Humans of Humanim: Meet Christian

Meet Christian Stevens, husband, dad, trombone player and a Personal Support Coordinator with Humanim’s Developmental Disabilities Services. 

Christian’s job involves helping integrate individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities into the community. He manages relations between direct support professionals and individuals or their guardians to ensure quality of life. 

Christian got his start in high school, in the Start On Success (S.O.S.)  program where he was inspired by one of his mentors who had dedicated his life to helping students become successful young adults. 

Despite being diagnosed with dyslexia as a child – something he continues to struggle with – Christian graduated from college and is proud of being the first male in his family to do so. 

Five years ago, after graduation, Christian started working with Humanim, first as an S.O.S. coordinator. Christian then discovered a talent in working with adults with disabilities, so moved on to Humanim’s Developmental Disabilities Services.

In his current role, Christian enjoys helping individuals realize their goals. He feels that being around others who share his passion confirms for him that he is living his purpose. 

“I value helping people gain their independence and the ability and confidence to advocate for themselves,” he says.

Outside of work, Christian is a family man who enjoys spending time with his wife and 1-year old son. He also enjoys gaming, specifically RPG/ open world games.

What you might not suspect about Christian is that he plays the trombone! In fact, he plays so well he won a band scholarship to Lincoln University in Chester County, PA. 

His favorite sports team? No surprise: It’s the Baltimore Ravens.

Christian says he is very resilient, and that he “thrives in adversity.” No wonder his  favorite quote is from Malcolm X:

“Stumbling is not falling. There is no better teacher than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time. Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.”