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.