Partners in Housing Transition’s Director, Carla Baublis, has been involved with Partners since 2007 when she started as a volunteer sorting donations. Prior to taking the position of Director, Carla worked as a full-time teacher and, after having a family, a Title 1 Reading tutor. The connection between stable housing and school performance has fueled her commitment to Partners.
Karen has been on the board for 2.5 years. She joined Partners as a means of thinking beyond oneself. In the words of Audrey Hepburn, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
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Larry became a part of Partners on June 1, 2016. He joined looking for something to do, as the previous year he had undergone open-heart surgery (quadruple heart bypass) and he realized he needed something to keep him more active. Larry loves this job and the pleasure of serving clients. Further, he loves seeing the joy on the children's faces as they realize the bed coming into the house is theirs. The end result is immeasurable!
Becky joined the board of Partners about one and a half years ago. She was impressed with the work Partners does with families in the community, and she particularly likes the focus of providing beds for children. She appreciates the value of providing clients with basic items to set up house. Becky feels that in our disposable society, there are plentiful gently used items that our clients are thrilled to receive.
Anja joined Partners five years ago in 2015 and has been the secretary since 2019. She joined because she wanted to be involved with an organization that makes a difference in the community and helps people in need. In Anja's opinion, it is also nice to give furniture/household items a "second life" in a society that is often too quick to throw things away. In addition, Anja enjoys working with people who she already knew from church.
Don Klug has lived in Kalamazoo since 1976 and is an alumna of Western Michigan University. He has had a successful career in finance and pricing/negotiations for the National Water Lift Company and Parker & Goodrich. Don, and his wife Deborah, are members of Zion Lutheran Church. Don became involved with Partners because he wants to offer his expertise to a ministry that enables people to create livable homes.