Greenville, S.C. - Aug. 30, 2021 - Caring Magazine, a publication of The Salvation Army for those who care about making an impact for good, recently held its first annual Caring Hero awards, illuminating individuals within the organization around the United States who go above and beyond in their service to others. Lauren Stephens, Director of Social Ministries for The Salvation Army in Greenville, was named a Caring Hero for her work addressing homelessness in the community through the shelter services she oversees, despite balancing recent health struggles and family commitments.
Stephens was the only person in South Carolina to receive the recognition at the Caring Heroes award ceremony, held virtually recently. Nominations were accepted earlier this year, inviting Caring readers to shine a light on someone within The Salvation Army who exhibits selfless service to others, and works to “do the most good” in their communities.
“The Caring Heroes awards are a way to highlight and thank those who are making positive impacts in ways big and small, especially over the past year,” said Christin Thieme, Editor in Chief of Caring. “Lauren’s dedication to helping every person who passes through the doors of The Salvation Army in Greenville, all while navigating her own health and raising a family, is truly remarkable. She is a hero in every sense of the word, and we are glad to be able to recognize her for all of her hard work and compassion.”
Meagan Hofer, Assistant Territorial Director of Communications for The Salvation Army USA South, nominated Stephens for the Caring Hero award. Hofer said, “Lauren inspires me through her perseverance. She stands up for others and truly is a voice for the voiceless. As a mom myself, I know how challenging it can be to find a work/life balance, especially when your role requires you to wear so many hats. So the fact that Lauren oversees all homeless services for The Salvation Army in Greenville, while being a mom, wife, and battling her recent diagnosis WITH a smile on her face is truly inspirational.”
The 2021 Caring Heroes award recipients were honored during a recent live virtual event, which included musical guests Matt Woods and Jill Ulmer, and keynote speaker Brad Montague, New York Times bestselling author and creator of Kid President.
For more information, or to see the full recorded awards ceremony, visit https://caringmagazine.org/2021-heroes/.
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