Advocate inspires change

"I just have a real soft spot in my heart for these people. I think they’re misjudged and misunderstood."

Pat Melody

Pat MelodyCatholic Charities has been a part of Pat Melody’s life for nearly 30 years. A volunteer in many capacities over the years, Melody has been a Sower of Justice for more than a decade.

Melody works, both as an advocate and a volunteer to improve the lives of others in her community. She encourages others to follow suit.

Sowers of Justice sow the seeds of justice by advocating with and for those living in poverty. They advocate in their communities and at the Capitol.

The St. Paul woman first came to Catholic Charities’ Dorothy Day Center to assist with the meals program there in 1982. While life got busy, she still kept in touch and later returned to volunteering at Dorothy Day. She has filled many roles there over the years, and now can be seen in Dorothy Day’s health clinic every other Friday.

“I just have a real soft spot in my heart for these people. I think they’re misjudged and misunderstood,” she said.

Melody has picketed for change, helped people at Dorothy Day Center register to vote, recruited volunteers from her parish, served and prepared meals, volunteered in the food shelf and advocated on behalf of Catholic Charities’ clients in relation to the voter identification debate.

“I want to stay with Catholic Charities and I want to stay involved with Dorothy Day Center. I consider some of these people my second family,” she said. “It’s very heartwarming to be a part of their lives and for them to accept you into their lives.”