Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Laura Joseph
Unsung Hero Laura Joseph
Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Early Learning’s Strengthening Families Washington. Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero on seattleschild.com. Nominations are accepted from around the state and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes - outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
February 20, 2017
Honoree: Laura Joseph, Des Moines
Nominator: Leah Joseph
It is an honor for me to nominate my mother, Laura Joseph. She is truly the most selfless person I have ever known. She has three children who she raised as a single mother. Our father walked out when we were very young. She was a stay-at-home mom with no high school education or trade. After he left she went to beauty school to become a hairdresser. During that time she worked numerous jobs to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table: watering lawns, cleaning homes, and running paper routes. There were many nights she went without to make sure we had enough.
Growing up I never felt I went without because for every materialistic thing we didn't have, she replaced with love and faith. After working her way through beauty school, she went on to start working at a salon, still barely scraping by. From there she started building her clientele and opened a small salon of her own. After a few years she expanded and a few years later she expanded again, this time into a full-service salon in the Normandy Park Towne Center.
Through her years of struggles and hardship she has still given back to her community in ways that she is able. She has many clients who are older or less fortunate that come in for free services, free products, and lots of love. This Christmas, a mother and daughter came in and broke down in tears telling us a story of how their life has taken a sudden turn. She reached out to the other hairdressers in the salon as well as into her own wallet and offered cash, gift cards, hair products, and tons of support.
Anyone who knows my mom will honestly say that she is truly the most kind-hearted, loving, strong, honest, faithful person they know. She will not tell you this herself because she will say she is just doing what she loves and what brings happiness into her life. I am so proud of my mama and love her with all I am. I would love for her to be the Unsung Hero of the year. There aren’t enough kind things I can say about my mom and the things she has done and also overcome! Thank you.