José Fox ending 2nd decade at United HomeCare Services with new visions for keeping high-risk elderly in their homes
Cuban-born José Fox first realized his attraction to social services during a trip to Honduras in the late 1960s, after earning his degree in sociology in Belgium. Witnessing the poverty and social needs firsthand led him to realize he could help alleviate such circumstance.
Today, with more than 40 years in social work, he is credited with turning around an agency in debt into a strong home and health care organization.
United HomeCare Services, an agency that seeks to improve the lives of low-income residents in need of in-home services, was formed as a division of United Way but became independent five years later.
In 1989, Mr. Fox took the reins as president and CEO, recruiting a strong management team and focusing on expanding its health and home care services. Today, the home care non-profit counts a staff of 450 that makes more than 15,000 visits to clients weekly. "The key is that we have people really committed and engaged that believe in serving others," he said.
Mr. Fox shared the organization's origins, operations and plans with Miami Today staff writer Yudislaidy Fernandez at United HomeCare's Doral offices.
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