Stephen says his all-time favorite moment during Oprah's Big Give came by chance in Atlanta. After a day spent working at Zoo Atlanta, Stephen volunteered at the Atlanta Union Mission. After first making a donation, Stephen stayed to serve food and even hit the kitchen to wash dishes. That's where he met Atlantis .
Atlantis told Stephen about his life, which included time in the military, four children and a drug addiction. At the time they met, Atlantis had been clean for seven months. Stephen says Atlantis told him something he would never forget. "No matter what you're going through, there's always somebody out there going through something a little bit harder," Atlantis said. "So whatever you're going through, just count it as a blessing. You can learn from every single thing."
Now Atlantis has been clean for 17 months, has a job at a Waffle House, is taking online classes to become a history teacher…and is about to get one more big surprise from Stephen!