Mission statement: The Stephan Center is a service organization dedicated to those journeying through life transitions. We are committed to providing educational programs, information, and resources to professionals and lay persons as they offer support and understanding to those seeking peace and acceptance in their lives.

We all experience a variety of life losses which include separation from important people, places, items or events unique in our life. Our website is designed to help you with loss.


A message from the Director:

Whenever we experience a loss of any type we process that loss through a series of steps as we adjust to the change in our life. This process is called grieving. These steps include:

*Difficulty accepting the loss and trying to minimalize or find alternative explanations
(Often called denial)

*Feeling angry about the loss and blaming other people or events

*Trying to maintain the old patterns, behaviors or routines before adjusting to the
new necessary changes. Often referred to as holding onto the “Old normal”
(Called “bargaining”)

*A period of sadness as the permanence of the loss is realized

*Acceptance of the changes resulting from the loss

This grieving a loss is normal for all people even while the process will be experienced uniquely by each person. Understanding, compassion and kindness by each person toward each other person will provide needed support while the grief is processed.

In this global pandemic all the people of our world are grieving the changes in our old ways of living even as we make adjustments to save lives and our planet.

We can support ourselves and other by implementing the following:

*Share our feeling with others and offer caring responses

*Help each other with necessary tasks and needs

*Stay connected through social media and other methods to reduce isolation and loneliness

*Think positively fostering hope and well-being

*Reduce stress through exercise, balanced meals, deep breathing

*Cultivate spirituality through prayer, meditation, walks in nature, music

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Read articles on this website to find additional support.

Together we will create a stronger, safer and secure living environment based on
love, compassion , kindness and understanding.


If you need help right now dial 2-1-1 from any cell or land-line phone for immediate Health and Human Service assistance in the county in which you call. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with ‘live’ Resource Specialists to assist you.

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Donate today and support our commitment to providing information, education and resources on life transitions to all!

Today is National Non-Profit Day

The Stephan Center is a Non-Profit agency. We all experience loss and grieve those losses.. We all need support to heal.

The Stephan Center is here to offer that support with:
+ Online classes
+ Articles and resources on the website
+ Cards and materials through the office
Let us support you and those you serve on National Non-Profit Day and everyday!

Contact us today through thestephancenter.org
or at 951-310-4944

Second Annual Live Theater Event A Hit!!

For the 2nd year The Stephan Center partnered with CAT youth theater program to host a night at the theater for Foster and at risk youth. Over 250 youth and Resource parents enjoyed Junie B Jones, the Musical based on the popular youth book series.
All youth received an age appropriate book to support pleasure reading and academic success. National Charity League Mother/Daughter volunteers served as hostesses for the event. 

The Stephan Center wishes to thank the sponsors of the event: for making the event possible

First 5 Riverside
Corona Firefighters Association
Corona Police Officers Association
Mr and Mrs D Bozzelli
Mrs Lolita Eakle
Ms Judy Flynn
Mrs Winifred Farquhar
Mrs Irene Grover
Mr Charles Stephan
Mr and Mrs Charles Stephan Jr
Mrs Emily Woffard


2019 Spring Classes – Riverside County, California 

Online Classes are here!!

The Stephan Center has officially launched it's online classes! 

First set of classes include:

  • Fathers Speaking out: Teaching Values
  • Father Speaking Out: Discipline versus Punishment
  • Coping with Loss During the Holidays
  • When Mommy or Daddy go to Prison
  • Love, Security, Limits and Boundaries.

To register go to:  onlineclasses.thestephancenter.org  TODAY!

Use promo code: '3FOR40' to get 3 classes for $40.00

Fathers Speaking Out Videos

Fathers Speaking Out is a six (6) video series created with men who are fathering. Three (3) videos are offered in Spanish and three (3) are offered in English. Each session provides both a facilitated video and group discussion around a topic impacting men and the children in their lives. Each session is 90 minutes in lengthen and includes guided discussion questions. Videos are designed to be facilitated by any professional trained in group interactive programs.  Click Here For More Info

View Online at foster-training.com or purchase directly through us.

Butch Stephan

It is with great sadness and a deep sense of loss that we share the passing of Charles ”Butch” Stephan, the first Board Chair of The Stephan Center and the Chair Emeritus for the past few years.

Butch was raised in Canton Ohio and served in the Navy ROTC. He received his BA in Business Administration from the University of Louisville in Kentucky and spent his career in production management with companies in Kentucky, Illinois and Minnesota. His last position, with ITT Shadow, included production projects in Korea and Europe.

Butch married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann (Ann) and they raised six children. They have 12
grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Ann proceeded Butch in death by 14 years. Together they enjoyed family times and traveling. Butch was married to Rosemary for the past 12 years.

Butch was a sports enthusiast especially enjoying football, and car racing. He enjoyed attending many NASCAR and Indy 500 races with his sons, grandsons and other family members. He was also an avid tennis player.

Butch was the patriarch of the Stephan family and the last of the Stephan sons to pass proceeded by his brothers John, Tim and Jim. He was a strong supporter of The Stephan Center and a dedicated leader as the agency has developed over the past years. His business knowledge, team building skills and commitment to the agency mission provide essential guidance and leadership which will be missed. The agency is dedicated to the memory of his parents, brothers and wife. He will now join those family members who’s lives, values and memories guide the commitment of the agency mission and services.

Rest in Peace, Butch.
We will strive to follow your outstanding example of faith, love, service to others, and family dedication.

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