Pat Morgan has worked for decades to help break the cycle of homelessness.
A catalyst and relentless advocate for helping homeless people, Pat learned her most important lessons from listening to “street people” with “staggering levels of disabilities.”
A former real estate broker, banker, and elected official in county government in Arkansas, Pat’s volunteer work as the director of the Street Ministry, a drop-in/assessment/resource center in the heart of downtown Memphis, led to her 30-year battle to help homeless people break the cycle of homelessness. Her growing understanding of the substance abuse, addiction and mental health issues of the vast majority of the “street people” she assessed led to her battle to secure the services, treatment, and housing needed to help them break the cycle of streets, shelters, and, for far too many, jails. It also led her on a wildly improbable, but wildly successful journey.
That journey would take her back to college, lead to her being featured in TIME Magazine as one of 20 “outstanding college juniors in America,” (she was 50) and result in an internship in the Washington office of then-Senator Al Gore. It would also lead the native Arkansan and long-time supporter of then-Governor Bill Clinton on to campaign on the snowy streets of New Hampshire and result in a full-time job on the Clinton for President/Clinton-Gore campaign, an administrative position on the Presidential Transition, and a presidential appointment to the staff of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, led by Andrew Cuomo, now the Governor of New York.
Upon her return to Memphis, she served as the Executive Director of Partners for the Homeless, Memphis “lead agency” for the “Continuum of Care” system of outreach, shelter, services, and housing for homeless people. She has contributed to several national publications on chronic and family homelessness and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness’ 2006 “Innovation” Award for her contributions to ending chronic homelessness.
With the publication of The Concrete Killing Fields, she has turned her attention again to her first love—volunteer work with homeless people, relentless advocacy, and sharing her experience and expertise with others.
Appreciation for Pat’s work in homelessness spans decades and includes recognition by:
Award of Recognition and Appreciation for “A job well done…for your committed and continued service to homeless people.” U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Tennessee Field Office 2010
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Memphis Chapter, Humanitarian Award “In grateful appreciation for many years of dedicated contributions of service to the homeless community and the partnership with NAMI Memphis to improve mental health services for the good of Memphis.” 2010
Memphis Union Mission “Friend of the Friendless” award for “tireless work on behalf of our city’s homeless and needy.” 2010
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Washington, DC “A Home for Every American” award “In recognition of political will, partnership, and innovation in ending chronic homelessness.” 2006
TIME Magazine’s “Rising Star” award presented to Pat, one of “Twenty outstanding college juniors in America.” 1990
Memphis City Council Certification of Appreciation “For outstanding service to the community.” 1990
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