At 16, she went to church a lot. But to her father’s way of thinking, that meant she must have been doing something wrong.
He came home after a night of drinking and kicked her out. Her mother, fearful, did not intervene. Stephanie Roshell, now 46, was on her own from that point on, she said.
“I slept in my car, under the school lights,” she said. And she promised herself something:
“I vowed that if I ever got back up on my feet, I would give back.”
In early 2005, she met the man who would become her partner in that promise: Herbert Roshell, a pastor and longtime Pasco County Schools employee. Their courtship revolved around planning their outreach.