Walk a Day in My Shoes
US Senate Candidate Paul Hodes "Walks A Day in the Shoes" of SEIU Nursing Home Worker Nicole Thomas
New Hampshire's general election in began when U.S. Senate candidate Representative Paul Hodes "walked a day in the shoes" of nursing home caregiver Nicole Thomas in Strafford County.
Hodes spent the morning taking care of residents at the Riverside Rest Home in Dover, including feeding them breakfast, housekeeping, and participating in a disaster training exercise with staff and Dover firefighters to ensure patients can be transported to safety in any emergency.
Dan Onorato, the Democratic nominee for Governor, spent a few hours walking in the shoes of Shanrika Dukes, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at the Somerton Center nursing home in northeast Philadelphia. Shanrika has been working at Somerton Center for 15 years and is an elected member of the SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania Executive Board.
"Before he got there, I thought he might be scared to interact with the residents or do all the things that I do," said Shanrika Dukes. "But he did really well. He talked with them, asked lots of questions and did everything a rookie employee on the job would do. His commitment to the residents showed and it was fun working with him."
California (Bellflower and Los Angeles)
A typical morning at work for Tonia McMillian begins at 7:00 a.m., cooking breakfast for the 10+ children she currently cares for as a child care provider out of the Bellflower, California family child care home she operates. From there, each day for the children Tonia cares for includes plenty of facilitated playtime, reading, and two hours of preschool curriculum. On February 11, Tonia had an extra hand to assist her with nurturing, teaching and caring for the kids--Luis Marquez, the Democratic Candidate for the California State Assembly in District 50.
Marquez spent time with Tonia as part of SEIU's "Walk a Day in My Shoes" campaign to get every elected official to experience firsthand what life is like for working people. More photos of their day spent together are available on Flickr.
On April 14, 2010, Tom Barrett, candidate for Governor of Wisconsin for Governor, was invited to spend a day on the job as a home care worker in Stevens Point.
Highlights from the Barrett/Dufek/Burton Walk a Day are available on YouTube.