critical to the cooperative’s mission of providing quality care.

“Cooper is a leader who demonstrates Home Care Associates’ philosophy that quality home care is delivered by individuals who lead quality lives,” Kulp said. “Central to Home Care Associates’ business model is creating quality jobs. With better jobs, our workers better themselves and their families. There’s no one who understands that more than Tatia.”

Home Care Associates’ workers receive above-average pay and benefits such as company-paid health insurance, a pension plan, life insurance, paid time off, free SEPTA trans passes and the opportunity to purchase company stock and become worker owners. Worker owners are entitled to a share of the company’s profits and a vote at the shareholders’ meeting.

“I’ve had great mentors,” Cooper said. She’s ready to take the reins. “At Home Care Associates, we share a commitment, a loyalty and a passion for our clients in need of home care and for our workers who need employment.” She noted with pride that more than 60 percent of Home Care Associates’ employees formerly received public assistance. Client satisfaction is consistently higher than the national average.

Cooper personally developed tools and approaches that impact Home Care Associates’ workers’ success. Included are supportive approaches to housing, health, transportation and child care challenges.

Cooper earned a Masters of Human Services degree from Lincoln University and is a graduate of North Clayton High School in Atlanta. She is one of many family members with careers in health and human services. Cooper resides in Philadelphia.

Founded in 1993, Home Care Associates is certified as a socially-conscious B Corp. For its innovative approach to job training and health care services, Home Care Associates was recognized with the Pennsylvania Homecare Association’s Best Practices Award, the Governor’s Achievement Award, the American Society on Aging’s Best Practice Award, the Better Business Bureau’s Best Health Service Award and the Philadelphia County Assistance Office’s Employer Recognition Award. For more information, contact Lisa Simon, lsimon(at)sprytecom.com, 215.370.5956.

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