Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Patricia Gonzalez
2017 Unsung Hero Patricia Gonzalez
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 13, 2017
Honoree: Patricia Gonzalez, Seattle
Nominator: Robin Tatsuda
Patricia is a mother of three including one with a learning disability and challenging behavior requiring a lot of advocacy and emotional strength. In the past year, Patricia suddenly and unexpectedly became a single mother, becoming the sole wage earner in her household as well as supporting her oldest daughter who just started at the University of Washington. Patricia has endured enormous stress and has persevered against many odds as an immigrant and ESL woman.
In addition to her responsibilities at home and work, Patricia is the Latino Family Support Specialist at The Arc of King County, providing outreach, advocacy and family support to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Despite the overwhelming stress caused by the sudden changes in her family, Patricia continued to empower the Latino community to pursue high-quality, meaningful lives for people with developmental disabilities. Even in Patricia's greatest time of need, she never stopped giving to her community.