Twice a week James Powell and his wife gather at Stoney Brook for a Bible study class.

The couple sit among several residents of the senior living sharing the message of God while overtures of panio music played by his wife surround the group. It is a task they do as volunteers, so to be recognized for their efforts was humbling, Jame Powell said.

“I consider it to be a privilege and an honor to be able to volunteer here,” James Powell said. “These people share their lives with us. It feels like a family. I’m just blessed to be able to do whatever I can.”

The Powells were two of 15 volunteers recognized by Stoney Brook Senior Living in Copperas Cove on Thursday for their work facility.

“I volunteer because these residents here are fantastic,” said James Powell, a Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce member. “It is a blessing to be able to help out here any way I can.”

Powell became interested in volunteering at Stoney Brook in 2010, when the senior living facility opened and he was invited for a tour.

“I took the tour and was just so impressed with the facility, I decided I wanted to volunteer and start a bible class for the residents.”

Glenda Becker was another volunteer Stoney Brook recognized for her service to the residents.

“I love coming here and spending time with these people; each one is special,” Becker said.

The former visual marketing specialist leads an arts and crafts class Tuesdays and helps decorate for holiday parties.

“Some of the people here don’t have family that comes and visits them regularly, so that hug can really make their day and give them a reason to smile,” Becker said.

Both Becker and Powell agreed the people are what makes Stoney Brook so special, and more Copperas Cove residents should volunteer their time to “adopt a grandparent.”

“I think this would be a great activity for high school aged kids in the area,” Becker said. “Just come down here and read to some of the residents or play cards and games with them. It is really a special thing to do.”

Herald/Erik Papke​

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