Carlos Llenes is on the front lines of the movement for just, equitable and sustainable recovery and rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy. Originally from Ecuador, Carlos has been a remediation worker for more than 20 years, and is working with the environmental remediation company Synatec Incorporated to thoroughly clean and rehabilitate homes throughout New York and New Jersey that have been infected with mold due to flooding from Superstorm Sandy.
What does caring mean to you? I’m Nancy Salazar, and I'd like to tell you what caring means to me. Being a home health aide is hard work – I wake up early, so I can get to work at 8am, and my workday doesn’t end until 8pm. But I don’t mind the hours.
It just doesn’t make sense that real estate developers and large retail chains are able to cash in on subsidies that will actually lead to fewer jobs than we had before. Small businesses like mine make an important contribution to the community, but they aren’t being adequately supported.