Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center named Sally Stevens its 2014 Good Samaritan.
Since 1977, it has been a tradition for Oak Crest to name a community Good Samaritan. A Good Samaritan is a person who cares for others beyond the normal compassion of most people; a person who actively participates in various community organizations and combines community service with personal caring; and a person who works quietly to better the lives of others.
Stevens, who has spent her life serving her community, personifies the Good Samaritan ideal. She has been a member of the board of directors for the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra for more than 35 years, nearly 20 of them as secretary, and has chaired several fundraisers for the orchestra. She has been an active member of the Sycamore Woman’s Club and continues to serve on the club’s board and organize its Memorial Committee programs. She also is a member of the YMCA Board of Directors and has held leadership roles within that organization. Stevens is an active member of the Federated Church in Sycamore, where she has served in a variety of capacities and is now the parish visitor, secretary of the Memorial Committee, and is a liturgist and narrator for special church programs.
A lover and supporter of the arts and education, Stevens can be found at most of the community’s sporting, music and theater events. Many associate her with Northern Illinois University, where she worked for 32 years. She is a member of the University Women’s Club, where she has held a number of offices and chaired many committees. She also has helped to raise funds for local organizations like the Egyptian Theatre and the DeKalb Public Library.
Stevens has lived at Oak Crest for more than 22 years, and the Oak Crest community also has benefited from her dedication to service. She has acted as the “face” of Oak Crest in advertisements and testimonials, and volunteers to represent Oak Crest at local senior health fairs. Her volunteer roles at the retirement community include planning and presenting patriotic and holiday events, preparing and presenting music and literary programs, driving and accompanying residents to doctor appointments, emceeing the monthly “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” program, and planning and presenting the annual resident memorial program. She edited the Oak Crest paper for more than 13 years, and volunteers in a number of other Oak Crest programs.