YWCA Honors Memory of Beloved Security Guard

February 24, 2017

If you’ve ever been to YWCA Central Alabama, chances are you met Steve Craig. He was our security guard for more than 10 years, but in reality, he was much more than that. He was our greatest ambassador, our biggest cheerleader, our staunchest supporter, and our dearest friend.

We lost Steve suddenly and way too soon last month, and our YW family – staff members, Board members, residents, clients and volunteers – gathered this week to remember him. We shared stories and hugs, tears and smiles. Mostly, though, we laughed, and that’s just the way he would have wanted it.

To know Steve was to love him. The only thing bigger than his personality was his heart. “In the 33 years I have been at the YW, I have never seen anything rock this agency like the loss of Steve,” said Annie Caudle, director of building and environmental services. “If you came through those front doors, it did not matter if you were homeless, it did not matter if you owned the world. You were treated with the same respect and dignity that everyone deserves.”

Steve was extremely smart and was quick to share trivia and a joke, the cornier the better. His smile was infectious, and he truly led by example. He taught us a lot about what it means to be a friend.

Valerie Johnson, manager of special projects, shared what she called “The ‘STEVE' Effect,” the lessons she learned from him: 

Smile even when life is tough
Treat all with compassion
Embrace others with kindness
Value everyone, give unselfishly
Embed the YW’s mission with sincere love
Please join us as we celebrate Steve’s life and vow to become more like him. Look for ways to encourage others, to elicit a smile and to brighten someone’s day. Look for ways to let your Steve shine.
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