14 Oct Service Spotlight: Tracy Brabec
This month, Tracy Brabec is celebrating her twenty-fifth year at New Hope! For Tracy, her many years of service have truly been a life journey. Tracy was working for another provider in a direct care position and wanted to become a supervisor. She heard about New Hope from several co-workers and decided to apply for a behavior clinician position in the residential facility. Tracy was hired and later helped with the transition and closure of the facility. She was even one of the last to leave along with several of the clients. She became a supervisor in the Supported Living Program (SLP) and and now serves as a Manager of the program.
Being a part of New Hope’s mission, striving to live the Core Values and working with the SLP leadership team of very different styles has at times been challenging, but ultimately has formed her as a person and is what motivates her to come to work each day. One of the many ways she feels she has grown in her time at New Hope of Indiana, both professionally and personally, is in learning the value of flexibility. Following the rules has always been and continues to be important to Tracy. But for her, learning to be flexible at work with the individuals we serve, associates, peers and families and at home with her family and friends has been an essential life lesson.
At home, Tracy is passionate about her family. She has three sons, one in junior high and two in high school, and a daughter in college. Tracy is engaged and it is certainly easy to remember her fiance’s name, as it is also Tracy. Busy does not even begin to describe Tracy’s balancing act between her work responsibilities and family needs. While she is not necessarily a sports fan, she has loved going to see her kids play in many different sports. Fall is her favorite time of year and she really enjoys hiking, camping and just being outdoors. She is also a Pinterest enthusiast, checking out the recipes, interesting how-to’s and inspirational reflections. Her mom has been supportive of New Hope throughout the years, donating fancy, festive and delicious baked goods for the annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale resulting in some silent auction bidding wars. Tracy has the baking gene, too, and always has interesting and yummy cookies for the annual holiday cookie exchange.
Thank you to Tracy for being such a dedicated and valued member of the New Hope team and family!