Congratulations Unsung Hero: Alicia Jennings
February is Parent Recognition Month. Strengthening Families Washington, of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State, believes there is no better way to recognize a parent, grandparent, foster or adoptive parent than by acknowledging the numerous and impressive things they do to strengthen their family and those around them in their community.
Seattle’s Child is proud to sponsor the Washington Unsung Hero Awards, recognizing our everyday heroes and honoring the important role caregivers play in children’s lives. There are 28 nominees for the 28 days of February, and Seattle’s Child will highlight each and every one.
Congratulations to the Unsung Hero for February 25: Alicia Jennings – Bremerton, WA:
Alicia enrolled in Early Head Start as a prenatal client with her middle child. While with us, she engaged in special needs services to boost her son’s development skills following screenings that hinted at possible issues, before he moved into Head Start preschool, all the while working to stabilize a troubling home situation, which resulted in homelessness. She immediately enrolled her youngest child in Early Head Start, acknowledging the supportive strengths that came with partnering with her home visitor at the earliest stages of development of her child, all the while navigating homelessness. Under her own power, Alicia engaged in a Community Jobs program through our agency, which resulted in a position working in an early childhood education/family education program called “The Parenting Place,” which is her “dream job” and is now working to complete her GED classes. She successfully obtained housing for herself and her children in a family shelter, and is on her way to stabilize her housing as she continues working on her personal and family goals.
Nominator: Renee Hernandez Greenfield & Patrece Frazier
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Read the stories about the other inspiring Unsung Hero award winners:
February 1: Christine Matter – Tacoma
February 2: Christena Evans – Spokane
February 3: Carmen Gonzalez – Burien
February 4: Sence Gonzalez – Olympia
February 5: Lina McDonald – Silverdale
February 6: Roseanne Henzel – Yakima
February 7: Jill Homme & Deb Libbey – Battle Ground
February 8: Bulcha Kenate – Tukwila
February 9: Angela Fish – Puyallup
February 10: Anna Kagley – Everett
February 11: Julie Kerr – Bellingham
February 12: Karla Petersen – Seattle
February 13: Talya Miller – Seattle
February 14: Sayuri Foster – Oak Harbor
February 15: Curtis Treadwell - Spokane Valley
February 16: Thomas Harris – Bellingham
February 17: Bill Lash – Lacey
February 18: Bernyce Martin – Tacoma
February 19: Victoria Hilt – Bremerton
February 20: Janay Hill – Olympia
February 21: John Calvin Jones – Tacoma
February 22: Kim & Lynda Unruh – Tacoma
February 23: Libin Egal – Seattle
February 24: Winnie Tat – Seattle