|Honoree’s Name: Lori Barazi
Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:
It is with great pleasure that the Casa Youth Shelter team recognizes the efforts of our longtime volunteer Lori Barazi. Her tireless efforts and leadership have had an important and resounding impact on the kids that we serve.
When Lori first started as a volunteer at Casa Youth Shelter, in August of 2021, she was teaching our residents finger knitting. It quickly became one of the most popular activities! The kids would regularly ask when she’d be back. Before long, Lori was at the House 2-3 times a week for 3-5 hour increments. She sourced donations for the big chunky yarn that the kids loved. She focused on projects they showed the most interest in – from beanies to blankets. And most importantly she always showed up. Lori is totally present with the kids, shows interest in their stories, asks questions, and listens with great compassion.
Not only is Lori beloved by the kids, but by the Casa Youth Shelter staff as well. She is always willing to help out and she has the ability to lift everyone’s mood when she is around. In a recent personnel change, Lori without missing a beat, graciously took over the role of Volunteer Program Coordinator. It is a tireless task overseeing approximately 40 unpaid volunteers and getting them to stick to their commitments, but she has done an amazing job. She easily manages a variety of personalities and needs, always with a smile and a positive attitude.
Lori has brought so much to the Casa Youth Shelter house. She has given us her time and talents and she has taught our kids a skill that they will take with them when they leave Casa Youth Shelter. Finger knitting has proven itself to be a powerful therapeutic tool. It has slowed them down, given them focus, and a sense of pride and accomplishment with each finished product.
Our most heartfelt thank you to Lori and all she has brought to Casa Youth Shelter. She is truly extraordinary!
2023 Spirit of Volunteerism Honoree
Published: April 19, 2023