Dorothy Pugh passes away of Covid

April 12th, 2020
Dorothy Pugh

Southwest Solutions is deeply saddened about the passing of Dorothy Pugh, a member of our Counseling Board.

“Dorothy was an upbeat and caring person who will be dearly missed,” said Joe Tasse, who served on the Counseling Board with Dorothy and is now our CEO.

“Dorothy was an extraordinary woman whose advocacy for youth was boundless,” said Stephanie Miller, who chairs our Counseling Board. “Her words of wisdom, and her kind and caring nature will be deeply missed.”

“Dorothy was a great partner on our Counseling Board,” said David Ippel, who chaired the Board before Stephanie. “She cared deeply about our clients and the communities we served. She was an advocate for those with mental and physical illnesses, and the socio-economic difficulties they faced in their lives. She spoke from the heart, and it was always appreciated. Dorothy will be greatly missed.”

Dorothy worked as a Community Coach for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit since 2016, using her decades of child-welfare experience to help high-risk, adjudicated youth.

According to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dorothy died of COVID-19.

“Dorothy was highly respected for her knowledge of the challenges facing youth in foster care and high-risk youth,” Big Brothers Big Sisters wrote in its Facebook post announcing Dorothy’s death. “‘Miss Dorothy,’ as many affectionately called her, was an advocate who always looked out for the most vulnerable in our community. It was not unusual for her to pack up leftover food from events, condiments, plates and all to share with the homeless in Detroit. She also actively served on advisory boards and committees for social service organizations, including Southwest Solutions. Her thoughtfulness and engaging personality will surely be missed.”

Dorothy was also a member of the Bridgeway Services Board.

Our deepest condolences to all of Dorothy’s family members, friends, colleagues, and the countless individuals touched by her passionate commitment to help others.

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