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Libby Hein to head Catholic Charities’ CAPA program
the Inland Register
(From the Oct. 23, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)
Libby Hein is the new director of Catholic Charities’ Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) program. (IR photo courtesy of Catholic Charities, Spokane)
Libby Hein, a counselor for eight years with Catholic Charities’ Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) program, has been hired as the program’s director.
She replaces Bonnie Deabler, who retired last month after nearly two decades with the organization (“Bonnie Deabler retires after 19 years of service to young parents through CAPA program,” IR 10/2/08).
Hein’s dedication to the program, which provides counseling, parenting and birthing classes, doulas, labor coaches, and other supportive services for those who are single and pregnant or parenting young children, is plain.
“I think this program is so amazing,” said Hein. “I have always been in awe of our young parents with their resilience and strength. There is no better time in a woman’s life for growth than when she gives birth, because nothing is more valuable to us than our children.”
After earning a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Washington University, Hein spent eight years learning from Deabler. “Bonnie has been a true mentor, and I was very sad to see her go,” said Hein. “She taught me so much about the importance of always looking out for our young moms and putting your heart and soul into CAPA.”
Hein anticipates that the biggest challenge of the job will be meeting the needs of the community. For example, the program always has a waiting list for counseling.
The position includes supervising four staff members, as well as interns, volunteers, and temporary workers. Hein also will be writing grants and doing other administrative tasks, while making sure not to lose touch with the young mothers themselves.
“I find it very auspicious that my hire date, Sept. 18, was (the late) Donna Hanson’s birthday,” Hein says. Hanson was head of Catholic Charities for 27 years. She died in 2005.
“I want to live with that same kind of will to serve the vulnerable that Donna showed us every day,” said Hein. She adds that, though the title has been changed, the position she held formerly is very similar to the one in which Hanson started her tenure at Catholic Charities.
Program development is Hein’s passion and plan at this point. As a program, CAPA has grown steadily over the years, and continues to do so, which she finds exciting. CAPA, she said, “is a program that truly empowers young women. I couldn’t be in a better place,” both Catholic Charities in general and CAPA in particular.
Filling this position fits with her beliefs and feels like an amazing opportunity. “And I love the staff,” Hein said. “The people who work at Catholic Charities aren’t in it for money or glory; they’re in it because they truly have compassion for those we serve. It is an honor to work with them”