The Kirk Healing Center for the Homeless will honor State Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) on Oct. 3. Stephens, who represents District 164, will be recognized with The Good Samaritan Award during a presentation event at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets cost $30. Attendees are asked to RSVP to 912-369-2402. Refreshments will be served during a meet and greet.
Rep. Stephens has been a member of the State House for 17 years, according to his official Facebook page. He is Chairman of the House Economic Development & Tourism Committee; a member of the Appropriations, Rules, and Ways and Means Committees; and served on the Georgia Tourism Foundation.
He graduated from Armstrong State and Mercer University with a degree in pharmacy. Before being elected to the House, Stephens earned a seat as a city councilman in Garden City. Stephens co-authored the first floating homestead exemption in Georgia now applying in more than 50 taxing districts in the state which effectively freezes property taxes for the homeowner.
Stephens and his wife, Janice, have two daughters, Karen and Ashlin, two grandsons, Walker Reese and James “Beau” William Dukes IV and one granddaughter, Ivey Carolina. The Stephens are members of Richmond Hill Baptist Church.
Stephens appears modest about his many accolades. In 2018, Stephens was awarded the Development Disability Award by the Matthew Reardon Center specializing in autism. He was an Armstrong University Hero in 2017, a J.C. Lewis Outstanding Republican of the Year in 2016, and was given a Georgia Arts Network Advocate Award in 2015. He was named Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Water Coalition in 2014, and Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Rural Health Association in 2013.
The Kirk Healing Center for the Homeless was established in 2005. In 2006 the KHC gained their 501c3 charity status and continued their mission of helping the homeless community. They provide life skills, housing, clothing and assistance in job training. The non-profit’s founders include Dr. Alicia Kirk, Judy Shippey and Wooten. Today, KHC works with Hinesville Homeless Prevention, the Prison Re-Entry Coalition, the Tri-County Protective Agency, Drug Court, WorkSource for Jobs and law enforcement.
Stephens acted as Master of Ceremony for the non-profit’s humanitarian awards banquet in February, when Juvenile Court Judge Linnie L. Darden, III, was recognized.
For more information on the Kirk Healing Center, visit kirkhealingcenter.com.