Patricia Holley’s participation in JustFaith was one of the greatest gifts she ever received. It helped her to look for Christ in all people; to respect each person’s dignity; and to act on behalf of marginalized people.
“You want me to do what?” was her initial response to her husband’s suggestion that they should participate in JustFaith… But she did it, and her life was changed forever.
As Patty recounts, “Professionally, as an accountant, I was the controller of a national IT company in Northern Virginia that was going out of business. I closed the company down and realized that the bottom line just didn’t matter to me any more; I wanted to look into other opportunities.” Her journey led her to become involved in advocacy on behalf of homeless people in her area, serving on the founding board of Communities of Faith United for Housing. The focus of most of their social justice ministry projects was two-fold: to provide a needed service and also to educate and motivate more parishioners to work for social action.
Patty then began work with The Homeless Youth Initiative, a collaboration of Fairfax County Public Schools Homeless Liaison office, Fairfax County Department of Family Services and The Alternative House (a nonprofit that works with youth) to help older teens, who have no parent or guardian, to complete high school. It offered housing and services needed to help accomplish this goal.
Most recently, Patty has accepted the position of Regional Director of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) in Northern Virginia . IVC was founded in 1995 by Jesuit Fathers Jim Conroy and Charlie Costello. The program matches mature volunteers with organizations that need people to help make a difference in the lives of the poor.
Read about Patty Holley’s journey here: http://www.catholicherald.com/stories/Called-by-her-faith,19439
Read about Communities of Faith United for Housing here.
Read about the Ignatian Volunteer Corps of Northern Virginia here.