Pathways' Blog

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!

  • 5 Things I've Learned About Those Suffering From Homelessness

    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.

  • Regions Employees Go Above and Beyond!

    It all started in December of 2012 when 5 volunteers from the Treasury Department at Regions came to serve lunch in the Day Center.

  • Amanda's Story

    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.

  • Education at Pathways

    Life skills classes encourage guests to focus on the stepping stones that will one day lead them out of homelessness.

  • Pathways Day Camp for Kids

    Pathways is preparing for an AWESOME summer with the addition of its Pathways Day Camp for Kids!

  • Open House

    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!

  • J. Jill Helping Women Dress for Success

    J. Jill's “From Your Closet, To Their Closet” offers customers 25% off one full-priced item for every gently worn item they donate.

  • Health and Wellness

    With the help of several community partners, Pathways is able to provide varying health and wellness classes for our guests.

  • Art Therapy

    Sometimes, the best way to clear the mind is to busy the hands.

  • How To Build Relationships in the Homeless Community - 101

    Love. Humility. Gentleness. Unrequited service. Friendship. These are all at the heart of what we seek to show out of love for our community.

  • Enabling or Empowering?: Considering How We Help the Homeless

    Is it possible that we are actually hurting the very people we so desperately desire to help?

  • Project Homeless Connect

    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…

  • The Junior League of Birmingham Provides an Enriching Opportunity

    “The experience of homelessness inhibits the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and behavioral development of children.”

  • Giving Children Permission To Be Children

    Children chattering. Papers shuffling. Blocks banging. Hands clapping. These are common sounds in Pathways’ Learning to be a Kid (LBK) classroom.

  • A Special Delivery

    Last Thursday afternoon Pathways received a very special delivery!

  • Emotional Well-Being

    Earlier this month, Dream Girls Christian Academy chose to come to Pathways to pamper our Day Center guests with manicures.

  • Success @ Pathways

    Pathways recently partnered with BBVA Compass and Everfi to provide computer-based financial literacy education to guests in each of our six programs.

  • Carpenter's Hands Making a Difference

    Carpenter's Hands, a ministry of Canterbury United Methodist Church, helped Pathways and our guests in a HUGE way.

  • Sharing the Love

    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.

  • 10-year-old girl donates Christmas gifts to Pathways

    All Etta Putman wanted for Christmas this year was presents for homeless children.

  • Bassett Furniture donates $10,000 in furniture to Pathways

    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.

  • Pathways expands Learning to Be a Kid program to Grace House Ministries

    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.

  • Street Smarts: Day of Pampering and Breast Cancer

    Pathways guests given the spa treatment while learning about breast cancer.

  • Street Smarts: Practical Breast Cancer Awareness Education for Homeless Women

    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?

  • Love is in the air

    Tomorrow, Pathways' Jennifer Holmberg will walk down the aisle. We invite you to get to know our blushing education coordinator!

  • A Tale of Two Agencies

    Girl Scout earns Gold Award by teaching homeless women how to use social media to find jobs.

  • Junior League helps homeless women be "Fiscally Fit"

    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.

  • Volunteerism: The Spirit of Humanity

    Volunteer Appreciation Week reminds us that "caring for our neighbors" is not just a duty

  • Redstone Church brings smile to children's faces

    Read how local church volunteers recently brought smiles to our homeless women and children's faces - and captured them on film.

  • 10-year-old best friends give remarkable gift

    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.

  • Pathways' Executive Director Honored with Award

    Executive Director Maria Dickens has been honored by Birmingham Magazine with a Best in Minority Business Award.

  • Former guest-turned-staffer now helps other women find their path

    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.

  • Oasis Brings Art Therapy to Pathways

    Pathways and Oasis Counseling for Women and Children are partnering to offer a fun new program to Day Center guests.

  • Day Center Guests Enjoy Holiday Cheer

    Volunteers, donors and staff threw a Holiday party to remember for Pathways' homeless women and children.

  • New Heart & Home Society Donor Wall Unveiled

    Donors who gave $1,000 or more to Pathways' newest fundraising campaign are now being recognized through a work of art.

  • Boots on the Ground

    Two of Pathways' residential guests volunteered their time this election season to help with the Presidential campaign.

  • Revolution: What Happened When the Lights Went out at Pathways

    Despite a power outage, Pathways’ team managed to still serve lunch to homeless women who visited the Day Center recently.

  • Magic City Miracle: A Few Good Men and Women

    Pathways' downtown Day Center receives a face lift courtesy of a handful of dedicated volunteers.

  • If you could alter one thing in the world right now...

    ... what would you change? Find out how some of Pathways' guests answered this question.

  • Walk a Mile in My Shoes

    A poem by one of Pathways' homeless guests.

  • Brush with death unlocks guest's hidden talent

    Two weeks in a coma changed Diane's life forever.

  • Junior League helps homeless kids just be kids

    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.

  • National Cement retains title as Sporting Clays champ

    National Cement claimed victory once again at this year’s Sporting Clays event.

  • Pathways families enjoy annual fall festival

    Children and their mothers enjoy a day of face painting, games and food provided by a fun-loving group of volunteers.

  • Pathways takes a stand for Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence

    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!

  • Day Center guest defeats homelessness

    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.

  • Why Pathways is Truly a Woman's Way Home

    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.

  • Employee of the Quarter: Keisha Hunter

    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.”

  • 6-year-old foregoes birthday gifts to raise money for homeless

    Morgan Kelly has noticed lately how many presents her friends get at their birthday parties.

  • Worth a thousand words: The story of Lois

    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.