Stephen Kissel did what anyone would do for a friend moving into a new apartment — he offered to help — even though he’s blind.
The friend, Scott McDermott, was surprised and a little skeptical. But he had seen Stephen’s skill and determination in the past, so he invited him over.
“He completely organized all my cabinets by touch,” said Scott, 44, of St. Louis. “The plates, the pots, the measuring spoons, everything. They’re much more organized than they’ve ever been.
“I will never doubt Stephen again. He made a believer out of me that day.”
Stephen, 25, a Collinsville native who lives in St. Louis, has spent his life impressing people, from relatives to employers, teachers to ministers.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in history at McKendree University and a master’s degree in history at St. Louis University, graduating with honors.
Now he’s working on a doctorate in American history at SLU. (Scott is in the same program.) He has a part-time job and lives in his own apartment.