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Women of Distinction Awards 2014

Six women to be honored at Women of Distinction Luncheon

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Patricia C. Phillips

Woman of DistinctionPatricia C. Phillips

Patricia puts her stamp on volunteerism wherever she goes. An advocate for the less fortunate, she has worked tirelessly for a half-dozen nonprofit organizations in Stamford, Darien and Norwalk over four decades—rising to leadership positions at many and even having a homeless shelter dedicated to her.

Since her early beginnings as a member of Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk, her public service commitment has strengthened the community in countless ways. Patricia co-founded Shelter for the Homeless, the only regional shelter in lower Fairfield County serving the four-town area of Stamford, Darien, Greenwich and New Canaan. She served as Board Chair from 1997 to 2003 and today serves on the advisory council.

Patricia also created the Stamford Mayor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence in 1979, and worked with the Council of Churches and Synagogues in Stamford to provide training and develop safe houses for victims of domestic violence. She also founded and served on the board of Domestic Violence Services, a program of YWCA Darien/Norwalk that became the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Norwalk in 1997. She continues to assists victims of domestic violence in lower Fairfield County as both a volunteer and advisory council member.

Patricia joined Person-to-Person’s (P2P) advisory board in 2005 and became a board member in 2006.  She works on the Development Committee helping to raise funds to allow P2P to assist low-income individuals and families.

“Patricia has an impressive record of ‘firsts’ — from taking a leadership role in the establishment of a homeless shelter to founding a domestic violence center. Her can-do attitude is encouragement to anyone who meets her as she makes one realize that each person can help to provide a solution to promote the welfare of others,” says Troy Ellen Dixon, head of marketing and communications for P2P.

The impact of Patricia’s work has been duly recognized. Last year, the Homeless Shelter of Stamford dedicated one of its homes as The Patricia C. Phillips House. And in January, The United Way of Western Connecticut and The Volunteer Center honored Patricia’s public service with the Lifetime Achievement Award.