Seattle’s Child is proud to partner with the state Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington to honor outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
All month long, we’ll introduce you to Unsung Heroes from around the state: biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofits; some mentor others in their communities. Enjoy their stories.
Crystal Peek, Marysville
Crystal is a mom with four children and is the legal guardian and personal care provider to her 18-year-old daughter who is nonverbal with autism, OCD/anxiety disorder, Turner syndrome and special health-care needs and who lives at home in her community with her mom and family.
In addition, Crystal provides caregiving support to her aging grandmother.
Crystal connected with The Arc of Snohomish County over 10 years ago seeking parent connection, disability systems navigation and peer support. Crystal is an active Arc volunteer leader, Helping Parent, IEP Parent Partner, and Marysville Special Education PTSA board member supporting other families in the developmental disability community.
Crystal is the first person I met through The Arc and she helped lead me into the world of advocacy and leadership. To this day she is still helping families navigate services, find support and connect to others. The Arc is a small nonprofit, and we rely on leaders like Crystal to help us with distribution of information, one-to-one support and systems navigations. We could not do the level of work in the community without Arc leaders like Crystal Peek.
Nominator: Jessie Moore
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