clothing and other belongings laying on a sidewalk in the evening

This perspective is Part II of a two-part series documenting the experiences of Pathways to Housing PA internes, Emily Mann and Gracie Harrington at the 2016 Point in Time Count.

On the night of the Point in Time count I had the opportunity to see my neighborhood in a different light. Signs of homelessness are visible during the day, such as a sheet or sleeping bag that is soaking up moisture from the sidewalk vents or a line of people waiting in line to receive a meal.

Three volunteers walk past the Philadelphia skyline while participating in the Point in Time Count.

This perspective is Part I of a two-part series documenting the experiences of Pathways to Housing PA Interns Gracie Harrington and Emily Mann at the 2016 Point in Time Count.

I had butterflies in my stomach. As I entered the doors of Rodeph Shalom, I braced myself for what I knew would be a life-changing evening. The previous week when Jessie Marushak, the Director of Development at Pathways to Housing PA, had asked me to participate in the Point in Time Count I had eagerly said yes.

Over the past seven years, I have worked at Turning Points for Children CUA 3 servicing families in the Child Welfare System within the City of Philadelphia. During the course of my work, I have witnessed many struggles and hardships that our low-income populations face trying to make ends meet. The greatest challenges families face are food, clothing and shelter/lack of housing. Within the city, there are many programs to assist families with connecting to these concrete goods or resources.

Members of the Pathways to Housing PA community cut the red ribbon to the Philadelphia Furniture Bank.

Here it is... your Top 5 of 2015!

Thanks to your generous support, the first year of the Philadelphia Furniture Bank has been one to remember. We gratefully present to you the top 5 things you made possible in 2015!


People always ask, “What can I do to help the homeless for the holidays?” At Pathways, we are all about filling needs.  Here’s a quick list of ideas to help answer that question:

  • Make a year-end gift to help with our mission on the DONATE page of this website.
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