In Memoriam

On August 19, 2017 our beloved brother, mentor, and friend Michael Stephenson passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, leaving us all devastated and grateful. We are deeply saddened by the loss of the force of nature that Michael was. He taught us that there is no such thing as false hope, supported the Alliance’s development, trained several members inside and outside the prison in leadership and change management, and inspired us with his infectious enthusiasm, charming smile, and Carolina accent.  What’s more, he brightened our lives with his compassion and positive energy, which seemed to have no bounds.  Michael embraced incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men, prison staff, and Alliance volunteers with equal love and encouragement. His passion was social justice, but his deepest love was his family- his wife Sylvia, who has become like a sister to us, and his children Barry, Jenna, and Dylan.  They remain in our thoughts and in our hearts, as Michael does.

“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, but having a spirit so strong, a vision so clear, and a hope so unwavering that you never, never, never stop trying.”

3 thoughts on “In Memoriam

  1. Wonderful and honorable remarks for a very special and generous man who will be missed but never forgotten.

  2. My dearest Michael
    Words can’t express how much I love you and cherished our time together.
    You thought me patience, peace and control when I needed it the most. I will always be grateful of our friendship and love you for the rest of my life.
    You’re now the angel who looks out for us from paradise and there is great comfort in that.
    To michaels family, I will pray for peace of mind, and for your spirit to be lifted up and know you are truly blessed to this very special angel looking down and guiding you through life through his spirit.
    With love, peace and blessings,

  3. He talked so much about his work with you. He was honored to be a part. I strive to wear his rose colored glasses everyday.

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