Peace House luncheon will honor Patten
Former executive director will speak
This year’s Peace House spring luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1505 White Pine Canyon Drive, will mark an end of an era.
The fundraiser will honor Jane Patten, longtime executive director of the nonprofit that is dedicated to wiping out domestic violence in Summit and Wasatch counties.
Patten, who stepped down from the executive director position to become the project director of the Peace House Community Campus, said she is grateful to still have a role in the Peace House mission.
“I’m lucky to have the opportunity to be part of this team,” Patten said during an interview with The Park Record. “Not every community is like ours. We’re fearless in saying this is where we are going to show support in organizations like Peace House to have strong and safe communities.”
Patten will speak during the luncheon and talk about her time as executive director.
“When I first came to Peace House, our first and foremost program was to have an emergency shelter,” Patten said. “We were at the start of our outreach programs, serving those who weren’t in the shelter.”
The organization was also starting its educational programs in the schools.
“Over the years, we have expanded in all directions, increasing on how we serve the growing number of people in our outreach programs in Summit and Wasatch counties,” Patten said. “We have expanded our clinical services in providing therapy for both adults and children in the past couple of years.”
Interim Executive Director Julie DeLong, who also sat in on the interview, said last year Peace House served 61 adults and 38 children in the shelter.
“We served 219 clients in outreach in terms of support groups, crises intervention and case management,” DeLong said. “We also served more than 1,000 hours in clinical therapy.”
The crisis helpline responded to 479 calls during the same period.
“We have also taken calls from people who are out of state who have children and friends who live here that need our help,” Patten said.
In addition, the Peace House education team reached 95 percent of the 12,000 students in Summit and Wasatch counties.
“We also expanded our awareness to the point where the community understands so much more about domestic violence and the barriers of those who experience it,” Patten said.
Last year, the luncheon raised $20,000.
“We need to make sure we are fully funding what our vision is and be able to continue to grow and be solid and supportive,” Patten said.
The annual spring luncheon raises funds to not only continue the programs, but to make sure all who need the services can get them for free.
“We provide whatever is needed to support them so they can make good and safe decisions so they, themselves and their children, can move forward with a life that does not include abuse,” Patten said. “This has grown year by year and there have been more people who look into the possibilities to get help for themselves and for the ones they love.”
DeLong said she is happy this year’s luncheon will honor Patten.
“While we hate to see Jane move on to a different role, we love that she is still involved with and part of us,” DeLong said. “There is so much trust and knowledge in the community about Jane and this is one of the reasons we are practically sold out already.”
DeLong is busy as interim executive director working on special projects, including the hiring the next Peace House executive director who will be introduced in the summer.
Patten said she would like to see the new Peace House Community Campus, which will feature transitional housing, to be completed by the fall of 2018.
Peace House’s annual spring luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1505 White Pine Canyon Drive. The luncheon is sold out. Sponsors include Splendor, Pathway Associates, Club Lespri, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Guy and Susan LaMere. For information, visit http://www.peacehouse.org.
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