Our Mission Statement
The Patrician Society functions as a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization designed to meet the basic human needs of economically disadvantaged adults, children and families in our community. The Patrician Society will utilize volunteer workers whenever possible and will solicit private and public monetary and in-kind resources for use in the conduct of its programs.
The Patrician Society is a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization which was founded and incorporated in 1981 with the purpose of serving verifiably needy persons in the greater Norristown area. The agency is governed by a volunteer board of directors, is tax exempt under I.R.S. Code 501(c)(3), and currently operates multi-faceted human service assistance programs.
The Patrician Society is located in a neighborhood largely inhabited by persons in the lower income strata. Agency policy, in order to be most useful in the delivery of services to this underserved population, is to provide only need-generated programming. To this end, the Patrician Society has begun such programs and has, when a particular need has been sufficiently met by other agencies, discontinued its own services in that area. Over the past 38 years, the Patrician Society has conducted a state-licensed after-school care center (the first in Norristown borough), a children’s summer day camp, a “tailgate” farmers’ market, a men’s overnight shelter, a meal ticket voucher system, nutrition education classes for mothers receiving public assistance, psychological counseling services, a Hispanic support/socialization group, a summer youth jobs training program (in conjunction with the Temple University School of Social Administration), and a senior citizens’ program.
In 2018, the agency served 1,039 different verifiably needy households in one or more of its programs throughout the year.
Meet The Team
LeeAnn assumed the role of Executive Director in October 2018. Prior to that she served as Patrician Society Program Director and before that she had been a long-time volunteer at the agency. In addition to her experience at the Patrician Society, LeeAnn had worked at Monmouth College (now University) in the Office of Institutional Advancement. She brings to the position a vast knowledge of casework skills and administrative abilities.
Food Cupboard & Volunteer Coordinator
Jackie started with the Patrician Society in August 2019 after varied career experiences in business, education, and the food industry. She had been a long-time Patrician Society volunteer and her multi-faceted background as a manager in the food business serves her well in her capacity coordinating all of the varied food cupboard activities.
Joe is the former Patrician Society Executive Director, retiring from that position in 2018, and has since been involved in fundraising and agency advancement activities.