Pat Stephens, Program ManagerPat Stephens, Program Manager

Pat Stephens grew up in Hailey, Idaho. Perhaps it was working in the small store her parents owned in that central Idaho community that she developed a strong need to help others. Or, maybe it was growing up in a family of four girls. Regardless, she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and later a master’s degree in counseling.

Pat’s career path began with the Idaho State School and Hospital. Her compassion for others grew as she worked closely with adults struggling with mental illness. She later worked at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise as a supervisor in the Home Care/Senior Life/Hospice arena. Again, her compassion for others intensified as she helped those facing loss and the many struggles that can accompany later life.

After working a medical social worker for St. Luke’s, Pat went to work as a program director for the Family Advocate Program in Boise. Working with parents, home visitors, and a variety of community partners provided the perfect background to her work at TVCRN. Her compassionate nature was again intensified as she served in this capacity and as the state director of the Idaho PIRC (Parent Information Resource Center), a statewide coalition of parent education programs.

As Program Manager for TVCRN, Pat is responsible for supervising and assisting four full-time interventionists and three full-time classroom assistants as well as several classroom volunteers. Because she opens each family’s case, she is the first to get to know our families, their concerns, and their precious little ones. Malheur County’s Relief Nursery is blessed to have Pat – and her compassion for struggling families and children living in crisis.

“Each day is a new adventure,” Pat says. “There’s no room for boring because every moment can bring something new, but I love seeing these little faces. Our children give me hope that the world will survive.”

Pat is blessed to have her parents – now in their 90s – living in the same community as she. Her father, Dick Stephens, was one of the World War II veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C., a year ago as part of the effort to get as many veterans from that era as possible to see the World War II memorial.

An avid reader and a very creative artist when it comes to working with wool, Pat is also an excellent baker. (The entire TVCRN staff can attest to this after they finish licking their fingers from the last creation she made for someone’s birthday!) Technically a vegetarian, Pat is always on the lookout for the word that will more accurately describe her as one who loves cheese, chocolate, and coffee …