With Our Deepest Love and Respect…
We Celebrate Your Life, We Honor Your Spirit, We Grieve Your Loss
We created this page to share memories and thoughts and to connect with each other as we honor Patti and celebrate her life. We invite you to share in the comments at the bottom of this page.
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.
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.
Patti’s family will be holding a mass for her on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church located at 216 N. Lowell St. in Syracuse, NY. Following the mass, there will be a gathering at Bellevue Country Club where food and drinks will be served. If you plan to attend, please notify us by Thursday afternoon so that we can let Patti’s family know. You can call Kathleen Pabian at 312-726-7020 x2010.
If you would like to send flowers, you can send them to St. Patrick’s Church.
If you would like to send a card to Patti’s family, you can send it to: Mary Bland c/o NCDVTMH, 29 E Madison St., Suite 800, Chicago, IL, 60602
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.