Pushing clientsto move forwardtoward success

November 23, 2013 

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    An 18-year-old woman needs help and visits Pathways, a transitional living and supportive services program for young adults 18 to 21 years old. The program serves the homeless, and many of the participants are former foster care youth who have limited financial and emotional support.

    She describes herself as hard-working, loves to get a task done and likes to get it done right the first time. She managed to play sports in high school while living in a local shelter with her family. She says her smile can light up someone’s day, even if it’s a horrible day.

    Her parents divorced, causing the family to break up, and when she turned 18, she was on her own. She tried living with friends, but soon her friends no longer could support her.

    She heard about Pathways and came to the program orientation. As a resident of Pathways, she was motivated from the very beginning. She has been employed for the last year and saved more than $3,000. She is enrolled at Modesto Junior College and attends regularly. She is determined to be successful.

    She used marijuana in the past, but has stayed clean and sober her entire stay at Pathways. She has completed job-development classes, and life skills, alcohol and drugs education groups.

    She has advanced within Pathways and is on her way to meeting her goals.

    •  Address: 1700 McHenry Village Way, Suite 11, Modesto, CA 95350

    •  Phone number: (209) 526-1476

    •  Website: www.centerforhumanservices.org

    •  How we help those in need:

    24-hour crisis line

    Individual, group and family counseling

    Case management

    Residential services

    Information and referral/community links

    Life skills education and tutoring

    Education classes and support groups

    Parent and family advocacy

    Aftercare and follow-up services

    Mentoring/youth development

    •  Individuals and/or families assisted per month:

    35-45 residential youth

    60-75 family members

    40-50 nonresidential youth

    •  How a $10 donation helps:

    Two meals for a youth

    Hygiene kit for a youth

    Clothing for a youth

    •  $25 donation:

    Pair of shoes

    Recreation for eight youths

    Bus passes for a month for a resident

    •  $50 donation:

    Backpack full of school supplies for a youth

    A week toward mortgage payment for the shelter

    A week’s worth of groceries for one resident

    •  $100 donation:

    Two weeks of milk for the youth at Hutton House

    Three hours of drug and alcohol counseling

    Youth admission to a leadership conference

    •  Volunteer update: Volunteers are always needed. Contact Valrie Thompson for Hutton House at (209) 526-1623 or vthompson@centerforhumanservices.org, or

    Paula Harter for Pathways at (209)526-3809 or pharter@centerforhumanservices.org.

    •  One last thing: There are no fees for our Hutton House and Pathways services

For Darius Paye, the Center for Human Services’ Pathways program pretty much does what it says: provides a path to success.

Paye, 19, was homeless when a family who went to his church referred him to Pathways.

Now he has a place to stay and a program to help him get where he wants to go. In the three months since Paye has started with Pathways, he gets up early each day.

Pathways requires its residents to attend school or get a job.

If the resident isn’t doing either of those things, he or she has to work hard at getting a job.

As for Paye, he is going to school and expects to get his diploma in May. After that, he will pursue work in his area of passion: video games. He wants to sell them.

Pathways, he says, came his way just when he needed it. “It really pushes you to go forward.”

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