After serving families directly in several Village programs for many years, Patty now directs the successful Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time (RTFT) program that helps families, where a child is in the custody of the CT Department of Children and Families, to reunify with their child.
“My mission at The Village is to ensure that children are safe, happy and loved in their own homes with their own families, whenever possible,” says Patty.
Patty first joined The Village as a youth counselor in The Village’s Safe Home; she then provided home-based services to families referred by the Department of Social Service. Prior to directing the RTFT program, she assisted at-risk families in the Intensive Family Preservation Program for several years. Proceeding her time at The Village, she was a family counselor at the Salvation Army Marshall House Family Shelter.
Patty has also served as a hotline volunteer with the YWCA’s Sexual Assault Crisis Services. She earned her bachelor’s in human services and master’s degrees from Springfield College, and a family development credential from UConn.
What quote best captures your personal philosophy?
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway
What is something unexpected that most people don’t know about you?
In addition to believing that all children deserve safe loving homes, I feel the same for animals. I have rescued, fostered and placed over 20 amazing pets into forever homes.
What do you most want the clients of The Village to know about you?
I believe that all families have strengths and are resilient. I will always advocate and support the families in whatever way I can.