CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Pam StaubEmily Hoak
“You may not be able to fix all the craziness in the world but you can help one child at a time. Oftentimes, just changing the trajectory of their life in the slightest degree can land them in a much better place.”
Pam Staub has been a CASA volunteer since the of fall of 2018, and is an attorney and a registered nurse. Pam loves to travel, and expressed, “I love to experience new places, people, foods, geography.” She also notes that she’s developed an interest in cats. She said, “Having grown up with dogs I learned about cats when I cared for and TNR’d (trap/neuter/release) feral cats in my neighborhood. Now I am the owner of two of my own, Gatsby and Cornelius.”
Pam shared what lead her to become a CASA: “I was working from home and felt somewhat isolated and disconnected from my community. I wanted to volunteer and was looking for a good fit for me to help locally in my community. I worked to support children in a variety of roles throughout the years so acting as an advocate for children seemed a natural fit. I also had a teenaged child and saw how challenging life could be for her. I wanted to model to her a spirit of giving and helping of others, especially those in need such as the children involved in these cases.”
Regarding her favorite part of volunteering as a CASA, Pam said, “I really enjoy being with the children involved in my cases. They are often innocent victims of circumstance and they just want to be kids. It is a great feeling when they get to know you and trust you and you are greeted with a big smile when you visit. I am honored and humbled to try to be their voice during what may be the most challenging time in their young lives.”
When asked why she continues to volunteer, Pam expressed, “When I am busy or life gets complicated I sometimes think about quitting and then I remember there is a child who is in a much worse position than I. I have found my mentors and supervisors to be so supportive and flexible with my needs. They are so appreciative of the time and effort put into each case. They are truly committed to helping others and I would like to emulate their passion for improving the lives of children in our local community.”
Pam added, “You may not be able to fix all the craziness in the world but you can help one child at a time. Oftentimes, just changing the trajectory of their life in the slightest degree can land them in a much better place. I can honestly say that in the last case I handled the young boy involved was helped and I feel his life will be immeasurably improved.”
Thank you, Pam!
In honor of Rose Butler who was a CASA volunteer, and who further supported the mission of CASA as a staff member supervising and mentoring many of our volunteers, we are featuring one CASA volunteer each month who is making a difference in the lives of children in Porter County.