As Program Manager, Patrease’s job at LIFT is to provide management, support, training and direction to LIFT-DC staff with special attention to member service quality and local volunteer management, training and service delivery. Patrease works with LIFT’s national team and LIFT-DC leaders to work and track progress toward ambitious annual goals in line with the strategic growth plan. She provides supervision for Social Work Interns. She also works to implement and maintain appropriate operational infrastructure and procedures with the support of the Program Director and LIFT’s national office.
Patrease LIFTs because she believes everyone has the inner strength, power and uniqueness to succeed and thrive in life. She LIFTs because she believes in the power of partnership and co-creating to help individuals and families reach their goals.
Patrease received her Bachelors of Science in Social Work from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland and further pursued her educational career by earning her Master of Social Work degree from UCONN School of Social Work with an advanced concentration in community organization. She moved on to become a case manager at Sasha Bruce Youth works, providing direct service and counseling service to young adults transitioning through homelessness. After her time at Sasha Bruce, she moved on to Martha’s Table. At Martha’s Table she started out as the program coordinator of the family engagement successfully developing and implementing the Family Success Center, a resource center for families to receive support and services to ensure family success and stability. She was later promoted to was promoted to the Assistant Director of Family engagement and education leading and managing all family engagement efforts for the Healthy Start Early Education program.
Patrease truly believes that she has been called to helping individuals and families thrive using transformative and strengths-based approaches.