After serving families directly in several programs for many years, Patty now directs the successful Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time 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.
Before joining family reunification program, Patty was a youth counselor in The Village’s Safe Home, then provided home-based services to Department of Social Service clients as well as Intensive Family Preservation services to at risk families for several years. Prior to 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.