October 15, 2021 – Organization of Hope (OOH) is still celebrating its Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Patrecia Williams, named one of Maryland’s Most Admired CEO.
Every year, The Daily Record selects talented business CEOs and non-profit executiv directors throughout Maryland who demonstrate leadership and vision admired by those around them. Winners are chosen based on professional accomplishments, community service, and the letters of references submitted by co-workers, board members, and community leaders showing the CEO’s leadership and vision.
Dr. Williams is a proud retired Veteran who served 26 years in the US Army. She is a published author of three adult and four children books, animal activist and has over 30-years’ experience in federal, corporate, and non-profit leadership capacities.
Bridging Hope dba Organization of Hope is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides others with new opportunities and HOPE. The organization offers behavior health treatment programs, supportive services, workforce development programs, housing programs. In 2018, OOH deployed Hope on Wheels (HOW) -a mobile Hygiene and Resource Program consisting of laundry units, showers, and toilets, harm reduction, and peer support services which have, to date, supported twenty thousand individuals and animals.
For the last 12 years, Dr. Williams has provided dynamic leadership for the stakeholders of OOH. Under her leadership, the organization has housed 15,000 people, serviced 58,000 people and animals, donated 150 thousand dollars worth of food and clothing items. But that is not all. Since its inception, OOH has created over 1,250 jobs, 16 businesses, trained 342 adult entrepreneurs, provided 206 Youth Entrepreneurs courses, and counseled 1,343 businesses. The organization has also offered 5,050 assessments, 4,200 enrolments, and 2,160 placements for the Workforce Development Program.
Dr. Williams is among the winners in Non-profit Less than $10M in Annual Revenue. Commenting on the award and how her organization adapted during the pandemic, Dr. Williams said: “I am humbled to be one of the recipients of this prestigious award. I am grateful to the awards selection committee and my committed team, who provide such excellent support on a daily basis. There are so many unknown yet ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and I am deeply indebted to all of them.
My team of 25 to 30 people plodded on during the pandemic to provide services that were even more important than ever. But we had to change our strategy to comply with the new normal and deliver services safely. It was phenomenal to celebrate the giving from the region and support our community at large with support from our strategic partners.
When asked if there were any plans for new projects, Dr. Williams said she was not sure when that would materialize. However, she asked supporters to stay tuned for innovative ways the entire OOH team and strategic partners will pull together to continue serving her fellow Veterans, the community at large, and their families and animals.
A virtual awards celebration for the winners of the Most Admired CEO will be hosted on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.
About Bridging Hope dba Organization of Hope
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