With 50 years of experience in social services, to say Betty Etzler is an expert in the field is an understatement. Beginning her career as a social worker in 1964 prior to the establishment of protective services, Betty was well aware of the dire situations of abused and neglected children as well as the shortage of foster families to care for them.
When DePaul opened its doors in 1977, Betty quickly discovered how DePaul was helping to meet this important need. “DePaul provides excellent quality foster care placements,” Betty remarked. “Since the beginning, I’ve been supportive of DePaul and strongly believe in its mission of forever families.”
Over the years, Betty became familiar with many agencies, yet felt DePaul was particularly child and family focused. She described DePaul staff members as consistent, willing to go the extra mile, and driven to make things happen for their clients. Betty also believes that DePaul has stayed true to its core mission while expanding to meet new needs in the community. Betty’s positive experiences with DePaul encouraged her to become a financial supporter whose contributions help to further DePaul’s mission and services. After a lifetime career devoted to children and families, Betty chooses to give back to an organization she knows is making a difference.
“If someone is interested in being a part of an organization that puts children and family first,” Betty said, “I can’t think of a better organization to support.”