CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Tracy Gapinski

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Tracy Gapinski

“My heart has always been to care for people.”

Tracy Gapinski became a CASA volunteer a little over a year ago. She is a Registered Nurse, and believes she was born to be one. Although Tracy no longer works at the bedside, she currently has a role working in Physician Education and Clinical Documentation. For self-care, she loves listening to music of all genres, and spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Tracy said she had been praying to God to show her where he wanted her. She was looking for his guidance on where he would use her to show grace. Tracy is a survivor of child abuse so she knows some of the challenges that there are for children and how these challenges can resurface at times throughout life. She also has come to recognize that there is hope and there is so much more beauty in the world and in people. Although Tracy had heard of the CASA program many years ago, she had never really investigated the organization. During the pandemic stay at home mandate and, after much prayer, she realized that the CASA Program was where she needed to be.

She expressed that being a CASA can be challenging and even emotional at times, however she noted, “I see families smile and laugh and it is a special thing to be a part of someone’s growth.”

Tracy looks forward to continuing her volunteer work with CASA. She said, “CASA is a great organization with a heart for kids. This program is needed because children need to have a voice and need someone to advocate for them.”

Tracy leaves us with a special bible verse that comes to her mind when she thinks of CASA, as it holds true for her and how she feels about being a CASA: Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the right of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly: defend the right of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9

Thank you, Tracy!

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.

 

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