PARK CITY — Jane Patten, executive director of Peace House, is the recipient of the 14th annual Community Leadership Award from Leadership Park City. The award recognizes an outstanding citizen who, through sustained involvement, tireless commitment and insightful leadership, has made significant contributions to the community.

In search of a new life, a greater connection with the outdoors and a way to live closer to her grandchildren, Patten left Connecticut for the Park City area in 2004. With a background in nonprofit work, she quickly found a job as office manager for Peace House, which serves victims of domestic violence, in June of that year. By October, she had been named executive director of the organization.

Under Patten’s direction, Peace House has grown from a humble shelter to an organization that provides services not only to those seeking shelter from domestic violence, but also to those who are navigating the fog of domestic abuse but do not require shelter.

Peace House has plans to further expand its services with the construction of a new campus-like facility that will include transitional housing as well as emergency shelter for a more complete continuum of care for victims of domestic violence.