Ending homelessness - one story at a time
Welcome to Pathways' blog. Here, you will find actual stories of the actual women and children whom we serve. You can see their faces. You can share in their hopes and dreams. You will also find posts about events happening at Pathways and how friends like you are making a difference. We hope you enjoy!
- by Liz Hixson on 09/17/2014
I had a passion for helping those whose lives had been affected by poverty. However, I didn’t realize how little I really knew about them or their situations. Here are just a few things I’ve learned over the past year.
- by Liz Hixson on 07/30/2014
It all started in December of 2012 when 5 volunteers from the Treasury Department at Regions came to serve lunch in the Day Center.
- by Amanda - Pathways' Day Center Guest on 07/08/2014
Amanda is a bright young woman who graduated with a degree in International Affairs from Georgia Institute of Technology. She was a guest in our Day Center program and wanted to share her story and give others a glimpse into the life of homelessness.
- by Jennifer McKoewn on 06/18/2014
Life skills classes encourage guests to focus on the stepping stones that will one day lead them out of homelessness.
- by Karmyn Seawright on 06/11/2014
Pathways is preparing for an AWESOME summer with the addition of its Pathways Day Camp for Kids!
- by Liz Hixson on 06/03/2014
Pathways offers a wide variety of services to women and children facing homelessness, and this is only possible because of the many, many supporters we have. As a humble thank you to our donors and volunteers, we threw a party!
- Posted by Liz Hixson on 05/21/2014
J. Jill's “From Your Closet, To Their Closet” offers customers 25% off one full-priced item for every gently worn item they donate.
- by Jennifer McKoewn on 05/07/2014
With the help of several community partners, Pathways is able to provide varying health and wellness classes for our guests.
- Posted by Jennifer McKoewn on 04/29/2014
Sometimes, the best way to clear the mind is to busy the hands.
- by Jeff and Melanie Young on 04/22/2014
Love. Humility. Gentleness. Unrequited service. Friendship. These are all at the heart of what we seek to show out of love for our community.
- By Liz Hixson on 04/21/2014
Is it possible that we are actually hurting the very people we so desperately desire to help?
- Posted by Liz Hixson on 04/16/2014
This year, Project Homeless Connect (PHC) was a huge collaboration between 65 agencies and more than 1,000 volunteers offering resources to more than 900 people in need. Many of our staff members served as volunteers and they each saw PHC from a different perspective…
- Posted by Liz Hixson on 04/10/2014
“The experience of homelessness inhibits the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and behavioral development of children.”
- posted by Jennifer Mckoewn on 04/02/2014
Children chattering. Papers shuffling. Blocks banging. Hands clapping. These are common sounds in Pathways’ Learning to be a Kid (LBK) classroom.
- Posted by Karmyn Seawright on 03/28/2014
Last Thursday afternoon Pathways received a very special delivery!
- Posted by Liz Hixson on 03/26/2014
Earlier this month, Dream Girls Christian Academy chose to come to Pathways to pamper our Day Center guests with manicures.
- Posted by Jennifer McKoewn on 03/12/2014
Pathways recently partnered with BBVA Compass and Everfi to provide computer-based financial literacy education to guests in each of our six programs.
- Posted by Liz Hixson on 03/04/2014
Carpenter's Hands, a ministry of Canterbury United Methodist Church, helped Pathways and our guests in a HUGE way.
- By Liz Hixson on 02/17/2014
Pathways was a lively and joyous place on Friday! Many individuals and groups came by our downtown location to share some Valentine's Day love.
- Posted on 12/30/2013
All Etta Putman wanted for Christmas this year was presents for homeless children.
- Posted on 11/01/2013
To celebrate the opening of its new store in Hoover, Bassett Furniture has generously donated $10,000-worth of new furniture to Pathways' transitional apartments in Woodlawn.
- Posted by Jennifer McKoewn on 06/28/2013
On Day 1, they walk into the room without speaking, eyes downcast, and they begrudgingly take their seats. I knew this had the potential to be difficult.
- Posted by Janis Evans on 06/28/2013
Pathways guests given the spa treatment while learning about breast cancer.
- Janis Evans on 06/06/2013
Angelina Jolie, BRCA gene carrier, recently underwent a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer. While admirable, such a procedure is not possible for homeless women who lack the resources of a Hollywood star. So what are some of their options?
- Posted on 05/30/2013
Tomorrow, Pathways' Jennifer Holmberg will walk down the aisle. We invite you to get to know our blushing education coordinator!
- Posted by Janis Evans on 05/28/2013
Girl Scout earns Gold Award by teaching homeless women how to use social media to find jobs.
- Posted by Jennifer Holmberg on 05/20/2013
Cheers erupt from the Pathways’ classroom in downtown Birmingham on the evening of April 18th, 2013. The cheers weren’t due to a sporting team’s phenomenal victory or a stellar performance by a rock star.
- Posted by Janis Evans on 04/28/2013
Volunteer Appreciation Week reminds us that "caring for our neighbors" is not just a duty
- Posted by Janis Evans on 03/14/2013
Read how local church volunteers recently brought smiles to our homeless women and children's faces - and captured them on film.
- Posted on 02/26/2013
Best friends Mary Emma and Liles did something most 10-year-olds would find difficult - they gave up birthday presents so that homeless children could receive new toys.
- Posted on 02/20/2013
Executive Director Maria Dickens has been honored by Birmingham Magazine> with a Best in Minority Business Award.
- Posted on 02/01/2013
It was the middle of the night when Martha awoke to the sound of the refrigerator door opening. Going into the kitchen to investigate, she found her young son standing in front of the open door, staring inside.
“I’m just looking at all the food, Mom,” he said. “I can eat whatever I want in there?”
The boy knew what it was like to be truly hungry. But now, thanks to the organization now known as Pathways, his family didn’t have to worry about having enough food to eat.
- Posted by Jennifer Holmberg on 01/23/2013
Pathways and Oasis Counseling for Women and Children are partnering to offer a fun new program to Day Center guests.
- Posted by Janis Evans on 12/27/2012
Volunteers, donors and staff threw a Holiday party to remember for Pathways' homeless women and children.
- Posted on 12/12/2012
Donors who gave $1,000 or more to Pathways' newest fundraising campaign are now being recognized through a work of art.
- Posted by Carolyn Johnson on 12/05/2012
Two of Pathways' residential guests volunteered their time this election season to help with the Presidential campaign.
- Posted by Janis Evans on 12/04/2012
Despite a power outage, Pathways’ team managed to still serve lunch to homeless women who visited the Day Center recently.
- Posted by Janis Evans on 11/19/2012
Pathways' downtown Day Center receives a face lift courtesy of a handful of dedicated volunteers.
- Posted by Irion Lane on 11/12/2012
... what would you change? Find out how some of Pathways' guests answered this question.
- Posted by Emily on 11/05/2012
A poem by one of Pathways' homeless guests.
- Posted on 10/29/2012
Two weeks in a coma changed Diane's life forever.
- Posted on 10/29/2012
On a recent Wednesday evening, 8-year-old Catherine walked into a classroom at Pathways and proudly showed off the gap where she’d lost a tooth the night before. Junior League of Birmingham volunteers Kathryn Jones and Murry Hard showered her with praise and congratulations.
- Posted on 10/29/2012
National Cement claimed victory once again at this year’s Sporting Clays event.
- Posted by Janis Evans on 10/29/2012
Children and their mothers enjoy a day of face painting, games and food provided by a fun-loving group of volunteers.
- Posted by Janis Evans on 10/28/2012
During the month of October, most citizens of the US raise their voices in cheer to promote school pride, team spirit, and to rally for specific causes. In fact, in Alabama, we live by the “Either For Us or Against Us” creed. Our children learn this early during football games. We stand united for what we believe to be areas of great importance. The unity will transcend demographics, genders, races, or religious affiliations. Honestly, it is as American as football!
- Posted on 10/26/2012
Earlier this year, Martha moved from Florida to Birmingham to bury her mother and to take care of her estate. But that good deed ended up being too much of a burden, and seven months ago, Martha suddenly found herself homeless.
- Posted by Fanicy Hunter Sears on 09/28/2012
From January 2012 to August 2012, I had the opportunity to work with Pathways as a Counselor in Training. Although I spent the majority of time working with the Women in Parsons Place; I was also exposed to working with the women and children in their day center and transitional housing programs.
- Posted on 07/16/2012
Keisha Hunter loves coming to work every day.
“I enjoy the excitement,” she said. “It’s never the same. You never know what you’re going to walk into.”
- Posted on 07/13/2012
Morgan Kelly has noticed lately how many presents her friends get at their birthday parties.
- Posted by Janis Evans on 06/15/2012
A few months ago, a homeless woman named Lois came into Pathways’ Day Center on a day when photographer D. Jerome Smedley was volunteering his time to take photos of Pathways guests. He snapped this beautiful picture of Lois.