It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we write. Patti Bland, our dear, dear friend and colleague, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014.
We had the great gift of working with Patti since 2012, when she joined NCDVTMH as the Director of Substance Abuse Training and Technical Assistance. The impact of her over 20 years of work at the intersection of substance abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence changed our fields and will continue to ripple out in ways that move us all forward for many years to come.
With Our Deepest Love and Respect…
We Celebrate Your Life, We Honor Your Spirit, We Grieve Your Loss
We created a page for all of us to share memories and thoughts and to connect with each other as we honor Patti and celebrate her life. We invite you to share at the following link:
Patti changed so many lives with her presence, clarity, humility, persistence, grace, humor, and brilliance. Patti’s unwavering commitment to justice and to ensuring that services are available and welcoming for people experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, and substance abuse has forever changed our lives and our work. Patti welcomed all of us as we are. She could make a whole room laugh. She mentored us and encouraged our gifts, often before we could even see them. She profoundly valued each person’s experience and asked the same from us.
Patti loved deeply and generously—in everyday, every moment ways, and in her advocacy and life’s work to end violence and oppression. And, Patti is deeply loved. There are no words to speak to the ways we already miss her and will continue to. Her spirit will always be with us.
We will be planning a memorial for Spring 2015, and we welcome ideas and thoughts. We will continue to post updates here, as we receive them.
In partnership with those closest to Patti, we have established a Patti Bland Memorial Fund that will be used to support a cause that will be meaningful to Patti and that will carry her work and her spirit forward. To send a donation in memory of Patti, make checks out to “Hektoen Institute, Fund #4826.” You may write “Patti Bland Memorial Fund” in the memo. Please mail checks to Hektoen Institute, 2240 West Ogden Avenue, Chicago IL 60612.