PathWays PA was founded in 1978 as the Women’s Association for Women’s Alternatives. It served as one of Pennsylvania’s first residential programs to keep low-income, vulnerable women together with their children and has grown to become one of the Greater Philadelphia Region’s foremost providers of residential and community-based services for women, children and families. Each year over 4,500 women, children and families benefit from our full complement of social services; job training and employment assistance; as well as outreach and residential programs as they move along the path to self-sufficiency.
With offices throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and advocacy initiatives on behalf of low-wage workers statewide, PathWays PA provides programs committed to the development of client self-sufficiency which leads to the fulfillment of our mission:
To help women, teens, children and families achieve economic independence and family well-being.
Who We Are:
PathWays PA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is a member in good standing of both the Child Welfare League of America and the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services. In recognition of our service to Pennsylvania, we have received numerous awards, which include Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network Award; Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year; Philadelphia Department of Human Services Children’s Crusader Award; Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Nonprofit of the Year Excellence Award; The Philadelphia Foundation H. Craig Lewis Good Governance Award; and The Child Welfare League of America’s Private Agency Advocate of the Year Award among countless other citations and recognition from both public and private entities.
What We Do:
PathWays PA has two main areas of focus that allow us to continue to fulfill our mission: Child and family programs and services, and self-sufficiency and advocacy programs and services.
Our child and family programs and services include residential facilities for homeless moms, teen girls and children; community support for pregnant/parenting teen girls; parenting and life skills training; and more.
While some of our residential facilities are for Department of Human Services (DHS)-referred clients only, some facilities and programs are community-based and do not require a DHS referral. For more information about our child and family programs and services, click here.
Our self-sufficiency and advocacy programs and services include adult education courses and testing; workforce development partnerships; a veterans workforce development program; policy research and advocacy for low-wage workers statewide; family reunification; financial literacy education; and free tax preparation.
The majority of these programs are open to the community. To read more about our self-sufficiency programs and services, click here. For more information about our policy and advocacy department, click here.
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