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Fred Stephens, outgoing executive director of Brunswick Family Assistance, stands outside the nonprofit’s Shallotte office in Twin Creek Plaza on Main Street. Stephens officially retires from his leadership role Thursday, June 30, to spend more time with family. But he still plans to be around to help out with BFA programs.
Retiring BFA director Fred Stephens proud of agency teamwork

Fred Stephens’ first three years with Brunswick Family Assistance started out the way many retirees settling here involve themselves with the nonprofit community help agency: By volunteering.

“I was a food pantry volunteer,” recalled BFA’s 73-year-old executive director who is officially retiring this Thursday, June 30.

“I worked every Friday morning and packed boxes of food,” Stephens said of his initial work that launched seven years ago at BFA headquarters in Shallotte.

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