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Damien O’Farrell
CEO, Path of Life Ministries


Damien O’Farrell lives in Riverside with his wife of 13 years, Jennifer, and 3 year old daughter, Marleigh.

He currently serves as the CEO of Path of Life Ministries, the largest homeless shelter and housing provider in Western Riverside County, hosting 11 shelter, housing, and development programs. Path of Life Ministries has also incubated and launched 2 other non-profit organizations intended to address issues surrounding poverty and generational poverty – They are Health to Hope Clinics (providing free and low cost healthcare) and Path of Life Enterprises (providing transitional employment opportunities and earned income for Path of Life Ministries through social enterprise models).

In addition to his role with Path of Life Ministries, Damien also recently served as the director of Community Development on the staff of Today’s Urban Renewal Network (TURN), where he now serves as a board member. TURN is an intermediary organization that connects Church congregations in collaborative efforts of compassion, service, and community development within the City of Riverside while also connecting those congregations with other like-hearted organizations doing similar work, supporting, and empowering those congregations with the training and information required to engage in the work of service to their community. TURN has been instrumental in providing the connections and support required for the development of Homeless programs in the city and the development of a collaborative effort between TURN’s network of Church congregations and the County Department of Public Social Services to meet the needs of Families in the Child Protective Services and Foster Care systems and find healthy foster and adoptive families for orphaned children.

Damien commits his time to the sustainable development of other organizations aimed toward empowering individuals to engage the common good within their communities and take personal ownership for the care and protection of the community’s most vulnerable citizens. As a certified Facilitator and Strategic Planner with the Institute of Cultural Affairs, Damien conducts planning sessions for these organizations, and serves on Boards, counsels, and committees directing the organizations’ operations. He recently served as Vice-President of the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership Board and on the most recent Riverside Charter Review commission. He is the founding Vice-President and a past President of The Pick Group (a Young Professionals organization that creates space for career and community minded individuals between the ages of 21 and 35 to connect, develop professionally, and engage civically for the betterment of the city), Board Member of The Relational Tithe dba. CommonChange.com (an international non-profit that creates a seamless platform of redistribution connecting people across historical dividing lines and meeting the needs of individuals in crisis and poverty), a member on the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council, a member of the original creation and steering committee for Seizing Our Destiny for which he now serves on the 5 member leadership core, and has been highly involved in the creation and implementation of Give BIG Riverside, and Our Riverside, Our Neighborhoods (formally known as 26 in 26).

Damien is fascinated by sustainable urban design and economics, integrated spiritual formation, and the arts.


Workshop: Neighbor Fest!: The UN-Precedented, UN-Conventional,
UN-Conference for Neighborhood Leadership


 

 

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