Steve has been a volunteer with Samaritans for 5 years. He lives with his wife of 46 years.
Steve and his wife have 3 children and five grandchildren. His oldest daughter is a Speech Pathologist, his second daughter has worked in Special Education, and his son is a detective on the NYPD.
Steve is a retired High School Special Education teacher and served 45 years in that job.
Some fun facts about Steve: His favorite color is blue, and his favorite food is Italian. Steve is a Patriots fan and loves Jimmy Buffet music. Steve loves the show Schitt's Creek, and his favorite movie is the Godfather 1 and 2.
Steve says his favorite vacation was a land/ sea cruise to Alaska. This fall, he went out west from Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon and as many national parks as he could see in between.
He says that having the chance to serve has been important in his life for a very long time.
In his words, “Through Samaritans, I have the chance to speak with so many amazing people. While we meet them at a low point in their lives, their stories are often inspiring. Some of our callers are persevering through daunting challenges. To be able to bring some hope or positive thoughts to them is an honor. Like most times when you help others, you end up getting more in return. I believe that I have grown as a person and have a deeper understanding of some issues faced by many of our callers."
Steve also volunteers as a case reviewer with the department of Children and Families. He is one of three people on teams that go over the plans for children who have been removed from their families. His job is to make sure that the children are safe, that DCF is doing its job well, and that plans to reunite the family or provide permanent placement through adoption are proceeding.
When asked whom Steve would like to spend some time speaking with, he said his 6th-grade teacher Mr. Malvesta. He wants him to know how he inspired Steve to become a teacher.
Some closing thoughts in his own words, "I often think about the people who came before me. We are here because of the vision and dedication of our pioneers. We continue because of that same commitment today. Our group is altruistic in its purest sense. No one thinks they know more than anyone else or is superior on the phones. There is a true commonality of shared purpose. This does not exist in too many places today. It is such a gift to be a part of special people."