What does a life in human services look like? Two of our human services alumni came forward to share their stories and illustrate what a life in human services looks like. Dale and Katie Carper are two recent Grace Christian graduates who have dedicated their lives to serving others. Join us as we learn their stories and what it means to serve others through human services.
Our Human Services Alumni
Dale Carper, class of 2019, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies, and an Associate of Arts in General Studies. Currently, Dale is employed with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services as a CPS Investigator, and CPS Investigator Representative to the Clare County Multidisciplinary Team. He is also part of the State of Michigan CISM Team. Dale also has been a firefighter for 11 years and Chaplin since 2019.
In his various professional roles with MDHHS, Dale investigates cases of child abuse and neglect with developing strategies to reduce the amount of trauma felt by the child involved. He works closely with families and the legal system to ensure the continued safety and well-being of children. Dale has received recognition over the years from MDHHS for going above and beyond as a CPS investigator. He was also recognized by the state representative for his duties serving as a firefighter.
Dale shared that he has many fond memories of his time at Grace Christian and how impactful Grace was. He stated, “The life as a student on such a beautiful campus surrounded by friends who truly care for one another as people was a blessing.” He also shared that he was inspired by Dr. Scott Shaw and Dr. Sam Vinton and is grateful for the impact they had on him.
Katie Carper, class of 2018, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Grace Christian. Like her husband Dale, she also works for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. For the last year, she has been a foster care specialist.
In her role as a foster care services specialist, she works with families who have their children removed from their care and provides the families services in hopes of reunification. She also works with children whose parents have lost their parenting rights and helps navigate the adoption process, independent living options, or guardianship as a permanent goal for their lives. She has received multiple recognitions from MDHHS regarding her work ethic and leadership. Katie also serves on the board of the Gladwin/Ogemaw County Habitat for Humanity.
Katie shared that several professors were influential in her time at Grace Christian. She credits Dr. Scott Shaw and Dr. Jan Schregardus for growing her passion for human services. Katie shared, “I was able to learn more in-depth about the Bible from my classes and her classes paved the way for her to be able to apply to be a social worker 5 years ago.” She also has many fond memories of playing soccer and all the fun trips and relationships with her teammates.
Currently, Dale and Katie live in Gladwin, Michigan. They have two beautiful daughters, Madilyn and Lauren, and also own a small hobby farm with 14 chickens.
Human Services at Grace
Human services is a great program choice for those with a love for serving others. If Dale and Katie’s story speaks to you and you want to learn more about our human services program we’d love to connect with you. Contact us today and learn how you can serve others through our human services program.