Support for Families
Let’s be honest, our country cannot survive if we don’t invest in the future. This plan does that on so many levels. The Biden Plan includes money to restart our schools, restoring and expanding high-quality childcare and support for working parents. I applaud the strong commitment to rebuilding our infrastructure and protecting the environment so that our child’s children have a fighting chance to live a life that our Founders envisioned.
Support for Vulnerable People
However, I believe we need this same commitment from cradle to grave. It is just to provide families with the financial and legal supports to raise our next generations but what about upholding the dignity and quality of life for our retirees?
We know the 53 million family caregivers are burning their candles at both ends right now. For those holding full-time employment and caregiving simultaneously, the breaking point is just around the corner. Researchers continue to paint the picture of cultural, socio-economic, and other factors that drive who and how we care for family members. These are the lucky ones. The number of vulnerable people who do not have a social network or family able and willing to care is rapidly growing.
Again, the American Rescue Plan is the opportunity to right the ship in our local communities. I want to make 2021 count, how about you? Let’s use this year and this plan to re-create communities of care from cradle to grave for all people. It is time to Build Back Better.
Let’s Get to Work,
Monica Stynchula, MSW, MPH