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Unsung Heroes: Carlos & Novela Mejia Rodriguez, amazing parents to their family and community


Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington.

Nominations are accepted from around the state and 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.

Carlos & Novela Mejia Rodriguez


Carlos and Novela Mejia Rodriguez are phenomenal parents, grandparents, mentors and they also parent our community. 

I am nominating them both not only for how they parent their own family — through the generations — but also their work in parenting our community.  Their moral compass has guided not only their own children to become successful contributors in our community, but also I have had the joy of watching them care for their grandchild. They are patient, compassionate and playful while maintaining core family values, consistent expectations, and a safe place to learn.  Both show unconditional love, hope and understanding. 

I also see these characteristics in them as they work directly with families and communities across our state.  With a clear mission to promote health and well-being in children, families and communities, they make a daily difference for many.  Both work for nonprofit organizations: Carlos working for Molina Health Care and Novella working for Conseco Counseling & Referral Services.  

In addition, they volunteer in a number of capacities.  You will see both Carlos and Novella at community resource or health fairs across the state sharing healthy smoothies, blankets for the homeless, and resources.  In addition, because of their strong family values you are likely to also run into a member of their family also volunteering because for them community-building is a family affair.  Both Carlos and Novella are fantastic parents, but together they are a tremendous force for the good — for their family, and our collective family. 

They are selfless and two of the most endearing and enduring people I have had the good fortune to meet.  When you meet Carlos and Novella, you will be welcomed with a smile and often a hug.  They are the first to show up and they will stay until every detail is completed.  Their ability to speak two languages has been a significant gift to our community helping others in the nonprofit-social service delivery systems to broaden their reach to underserved populations.  Both Carlos and Novella are the most authentic, genuine, kind, and compassionate people I have ever had the good fortune to know

Nominated by: Shelly Willis

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