With a last name like Patton he is bound to be called “General” from time to time. “General” Jim Patton is the fearless leader of the “Thursday Crew”, a group of 15-20 retired or semi-retired men who spend most Thursdays getting their hands dirty at Healing House. Jim began leading this group more than 7 years ago, when they were first introduced to Healing House to help renovate the Ruth House. Since that time he and his crew have helped repair or renovate virtually every Healing House home, both apartment complexes, the office, and the Hall. Jim’s wife Marilyn is also a generous Healing House supporter. Over the years she has created and donated many beautiful quilts for Healing House. Giving back is a priority in the Patton household.
Jim was born and raised in Kansas City, KS. A graduate of Rosedale High School (where he met his wife Marilyn) and the University of Kansas, he is an avid Jayhawks basketball fan. Jim spent most of his professional career as an engineer with Black and Veatch. He specialized in clean water and traveled the world designing and building water treatment facilities. Upon retirement, Jim also helped design 20 fresh water wells for Malawi, Africa.
Jim feels called to use his spiritual gifts to help those in need. His passion for our ministry is fueled by the relationships he has developed with our Healing House family. Jim enjoys working side by side with our residents as together they rebuild homes, and in the process rebuild lives. He is continually impressed by our propensity to “get things done” and with how we care for our homes after renovation. We are eternally grateful to Jim for doing God’s work in our community.