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Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Heroes Oscar and Wendy Ibarra

In addition to their four natural children, they have welcomed dozens of foster children into their home. The Ibarras treat each child as one of their own.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Heroes Miranda and Dan Rusler

They display a commitment to quality education for all deaf and hard of hearing young learners in the area.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Linda McCloud

Whenever there is a family in crisis and they feel too ashamed to ask staff for help, they turn to ‘Auntie’ or ‘Grandma’ Linda because they trust her and know she will assist them without judgment or hesitation.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Lisa Bodner

Lisa has been tireless in her advocacy for her son Sam.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Heroes Stephanie and George Flores

Stephanie and George took in five siblings to keep them out of foster homes and in their community.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Alise Hegle

Alise Hegle is an amazing young woman who exemplifies the five protective factors.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Melissa Brooks

The love and compassion Melissa showers on her family, and the families of children with disabilities in the Tri-Cities, is a testament to her character.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Gary Modine

Family Life Pastor Gary Modine has done so much to help the students and families at our school.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Laura Joseph

Anyone who knows my Laura will honestly say that she is truly the most kind-hearted, loving, strong, honest, faithful person they know.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Margarita Trejo

Margarita is a great mom, a great student and a great child care provider.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Rachel Anderson

Rachel has been an amazing caregiver and community member who took on much more than any person should and did so with tremendous grace and fortitude!

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Kerry Boone

Kerry Boone is a dedicated mom driven to make the world a better place for her children, and all of ours.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Heroes Lynsey and Cody Bilbruck

Cody and Lynsey Bilbruck are an amazing foster family with many gifts.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Catherine Gutz

Catherine’s resilience and ability to see and encourage the good in others is honestly amazing.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Minerva Delgado

Minerva models a positive attitude toward life-long learning and is a great role model for her children and for other families.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Patricia Gonzalez

Even in Patricia's greatest time of need, she never stopped giving to her community.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Elena Gomez Cruz

Elena has helped many parents with her experience and has encouraged new parents to get involved in our group and to be advocates for their kids.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Laura Thrailkill

Laura Thrailkill could be used as a textbook success story of how the human spirit, especially that of a mother, can overcome adversities that would be difficult for any person to face.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Maria Rodriguez

She is strong and continues to ride the waves out until the storm passes, giving strength, love and security to her family and all of the children in her care.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Trisha Bennett

Trisha is doing an amazing job raising her four daughters staying connected with the community!

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Shereese Rhodes

Shereese is a powerful parent leader who puts a lot of love into everything she does.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Johnnie Westergreen

Every day she is building protective factors for her birth children, for her foster children, for her adoptive children and for all the children that have been and will be in her care.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Dean Yohe

Since 2006, Dean and his wife have cared for nearly three dozen foster children.

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Heroes Kacey and Chris Bode

They are teaching their own children what it is to be resilient, how to access resources and how to build a healthy support system.

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