We are pleased to welcome Reavelle Stephenson, one of our newest Comfort Keepers’® franchise owners. Soon, she will be offering compassionate, loving care in two new U.S. markets: Talladega and Tuscaloosa, AL. Tuscaloosa will be opening soon and Talladega will be opening at the beginning of 2013.
Born To Keep
Reavelle Stephenson is a self-proclaimed “Natural Helper.” She was indoctrinated into a life of community service through stories her father told about his days as an EKG tech who passionately served our veterans. She has also been an entrepreneur for a large portion of her life, having owned three different franchise brands spanning as far back as the ‘70’s.
Keeping in the Clouds
It wasn’t until she began working with Delta Airlines, though, that she realized her passion for assisting the elderly. “I could always be found pushing wheelchairs and making sure the elderly made their flights on time. It was just natural for me. Working in Human Resources for so many years made it easy for me to just make sure people’s needs were met.” She worked in Delta’s Sky Club program; it’s an award-winning retreat that allows relaxation, giving travelers the opportunity to enjoy their various complimentary amenities, served as they wait at the airport.
Her kindness can even be felt over the phone as she is soft-spoken and seemingly unaware of the effect she has had on so many lives over the years. “It just became a way of life, working with my Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and my public service work with The Links, Inc. I have remained very active in community service projects over the years.”
While shopping for her home, Reavelle picked up an Entrepreneur magazine and found an ad for Comfort Keepers. Becoming her own boss seemed like the perfect career opportunity as she’s currently raising her grandchild and didn’t like the hours of standard employment. “It didn’t leave me anytime to spend with her [granddaughter]; I wouldn’t make it home until after 10pm!” She missed the flexibility and freedom that self-employment offered; the decision was a no-brainer! She’d been friends with another Franchisee of Comfort Keepers for over 20 years and decided to give her a call to see how she could get started on her new journey! She began her training online, but admits the information didn’t gel together until she attended her “New Franchisee” training in Ohio. “They just made it so easy to understand. I was able to take what I’d been learning online and see it right before me; that made it all worth it! The training was just phenomenal,” she said.
One of her favorite quotes to live by is, “Treat people the way that you would want to be treated.” That definitely seems to sum up the heart of someone who lives to serve others. We are proud to have Reavelle join us and wish her the best of luck in her endeavor!