Welcome Patrick Evans on board!

We are excited to announce Patrick Evans as our new Director of Mission Advancement! His experience in development and his passion for our mission will help us further our work with Oklahoma families.

Patrick has consistently been driven to serve his community. When he started college at Oklahoma State University, he worked in an assisted living facility and waited tables. He wasn’t sure what he wanted to do when he entered college, but these jobs allowed him to pay for school.

He moved up the ranks to executive director at the assisted living facility, but realized after a year or two that it wasn’t what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

He struggled to balance the boundary between business and personal life while he worked at the assisted living facility, because the people who needed to be there the most couldn’t afford it.

Ultimately, he transferred to Southern Nazarene University to complete his degree in Gerontology and Family studies (but not before marrying his wife, whom he met through the restaurant he worked at!)

While he never saw himself in sales long-term, Patrick worked in sales for a few years after graduating, since he’s always loved talking with people.

When his wife started working at a nonprofit, that sparked Patrick’s interest as well. Patrick joined the team at World Neighbors and felt very fortunate to do so. He was able to directly help farmers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America by procuring funding to find long-term solutions for hunger, poverty, and disease.

Patrick later moved on to work in development at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and later at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Patrick is joining us as our Director of Mission Advancement, and he’s shared with us that this is a mission that’s very close to his heart.

Patrick’s parents were both nurses, and he learned how to care about people through them. But like a lot of families, Patrick’s family wrestled with how to overcome a violent, challenging past.

His father’s father was violent physically and emotionally, and ultimately his grandmother left because of this. While Patrick’s father didn’t want to be like his own father, it can be difficult to unlearn the patterns you’ve learned as a child. Most evenings at Patricks house were very loud, and his older sister and his mother took the brunt of his father’s anger.

But Patrick’s dad didn’t want to be that kind of person, and his mom had a lot of strength to keep going. They both wanted to get help for their family, so they started going to counseling and support groups-similar to what we do here at Family Builders. Patrick is proud to say that this made an enormous, positive difference in his family growing up.

He considers this living proof that the cycle of violence can end. Patrick and his wife, Tina, strive to be great parents to Abigail, age 10, and Cooper, age 7. He’s proud that Abigail understands that sometimes parents need help being better parents, and she can explain this to her little brother.

Patrick is excited to get the word out about Family Builders to even more people who can help us further our mission. He’s passionate about helping to end the cycle of child abuse and family violence, and we are happy to have him join us in that mission!

Welcome on board, Patrick!

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