Member Spotlight: Kenia Perez, Parents Helping Parents
Kenia Perez is a Family Resource Specialist at Parents Helping Parents (PHP), a non-profit organization that supports, educates, and inspires communities to build bright futures for people of all ages with special needs. Kenia helps manage resources and information for families facing a diagnosis or seeking an evaluation for a loved one. She supports and guides them through the complex systems of education, region, and community.
Kenia got her start in this field while teaching a parenting class throughout the Gilroy School District. Parents frequently asked her for more special need support for their child with an IEP (Individual Education Program). Not having the knowledge, Kenia took it upon herself to learn and acquire information about resources for these families. She joined a support group and was hired by PHP.
Kenia has been working with PHP for four years now. Her biggest influences are the parents. “When I listen to them speak about the lack of support and their love for family members in need, it sparks my determination to continue my efforts.” She is excited that PHP has established neighborhood offices on the east side of San Jose and in South County, Gilroy. Her hope is to establish another office for even more informational training and resources for families in Gilroy.
When looking for a space to work, one of Kenia’s supervisors suggested she try Greenhouse Coworking. “It is a very convenient and pleasant open space. I really like that it is clean, that it has a nice open spacious feeling, and green colors, which make me feel at home – but better! Wifi connection and free coffee are a must. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Kenia balances work and personal time by keeping these two parts of her life separate. “At work, I like to focus – music helps”. Once Kenia leaves the office, she only spends time on her personal life. “I love spending time with my dog, a mixed wire-haired terrier!”