We strive to help participants live in the community and to be valued for their uniqueness and abilities, just like everyone else. Our staff aims to walk alongside participants, wherever they are on the path of life, and to support them in the places they want support. Ultimately, we want to empower participants to make their own decisions. Our hope at Pathways is to provide all manner of opportunities for participants to reclaim their lives on their own terms.
We practice community inclusion and help participants reclaim their lives in every aspect of our programming by living the following values:
Our program participants are strong. They have lived full lives, had many experiences, thrived in the face of past trauma, and deserve our respect.
We are intentional in the way we engage with participants. Staff attitudes matter, and we want to support folks in their choices. We're here to help them to do the things they want to do.
If we're going to support and encourage program participants in their choices, we need to have a solid foundation to build from. Talking about where they have been, what their lives are like today, and what they hope their lives will be like in the future happens through genuine conversations and connection – enveloped in healthy dialogue and reasonable boundaries.
We are intentional about helping people. We do that through kindness and respect while advocating in the community for our folks to live their lives just like everybody else.
We believe that anyone can work if they are given the right support. In today's job market, with many more qualified candidates than jobs available, it is more important than ever to level the playing field for people who are under-resourced and have been out of the workforce for long periods.
The Philadelphia Furniture Bank (PFB) provides part-time jobs as part of our Transitional Employment Program. These jobs include furniture repair apprentices, warehouse workers, personal shoppers, clerical assistance, delivery support, and van drivers. The job training benefits of the program result in high retention rates, a transition to competitive employment, and improved overall quality of life satisfaction for participants.