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Hispanic Referral Services (formerly, Manos)
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I am looking for information on Manos Housecleaning Service.
Is it a non-profit organization which refers individuals who
typically do not speak English? I am unclear as to what
their actual situation is.
I would prefer to get a housecleaner from their organization
if it helps out people who are looking for work. Yet, I am
slightly unsure about hiring someone who I don't know, or
has not come from a personal referral.
So, if someone can vouch for this organization or offer
information I would greatly appreciate it.
Manos has changed their name and now go by Hispanic Referral Services
(534-8780). I have used their services for housecleaning, heavy
and painting and have been very happy. The people we have hired have
very hardworking and congenial. Their rates start at $10/hr., with a
hour minimum, for cleaners and general gardeners. Skilled workers
(painters and carpenters) get a few more dollars per hour.
I have used Manos in the past and like to support them. They've been
for a long, long time, so must be doing something right. It is true
level of English among the workers can vary drastically, but the
supplies you with an English/Spanish checklist you can use to specify
you want done. With one exception, I was very happy with the work and
attitude of everyon at Manos. Since I can't afford regular
have called Manos from time to time for a one=time cleaning as a gift
myself. Normally, however, I think the idea is for you to find
you'll latch onto on a more permanent basis. You can keep specifying
same person or keep trying new cleaners. Manos seems to appreciate
and they train their people before sending them out. The one person I
like didn't seem to have any training at all, but this was the
She was also the only one to suggest that next time I call her
the books of Manos. I don't know whether this was legit or not, since
didn't wan't her back at all.
Manos' referrals usually do not speak English, but they come with a
in English and spanish so it usually isn't a problem to communicate
want cleaned and how many hours you are willing to pay for. Manos
their referrals pretty throroughly, so they are familiar with a wide
cleaning products and what is expected. I've found they've been very
reliable, are eager to please and work hard, because they would like
invited back, but the quality does vary.
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