Parent-ally mentors are the heart of the Homeward House CORE Collaborative. They are parents who have overcome challenges similar to those facing the parents we serve and are now living healthy, productive lives. As part of the Homeward House staff, they build relationships with parents and support them step-by-step in their journeys.
You are not alone.
Parenthood is the journey of a lifetime, a path that can provide rewarding years, cherished months, and daily blessings. For all the common wonders along the way, every parent travels their own road with their own challenges.
As parent-ally mentors, we have each faced, endured, and overcome the twists and turns of addiction, poverty, and separation from our children. Often we did so alone, without directions to follow or someone to lend a helping hand.
Today, we are walking alongside parents in crisis, lending our own road maps of experiences to pave a smoother path to recovery, family unification, and worlds of possibility.
Cheryl – Cheryl is a testament that self-love can truly conquer all. On her own path through crisis, treatment, and recovery, her greatest tools were ultimately a self-loving heart and a present mind. Cheryl shares her tools with parents amid their own challenges to help them achieve their own personal success.
Lynae – Lynae’s life today is a result of living in the solution. After 36 years of addiction, she now embodies recovery and growth. She patiently guides parents to their own solutions and in how to live them and how to become them — step-by-step. She thrives when she is helping parents grow by being present alongside them so they can leave hardship behind.
Monica – Twenty years ago, Monica was in social service systems from the inside looking out. In 2020, she returned, this time from the outside looking in. Her life has changed for the better, but unfortunately, many of the systems have not. Today, Monica is providing parents with the benefit of her experience, compassion, and support to help them navigate their own paths to success within existing systems.
Photos by Juan Stout JRS Photography
NaTosha – In her addiction, NaTosha desperately searched for someone who really understood her world. Now NaTosha is that person to every parent she works with. Once searching for answers, NaTosha decided to be her own answer. As a result, many other parents are not left to wonder if they will ever be understood.
You are not alone.
We want to help! Learn more about the free services available to parents and their young children who are facing crisis and seeking treatment and recovery in Snohomish County, Washington.
We also acknowledge the history of slavery upon which our country was built and the indefensible inequities that exist for Black people and other people of color today. While the movement for justice and liberation is ever present, this legacy persists, and we are committed to working toward racial justice, equity, and dismantling the barriers and inequities built into the systems of which we are part.