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!
- Posted by Karen Griner 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 by Karen Griner 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 by Karen Griner 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 by Karen Griner on 02/20/2013
Executive Director Maria Dickens has been honored by Birmingham Magazine> with a Best in Minority Business Award.
- Posted by Karen Griner 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 by Karen Griner 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 by Karen Griner on 10/29/2012
Two weeks in a coma changed Diane's life forever.
- Posted by Karen Griner 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 by Karen Griner 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 by Karen Griner 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 by Karen Griner 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 by Karen Griner 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.
- Posted by Karen Griner on 06/14/2012
The inaugural year of Pathways’ new major donor campaign, the Heart & Home Society, was a resounding success, exceeding its goal by more than $10,000.
- Posted by Karen Griner on 05/22/2012
This past Saturday, May 19th, the Birmingham Ultimate Disc Association hosted the 31st Charity MudBowl benefitting Pathways at the beautiful Gardendale Soccer Complex.
- Posted by Karen Griner on 04/20/2012
Pathways is excited about the Nature Conservancy of Alabama‘s upcoming Picnic for the Planet! This past month, Pathways’ guests and staff have been creating a piece of art that will be on display – and available for picnickers to eat off of – this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Meadow in Railroad Park.
- Posted by Karen Griner on 01/31/2012
Pathways to participate in statewide single-day fundraising campaign.
- Posted by Janis Evans on 01/21/2012
Vulcan Materials volunteers help Pathways' guests make - and know how to keep - New Year's Resolutions.
- Posted by Karen Griner on 12/29/2011
If you drove or walked by Pathways’ downtown shelter on Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard in December, you may have noticed a beautiful Christmas tree in the lobby, decorated with blue and gold ornaments and white lights.
- Posted by Karen Griner on 12/19/2011
When Joshlyn stepped inside a closet at Pathways, she was moved by tears by what she saw: A pile of presents stacked up as high as her chin, all for her five children.
- Posted by Karen Griner on 12/07/2011
Students use Alabama-Auburn competitiveness to collect donations for Pathways' guests.
- Posted by Janis Evans on 11/08/2011
United Way agencies are linked together by powerful volunteers.
- Posted by Heather Caygle on 11/01/2011
Learn about Pathways' Employment Readiness Program through the eyes of volunteer instructors.
- Posted by Carolyn Johnson on 11/01/2011
Pathways utilizes hospitality as its philosophy, an element of our foundation. This is an indication that we treat our clients with respect and dignity.
- Posted by Heather Caygle on 09/27/2011
Experience what it is like for a homeless women to find hope that she'll find a job.
- Posted by Carolyn Johnson on 09/20/2011
Admirable accomplishments. Those of us at Pathways see them over and over with the success of our clients. We witness the plight of our guests, the defeating, life-changing trauma of losing a home, running out of personal resources, and lack of support from family and friends. This can lead to desperate calls to shelters for a bed.
- Posted by Janis Evans on 09/13/2011
Students lend their nursing skills to help Day Center guests de-stress.
- Posted by Carolyn Hogan on 09/06/2011
Read about the struggles of one woman to fight drug addiction and homelessness.
- Posted by Karen Griner on 08/31/2011
Local skeet shoot enthusiasts enjoy afternoon raising $30,000 for Pathways.
- Posted by Carolyn Johnson on 08/23/2011
Recently, Pathways assisted a young lady, whom I will call Sharon. This young lady had been in one of our facilities as a child along with her mother.
- Posted by Janis Evans on 08/16/2011
Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church members talk about their commitment to serve lunches once a month in Pathways' Day Center.
- Posted by Karen Griner on 08/09/2011
The Zumba craze has found a home at Pathways.
- Posted by Heather Caygle on 07/15/2011
Robin is the embodiment of good ole’ sunshine. You know the kind that shines through the window on your face as you’re riding in the car and it feels so good it instantly warms you soul?