Category: Community Connections

Paving the Way for Connection

2020 was full of surprises and change. In 2020, NISO Programs and Program for Early Parent Support partner to offer their first collaborative Spanish-speaking parent peer-support group to families on the Eastside. Read on to learn about their challenges and triumphs.

Your Kids Are Not Too Young

BY SHAWNA GAMACHE (Estimated reading time: 6 minutes) Like a lot of white people raised in the 80s and 90s, I grew up learning racism was bad. Racists were evil and would make themselves known through the blatantly terrible things they said and did. My job as a good white person would be to speak up when this happened. Besides…

Child wearing mask

Stitching Community, One Mask at a Time

In this way, a quarter of quilting fabric and bobbins of leftover thread became something much bigger: a project to unite our family in an uncertain time. We pored over pictures of loved ones wearing the masks we made, our scraps and stitches forming an amulet for them to wear into this new world.

Group Leaders meeting over Zoom

Connection and Community During Uncertain Times

Bringing new parents out of isolation is critical to their health and wellbeing. As PEPS works collaboratively towards the effort of prevention and protection from COVID-19 in our region, groups have shifted to connect remotely. Hear from a PEPS Community Connector, to hear how we’re striving to connect parents during this time of social distancing.

When All Else Fails: More Snacks

By Leah Wyatt Hi, I’m Leah. I’m the mom of two year old boy-girl twins and a four year old daughter, plus I work part-time from home. I like strong coffee, bad reality TV, and childless trips to Costco. Want to be friends?  Was that an awkward introduction? Aren’t they always?  As someone who spends a lot of time at…

three sisters bonded by a love for each other and for PEPS

Three Sisters Bonded by a Love for Each Other – and for PEPS!

Even as smitten new parents are falling in love with their perfect baby, they can also feel alone and confused with the sudden, drastic shift in lifestyle. This is where PEPS steps in—bringing together people in the same stage of life. PEPS groups become a place where bleary-eyed moms and dads can find solace and feel understood.  Having found a…