Business executives by day, volunteers by night and weekends, husband-and-wife pair Scott Patti and Margaret Murphy pitch in to help Catholic Charities New York rebuild the lives of homeless adults, newly arrived Americans and children.
The couple built successful careers in the apparel business, Scott as president of Bill Blass and Margaret with Nautica Sportswear. But they were looking for more meaning in their lives, they said, and a way to give back.
They found this through Catholic Charities and its volunteers programs.
“They come with smiles on their faces and are happy to do anything we need,” says Kate McGowan, Catholic Charities Development Officer. “They’re wonderful.”
For the past three years, the couple has made sandwiches and distributed meals to homeless teens and adults during Catholic Charities-sponsored “Midnight Runs” through some of New York’s poorest neighborhoods. They grab Christmas wish lists and match them with gifts during Catholic Charities annual St. Nicholas Project Shopping Day. And they make weekly phone calls through Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language program to new residents born all over the world, from Haiti and Poland to Italy and Czechoslovakia, to help them master their new tongue.
The reason they do so much, Scott says, is simple. “It’s so rewarding,” he says.