The COVID-19 pandemic impacted everyone, but especially those in vulnerable communities. In an effort to uphold our mission, Pathways to Housing PA implemented a multi-pronged approach to maintain services continuity, staff and participant safety, and innovate service delivery.
Given the current state of emergency in the city, we are not opening our offices today, June 1, 2020. The Philadelphia Furniture Bank will also remain closed as are all City offices and non-emergent services. We will, however, be working diligently because there is much to do.
In an effort to preserve safety for our participants, volunteers and staff, Pathways to Housing PA will be operating with rotated limited staff in our offices, limited work in the community, and with staff also working from home, effective immediately. Participant Drop-in hours will be from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM Monday – Friday, and we are asking anyone with symptoms to refrain from visiting our office and contact us by phone instead. These measures will be in effect until further notice.
We are so grateful to have the opportunity to share this Annual Report with you. 2019 has been a year of continued growth at Pathways. In a city with a 26% poverty rate and so many people in need, there is always more to do.
In systems of care for people who experiencing homelessness, Housing First has achieved buzzword status. More and more housing organizations are adopting the term to describe their work towards ending homelessness. And most of these organizations don’t understand that Housing First is the name for a documented, evidence-based model of programming that was developed to support a very specific population.
Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. It can be represented by a good deed, good turn, favor, act of assistance, service, help, or aid. So why don’t we do more of it, especially in service organizations?