In 2011, 1,145 homeless women paid a combined total of nearly 12,000 visits to Pathways’ downtown Day Center, where they were able to take a shower, get a hot meal, and take classes on how to improve their situations. On February 2 – Alabama Gives Day – Pathways will welcome the public to visit the Day Center from 9am-3pm with an Open House.
Visitors can meet Pathways’ staff, enjoy refreshments (including coffee, cookies and donuts), and take a tour of the Day Center, located at 409 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd N in downtown Birmingham (click here for directions).
Open House visitors will also be invited – though certainly not required – to support Pathways with a donation as part of Alabama Gives Day on February 2.
Alabama Gives Day is a partnership of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits and the Alabama Broadcasters Association. Alabama Gives Day aims to make history by connecting new and existing donors with hundreds of Alabama nonprofits in just 24 hours. Never before in our state have Alabamians had the opportunity to come together in such a unique and synergized way to support hundreds of nonprofits during a dedicated day of giving.
Pathways offers an array of services to assist homeless women and children. Its Employment Readiness Program teaches women how to write an effective resume and impress would-be employers in a job interview. It sponsors a holiday giving program to help mothers like Joshlyn put presents for their children under the Christmas tree. And it helps women like Dee and Robin, who struggled with drug addiction, get back on their feet and back on the path toward independence.
Computers will be on hand during the Open House for visitors to make a donation to Pathways, or gifts can be made from any computer throughout the day at razoo.com/PathwaysHome. Smart phone users may also donate by scanning the QR code printed on fliers that will be handed out during the Open House.
Here is a snapshot of what a donation to Pathways can do:
$ 35 provides two nights of shelter for a mother and her child.
$ 60 provides a month's worth of meals for women living on the streets.
$ 110 provides transportation for three homeless women in shelter to go on job searches.
$ 500 provides job training classes for a homeless woman.
$ 1,000 provides counseling and support for five homeless mothers and their children.
Karen Griner is the Development Director at Pathways.