Former OHU Executive Director Continues Legacy of Service
Pat Griffith Stoller joined One Hope United when it was known as Central Baptist Family Services. Before working at the organization, she served on several policy committees with the organization’s staff members. She respected these colleagues, and her confidence in the mission grew quickly.
Pat always knew she wanted to change the world in her own way, and after obtaining her Master’s degree in Social Work, she felt drawn to child welfare. As Executive Director in Southern Illinois, she expanded evidenced-based programming and practices, and always emphasized compassion and enthusiasm. “I have focused my efforts on strengthening families whenever possible,” Pat shared. “Helping families stay together has been a primary focus throughout my 40-year career.”
Her relationships with leaders in Edgar County, located in Paris, IL, resulted in significant programming funding, benefitting both the Central Baptist Children’s Home and the Lake Villa Residential program. The high quality of care children receive at One Hope United is the component of Pat’s legacy she views as her most valuable contribution. Her years of service continue to make an imprint in the lives of One Hope United staff, children, and families.
“Pat was a compassionate leader,” Melissa Y. M. Webster, M.S., LCPC, Executive Director of Residential and Day School Programs, shared. “I could call her day and night in a crisis, and she would offer calm and wise counsel. She cared deeply about staff and youth, and she fought to continue programs that served children and families who needed it most.”
While reflecting on her career, Pat shared she always knew her heart belonged with One Hope United’s mission, and this has kept her involved over the years. “I would encourage anyone interested in making a lasting impact on children and families to utilize planned giving,” Pat said. “One Hope United has a legacy of support that reaches back decades, allowing current services to continue despite changes in funding.
“I chose to join the Scofield Gibbs to return something to OHU for the opportunities I was given,” she concluded. “I also know that planned gifts are used wisely and effectively.” Pat’s generosity will impact children and families for many years to come.
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