In addition to his role as the Managing General Agent at DEBS Insurance, Stephen Geri is dedicated to helping others in any way he can. For years, Stephen has worked with various charities, organizations, and religious groups to help better the lives of those around him, especially those who have suffered great trauma or pain.
Stephen Geri and a Box of Cookies
While Stephen Geri has always been extremely passionate about helping those in need, his philanthropic nature didn’t truly have an outlet until his daughter joined the Girl Scouts of America. Like most families, Stephen and his clan usually bought five or ten boxes to help support his daughter’s troupe. It so happened that his daughter’s particular troupe spent some of their time visiting a retirement community to provide companionship to the elderly. Stephen’s daughter was pen pals with one of the residents and insisted they bring him a box of Girl Scout cookies. Stephen and the family went to visit the retirement community with a few boxes in tow. It wasn’t nearly enough. So many of the residents appreciated the cookies that every year Stephen and his daughter brought more and more until it became an annual event.
Not only did giving out Girl Scout cookies at the retirement community become a tradition, it also became a family tradition. Eventually, Stephen’s daughter gave him a granddaughter. When she became old enough to join the Girl Scouts, she wanted to carry on the cookie delivery as well. Stephen’s Girl Scout cookie tradition now spans three generations and helps to deliver over 1000 boxes of cookies per year to local retirement communities.
Stephen Geri: ACTS Missions
Of all his philanthropic endeavors, Stephen is most humbled and moved by his work with ACTS Missions. ACTS Missions is a San Antonio based organization that helps share the word of Jesus among Catholic communities through special retreats. The vision of ACTS Missions is to “provide a spark that ignites Catholics world-wide with the eternal flame of the Holy Spirit.”
Stephen had his first experience with ACTS when he visited the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in 1993. A life-long Catholic, It was there that he felt the strongest presence of the Holy Spirit he had ever experienced. After that, Stephen became more involved with the church, growing spiritually alongside the congregation. In 2004, Stephen went on his first ACTS retreat and has gone on many more since, working to bring those who have suffered back to the church and the light of Jesus. He has worked with combat veterans and many others who have been through great tragedies.
Other Works and Organizations
These are just a few of the amazing organizations that Stephen Geri has worked with and continues to work with to this day. He is an active participant in Glazier Foods’ Christmas bike drive, donating 100 bikes every holiday season. As an advocate for wellness, Stephen is also heavily involved in charities that serve those with medical conditions, such as the San Antonio chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, among others.
Below you can find a list of the other foundations and organizations that Stephen has worked with over the years:
- HEB Christmas Food and Toy Drive
- Donations for Wheelchairs
- American Cancer Society
- American Diabetes Association
- American Heart Association
- Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts
- ACTS Retreats
- Medina Children’s home