Once 'displaced,' woman finds reward in helping others

October 27, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Theodora A. "Teddy" Stephen offers directions to those who find themselves at career crossroads.

With 26 years' experience as a state employee, Ms. Stephen, the manager of the county office of the state Department of Economic and Employment Development (DEED), has helped many unemployed people redirect their skills and find jobs.

For her efforts with displaced homemakers, she received the "Partners in Change Award" yesterday at Carroll Community College.

Sherry Glass, director of the college's Displaced Homemaker Program, recommended Ms. Stephen for the award, one of 50 given nationwide.

"Through DEED, she has provided internship opportunities and has hired women from our program for her office," said Ms. Glass. "She has set a standard for business in our community by recognizing the strong assets and impressive strengths that mature women offer employers."

She praised Ms. Stephen's foresight in recognizing the contributions mature women make to the work place.

"Displaced Homemakers is a great organization to work with," said Ms. Stephen. "They really work with people one-on-one."

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