Our commitment to Montana extends beyond great service, our bank buildings and our monetary contributions.
Every year, our employees go above and beyond their day-to-day work activities. They take pride in being involved in their communities and give countless volunteer hours to events and organizations.
Young Families Head Start and Steve Tucker
Steve Tucker, the branch manager of Stockman Bank Billings Grand Avenue, is on the Board of Directors for Young Families Early Head Start (YFEHS) in Billings. This nonprofit assists and supports low-income, primarily teen, parents and prenatal parents pursuing their educational goals as well as the development of parenting skills, while providing comprehensive, quality child care for their infants and toddlers, from birth to age three.
Steve shared his heartfelt story of why he is so passionate about being involved with YFEHS:
“Let’s go back about 48 years. I want you to envision a young 15 year old teenage girl living on the south side of Billings with her five siblings and parents. They live a very modest life, dad has a decent job with the Montana Power Company and the house is always filled with family, friends and laughter. One day, much to her surprise and that of her family, this same little 15 year old girl came home with the disheartening news that she was pregnant.
What? How did this happen? What is to be done now? All options are considered, but it becomes painfully obvious there is no way they can keep this baby. The family does not have the financial ability to sustain another child. Mom is just a child with the inability to care for herself, much less a newborn baby. Even if she did try to keep the baby, she would have to forego her education and opportunity for a future.
After much discussion and debate, they decided the best option was adoption and just before the young girl started to show her baby bump, she was sent off to the Florence Crittenton home in Helena to carry the baby to term. Six months later, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy who was promptly adopted through the state of Montana, and she returned home to Billings to finish her education.
Fast forward to today. That same young boy who was adopted about 48 years ago is sharing his story with you right now with the privilege of being the newest board member of the YFEHS organization and the honor of representing Stockman Bank on the Board. We recognize the vital role that YFEHS serves in allowing young mothers the opportunity to keep their babies without sacrificing their own education and future.”
Thank you Steve
Steve experienced first-hand the vital role an organization like YFEHS plays in our local communities. Now, he is giving back his time to an organization that makes a difference in the lives of young mothers and children with similar stories. We thank Steve and all our Stockman employees for their volunteer service to help make Montana communities better places to live.