Teissy Angel plans doctor visits for her client Yvonne Garcia, 52, who lives with her daughter Marie, 37, both have intellectual disabilities. Some of Teissy's duties are to make sure all Garcia's medical records are updated, assisting her with budgeting, planning meals and grocery shopping, among other things.
Teissy Angel, 25, was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her parents brought her and her identical twin to the U.S. when she was five years old. She remembers her first days in Kindergarten understanding she was different than the other students because she didn't speak English. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) gave her confidence, and the ability to attend community college. She is the current student president at Southwest Community College and also works full-time as an essential domestic caregiver. For the past four years, she has also worked with people who have intellectual and physical disabilities. She is also a member of Chirla, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights and its youth program the California Dream Network. When the pandemic started, the hardest part about her job was to find food for her client, as most of the stores in the area had been emptied by panicked people. She felt like she had to expose herself more than she wanted to by going into different stores to get food and basic necessities for her client.