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WEST HAVEN, Dec. 17, 2021 — (Pictured): Mayor Nancy R. Rossi, right, congratulates Executive Director Patricia W. “Patty” Stevens on her retirement from the West Haven Community House during a reception attended by administrative staff members and officers and members of the board of directors at 227 Elm St. on Friday, Dec. 17.
Rossi presented a citation to Stevens for 36 years of service, including the last 16 as executive director, to the social service agency, established in 1941. She was also cited by the mayor for making “a real difference in our city.”
“Under your guidance, the Community House has initiated an unparalleled expansion of facilities and services, such as the flagship Head Start program, that have fostered healthy, independent and meaningful lives for countless West Haven children, adolescents and families, as well as individuals with disabilities,” Rossi said.
Stevens was hired as the Community House’s administrative assistant in 1984 — the beginning of a steady climb through the not-for-profit organization that saw her promoted to assistant director in 1986, associate executive director in 1988 and executive director in 2005.
(City Photo/Killian M. Gruber)