MONAT Global awarded Jewely Stephens $250,000 at its annual conference, MONATions, last weekend. Jewely was the company’s inaugural $5 million club member. And she responded with a heartbreaking act of generosity.
Stephens plans to donate the entire award amount to Forgotten Ministries’ Mercy House, which serves Enid, Oklahoma’s homeless population. The donation will be used to build out of the women’s transitional housing, building tiny homes to allow for greater independence of Mercy House’s residents, and purchasing a growing dome as part of the existing community garden.
“GIVING BACK IS PART OF MONAT’S DNA.” Stuart MacMillan, President MONAT
“We wanted to do something big for our inaugural $5 million club member without any restrictions. I am so happy that Jewely and her family chose to donate the entire award to charity,” said Stuart MacMillan, president of MONAT. “Giving back is part of MONAT’s DNA. With our MONAT Gratitude philosophy, we encourage our Market Partners and employees to give back to their local communities because that ultimately makes a global impact. Jewely is an asset to MONAT and to her community.”
“I AM SO VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF MY MONAT FAMILY. GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY IS VITAL TO US.”
MONAT Market Partner, Jewely Stephens
“I was so surprised and honored to receive the award money from MONAT. I’ve worked hard to build my business and am so very grateful for the love and support of my MONAT family,” said Stephens. “My husband and I discussed what to do with the award. Giving back to our community is vital to us and Mercy House is a needed resource for so many men, women and children…we wanted to help them further their mission.”
Luis Urdaneta, chairman of MONAT, stated, “We are so proud to recognize Jewely and her remarkable MONAT career. Her servant leader heart and donation to Mercy House honors the spirit of gratitude which is alive and vibrant in our MONAT community.”
Mercy House is open six months of the year, during the harshest months of summer and winter. Ultimately, Stephens would love to help Mercy House grow and sustain their operations to be able to remain open all year. She and her family plan to donate their time and resources to continue helping Mercy House and Forgotten Ministries beyond this donation. “The extra food grown in the community gardens and chicken eggs could be sold at our Farmers Market or given to families in our community who need assistance,” commented Stephens.