DARIEN, Conn. - Patricia Phillips will be one of the six women honored at the YWCA Darien/Norwalks Fifth Annual Women of Distinction Awards at the Woodway Country Club on May 29.
Since her early beginnings as a member of Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk, her public service commitment has strengthened the community in countless ways. Phillips 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.
Phillips also created the Stamford Mayors 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.
Phillips joined Person-to-Persons (P2P) advisory board in 2005 and became a board member in 2006. She works on the Development and Finance Committees helping to raise funds to allow P2P to assist low-income individuals and families.
The impact of her work has been far-reaching as highlighted by her many recognitions and awards. In May 1997, Phillips received the Liberty Bell Award from the Regional Bar Association. In 1998, she received the Community Lifetime Award from the Council of Churches and Synagogues. In 2003, The Stamford Advocate named her the Community Leader of the Year. In 2008, Phillips received the Ray of Hope Award from the Shelter for the Homeless in Stamford. That same year she also received an official citation from Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
Last year, the Homeless Shelter of Stamford dedicated one of its homes as The Patricia C. Phillips House. In January 2014, The United Way of Western Connecticut and The Volunteer Center honored her public service with the Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award. Phillips also recently received an official citation from the State of Connecticut for her work with domestic violence and the homeless.