Thompson Coburn partner Steve Gorin has been named a 2018 “Unsung Hero” by St. Louis Jewish Light, a newspaper dedicated to the Jewish community of St. Louis. Steve was one of 10 individuals honored at a May 17 awards banquet for their commitment and dedication to not just the Jewish community, but the local community at large.
Steve was recognized for his role as president of the board at Covenant Place, an affordable senior living facility. Steve originally joined the board of Covenant Place nearly a decade ago, and recently helped it navigate a large construction project, which is especially important as aging populations begin to outlive their retirement savings.
“The people we serve are people who don’t have anywhere else to turn, people of very modest means,” Steve told Jewish Light. “We can do a lot to help them enjoy a dignified retirement in a very warm, supportive environment.”
“Steve’s volunteerism in this community really helps to ensure that our community has the resources and the engagement … to help us thrive today, and also well into tomorrow,” said Covenant Place Executive Director Joan Denison in a video for Jewish Light.
In the same video, Steve discussed how his contributions to the financial and operational needs of an organization like Covenant Place frees up other volunteers to provide skilled hands-on care to residents. Because of Steve’s work, those volunteers “don’t have to necessarily worry about technical stuff like reading operating agreements,” he said.
Steve has also volunteered extensively with Jewish Family & Children’s Service, leveraging his strategic planning and financial skills, as well as his tax knowledge and legal prowess to assist in a variety of roles over the years.
When asked why he volunteers, Steve told Jewish Light that he believes people were put on this earth to help others—and that’s how he approaches his professional life as well. “I’m never going to be done volunteering!”
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