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This week, as we continue exploring Pathways new team targeting opioid addiction, something significant happened. A particularly dangerous batch of heroine caused nearly 50 overdoses last Thursday alone. I was working that night on Kensington Avenue when a woman overdosed. After she woke up, and left with the EMTs, I took a deep breath.
Pathways to Housing PA is trying something new. For those of you who know us, that should be no surprise. Pushing the boundaries is in our DNA. From our beginnings in 2008 as a new model in the city, to the creation of the city-wide furniture bank, the development of our community integration team, and our expanding supported employment program, innovating to meet needs is what we do. So when we began to see the opioid epidemic impacting Philadelphia, we knew we needed to respond.
Dave is a member of the Pathways' community. He now works part-time at the Philadelphia Furniture Bank (PFB) as part of Pathways' Transitional Supported Employment Program. He agreed to talk to Howard Pinder, PFB's Assistant Director, about his experiences. We believe that our stories are as important as our successes.
Q: What is the story that connected you with Pathways?
It’s really hot outside. We are in the midst of a heatwave and its supposed to be like this for most of the remaining summer. I spend most of my day in an air conditioned office, an air conditioned car or my air conditioned home. I have access to plenty of cold clean water to stay hydrated and bathrooms to deal with drinking all of that cold clean water. And still, I find the heat miserable and difficult to manage.