On Monday, our visionary co-founder, Patricia “Patty” Rouse passed away at the age of 85. Patty and her late husband, Jim Rouse, established The Enterprise Foundation (now Enterprise Community Partners) in 1982 to ensure that every person living in America has a decent, affordable home.
Theirs was an ambitious, audacious agenda. Still, so many lives and communities were touched by Patty and her life’s work. We’ve been touched by the many fond memories shared on Facebook, Twitter and across the web. This small sample of those comments proves the profound impact of her lasting legacy.
“I met Mrs. Rouse once and find tremendous inspiration through her and her husband's work. A light has gone out, but her vision and memory will certainly live on.”
-- Ellen Kackmann on Facebook
"Patty Rouse was a visionary who, along with her husband, saw a time when all Americans would have a home they could call their own… We will miss Patty, her incredible work ethic and her spirit of giving.”
-- Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-District 7 via a statement made to WBAL TV
“Miss Patty was such a daily inspiration, and I will always remember the times she would encourage me to keep focused on mission of Enterprise.... I will miss her.”
-- Paul Yelder on Facebook
“I had the opportunity to work at the Enterprise Foundation in college and remember the great passion of Patty Rouse. She made a difference.”
-- Courtney Watson, Howard County Councilmember, @courtneywatson1 on Twitter
“A life superbly lived.”
-- Janet Denise Ganaway Kelly on Facebook
“Our thoughts are with Patty Rouse, former board member of HoCoPoLitSo, who has died at 85. We miss her dearly.”
-- Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, @HoCoPoLitSo on Twitter
“She was a very kind person with the heart of an angel. I still have several angels she gave me over the years. That's how I want to remember her . . . an angel dedicated to helping her husband do amazing things for people many failed to even notice.”
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