Femi Olowosoyo joins Liberation Programs’ board

Nws-Liberation-programs-8-21Liberation Programs, Inc., one of Fairfield County’s leading providers of services to help individuals and families overcome the disease of addiction, has appointed Stanwich Congregational Church member Femi Olowosoyo to its board of directors.

Mr. Olowosoyo is president of Starlight Construction, Inc., Rock Holdings Inc., Soroko Holdings Inc., Grace Garden & Landscaping Inc., Starlight Properties Inc., Absolute Power Wash Inc., Starlight Moving & Storage Inc., Starlight Furniture and Femi Studios Inc. He recently started Starlight Initiative, a not-for-profit organization that will collect donations of food nearing the end of shelf life to channel to local food banks and soup kitchens nation-wide. He is also working on construction of a 375 bed children’s hospital in Nigeria that will be the second children’s hospital in the entire continent of Africa.

Mr. Olowosoyo is a Master Builder with degrees in construction engineering; manufacturing engineering and woodworking; and furniture design from RIT. One of his earliest construction projects was building a high school in Nigeria while working one summer at his dad’s construction company there. He was only 15 at the time and in high school himself.

Returning home from school one day, Mr. Olowosoyo found the desk and chair in his bedroom that he used for homework were gone. He was angry for weeks when he learned his father donated them to a school that had no furniture, telling Mr. Olowosoyo that some other kids needed it more than he did.

“This was the catalyst for me. I started to see things from my dad’s point of view,” Mr. Olowosoyo said.

Mr. Olowosoyo’s volunteering resume reflects his belief in helping others. He is a volunteer fireman and veteran of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center Disaster Search and Rescue Effort. He volunteers with Norwalk Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, The Young Life, Bridgeport Rescue Mission, The Red Cross and United Way, among other organizations, and sits on the board of Christ House, a free temporary residence for asylum seekers to the U.S.

“Joining the Board of Liberation Programs will allow me to use my education and knowledge to make a better society. People call it ‘giving back;’ but it’s everyone’s responsibility. I have a Christian upbringing. I can see what needs to be done and I am capable of doing something,” Mr. Olowosoyo  said. “I can’t think of anything more rewarding than using my creativity and influence to make a difference. Serving on the board is better than just volunteering to paint, as it’s a better use of my training and background, although doing those things is also an important part of being a good citizen.”

Liberation Programs, Inc. has sites in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport that serve 1,200 adults each day in residential and outpatient programs aimed at restoring the lives of individuals and families that are affected by the disease of addiction.

For more information about Liberation Programs, visit Liberationprograms.org.

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