Tag: PEPS

Featured Volunteer: Katja Petersen

Five years ago, Katja Petersen and her husband joined a PEPS group. “We are both originally from Mexico. When we were pregnant with our first child, we found ourselves with no support network. Thankfully, a friend of ours introduced us to PEPS,” Katja said. “The experience of being an immigrant is not easy because people we love are far away. We are forced to build relationships and connections with people that might not speak our language,…

Counting on Community

The phrase “Counting on Community,” conjures up for me countless stories I’ve heard from PEPS parents. One story that stays with me is about a mom who was struggling with intense sleep deprivation. Like, not your average new baby sleep problems, but a chronic health condition that led to months of sleepless nights. She was exhausted. Midway through her PEPS experience, she walked into that week’s PEPS meeting with tears…

When things don’t look pretty

PEPS mom, Colleen, works part time in her career in marketing now that her two kids are both in school. She shared a story with us about the importance of community, when she joined a PEPS Group in the North Bend, Snoqualmie and Issaquah region.    My husband and I live in North Bend with our two sons, who are…

Parents Need Dates Too

  Parents need a break! Please join us for our first annual PEPS Night On The Town, an evening benefit event to help us strengthen & grow our support programs for new and growing families. Delight in live music and magical cabaret performances Savor hors d’oeuvres and sip signature cocktails Buy raffle tickets, win wonderful and luxe goodies Make an impact…

Connection: something magical borne of a friendship

Quinn screamed the whole car ride to our first PEPS meeting. She was inconsolable during the introductions and screeched through the birth stories. She flailed her arms and threw her little head back, she demanded to nurse countless times and then immediately jerked her head away, sputtering and furious. I bounced her, rocked her, shushed her, wrapped her, passed her…

Dads and PEPS

More than half of PEPS groups include dads these days, which is a big change from when PEPS first got its start in 1981. We just hosted two events for dads that got them – and us – asking questions about what kinds of info and resources dads like most. In late May, we held a focus group to connect…

Celebrating PEPS Volunteers – Jill Farbarik Awarded Unsung Hero from Strengthening Families Washington

April is Volunteer Appreciation month, and PEPS is proud to share news about a great PEPS leader. Jill Farbarik, one of our Spirit of PEPS award winners, was selected to receive an Unsung Hero award from Strengthening Families Washington at the Washington State Department of Early Learning. Jill was recognized with 2013 Spirit of PEPS Award for her leadership in…