35 years and hundreds of kids later, his passion continues.
Gary Turner has the natural-born talent of a social worker. He grew up in Lansing with five siblings, and his home was always open to friends and neighbors. His mother was a home-maker and took care of everyone. Gary was inspired by the way she helped people with their problems.
"My mother was probably the biggest inspiration as far as me getting into the field," said Gary. "She taught us to always have that helping mentality."
Gary knew that social work was his calling. He studied Sociology at Michigan State University and took a job in Washington D.C. after graduation. He was excited to head off into the world and make change by assisting lower income families; however, the job wasn't what he expected.
"I kept thinking they would call on me for a new opportunity actually helping people, but it never happened," he said.