Stephanie Curvin finds herself “all over the place” since she was hired as director of the Benevolence Center in March, replacing Heather Lamey.
A typical day last week found Curvin finishing paperwork for a grant that was due at midnight, preparing monthly reports for the board of directors, talking to clients, going back and forth from the warehouse to explain to some of the young men volunteers what needed to be placed on pallets for the move and what needed to be moved around in the current space, and talking to clients.
“I laugh and tell the ladies that volunteer here that it’s like having a conversation with all of your women family,” said Curvin. “It’s 900 voices and topics all at once, and you just keep juggling the balls of conversation. I love, love, love working here.”
The food distribution building is almost completed, which will make everything run more smoothly, said Curvin.
“I love the volunteers,” she said. “They’re like family to me. Where else could you end a phone conversation with someone you work with by telling them you love them. I have clients who just ‘drop’ into my office. They’re used to seeing me, so they often come to me with questions. I’m glad they feel comfortable with me.”
Curvin said her job is made easier because of the board of directors who are always willing to listen and help implement ideas for the center.
“I can’t thank them enough for what they do for this community and me,” she said. “Right now we have 33 board members, which is a great deal of input from our community. It helps us to keep up with the needs here because we have someone everywhere that can let us or the potential client know where we are and how we might be of service.”
She said one of the best things about her job is the feeling she has of going home at night knowing that someone is benefiting from food, power or shelter because the Benevolence Center was able to help them.
“You know a new shirt or a good haircut can make you feel good, but having someone hug you because you were able to help them keep their power on or the roof over their head, that’s a feeling of humbleness that I would hope everyone gets to experience. God put me here just when I needed it, and I hope that I can serve Him through the people of Piedmont.”
Curvin said she felt at home right away when she was hired as the center’s office manager in 2012.
Curvin was born in Anniston and attended Weaver High School and Jacksonville State University. She and her family live in White Plains. Her husband, Craig, works at Anniston Army Depot. Their children, Gage, 15, and Tanner, 9, attend Piedmont schools. They are members of The First Baptist Church of White Plains. Her parents, Bill and Glenda Stephens, live in White Plains, and her brother, Eric, lives in Munford.
Curvin said most of her family’s activities are centered around sports, including Alabama football.
“My children play sports year round,” she said. “We enjoy all sports, which works out since it consumes our life. We are always at a football, basketball, or baseball game.”
Before Curvin worked at the Benevolence Center, she was a substitute teacher at White Plains and owned Monkey Bones, a children’s consignment and custom store in Anniston.
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