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July 9, 2013

Volunteering is Stephenson’s ‘Christian duty’

TAHLEQUAH — When Becky Stephenson moved to Tahlequah 28 years ago, delivering babies was her main interest.

Stephenson is a certified nurse-midwife at Cherokee Nation Hastings Hospital, and is also an active volunteer.

“I feel volunteering is a way to live out my beliefs as a Christian,” said Stephenson. “It gives me the opportunity to ‘walk the walk’ with those in need.”

Originally from Virginia, she transferred to Tahlequah from Claremore, where she was working as a contract nurse-midwife at the Claremore Indian Hospital when a job opening was advertised for Hastings.

“With nine years of active duty as an Army nurse, I was eager to get a Civil Service position,” she said. “Tahlequah is a community that is very active and has a large number of volunteers who work for causes benefiting the less fortunate.”

She volunteers for the CARE Food Pantry, Feed My Sheep, and the Project O-Si-Yo homeless men’s shelter, along with church and mission trips.

“I have worked with Habitat For Humanity, along with other church members,” she said. “I have done short-term medical mission work in Nicaragua and Guatemala with other religious agencies. And I also helped raise funds  for community  organizations as the community service leader in the OB/GYN Department at Hastings, where we supported Dr. Gregg Woitte for Walk a Mile In Her Shoes.”

Stephenson is a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, and serves as an elder and chairman of the outreach committee.

“I am a board member and volunteer at the Tahlequah Food Pantry and a table hostess for Feed My Sheep every Thursday,” Stephenson said. “Our church is also a strong supporter of the Tahlequah men’s shelter [O-Si-Yo] and I am president of the board there. Several of the board members are also members of the First Christian Church.”

As board president, the men’s shelter is her primary volunteer outlet. She serves as house mom, helping men who find themselves with no place to go.

Stephenson has been volunteering for about 15 years.

Her efforts vary with the groups she helps. She sacks groceries at the CARE Food Pantry. As table hostess, she visits with people who eat at Feed My Sheep, and as house mother at the men’s shelter, she makes sure there’s always a meal and celebration on holidays.

“Actually, touching the lives and making friends with those in need is rewarding,” she said. “Also, I like working with others in the community who feel the same.”

Her family taught her to value volunteering.


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