Adela Arce, Education Coordinator, grew up in Santa Clara County. Born to parents who emigrated from Mexico, Adela was raised in a wonderful Mexican community. In alignment with her cultural roots, Adela has been fortunate to give back to her community in varied ways, volunteering at family shelters, food pantries, church events, Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, and as an ESL instructor for non-profit community outreach programs. Adela also has over 25 years of broad experience in Administration and Management Support.

Adela contacted NAMI SCC’s Helpline, attended her first Family-to-Family, 12-week educational course, and soon after, signed up to volunteer as a resource assistant for the same course. Family-to-Family offered answers to many of Adela’s questions and gave her the tools she needed to move forward in her journey with mental illness. Adela is excited to be part of NAMI Santa Clara team as the coordinator for “Ending the Silence”, “In Our Own Voice”, “Family Support Groups”, “NAMI Basics” and “Family-to-Family” education classes.

Adela feels her most important job yet has been motherhood, and she has five amazing souls that she adores, who have taught her more than she can explain. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, road trips, music, and dancing.