Child & Family Programs

PathWays PA offers a variety of programs and services that help families, children and teens stabilize their lives. Descriptions of these programs and services are listed below.

If you are interested in helping one of our residential programs through  volunteer efforts, please contact Renee Toussaint via email or call 610-543-5022.

Basic Center Program (BCP) – Philadelphia

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The BCP is a community-based residential facility located in West Philadelphia that provides runaway prevention and intervention services for teen girls who have runaway, are homeless or are at risk of being a runaway and/or homeless youth. Five clients, aged 13-17 years, may reside at the Basic Center Program at any given time.  To learn more about the Basic Center Program, please contact Melveetia Smith via email or call 215-397-4287.


Center for Families (CFF) – Wawa, PA

077The Center for Families is a residential facility for DHS-referred* homeless mothers and their children. Fifty or more persons reside at the Center at any given time. The CFF staff promotes education, teaches parenting and life skills, fosters self-esteem and moves women towards attainment of their life goals, family well-being and self-sufficiency. This program also promotes the healthy physical, emotional and social development of children through early childhood development programs; enrollment and maintenance of school aged children in the local school system; as well as summer activities and an after-school homework club hosted by volunteer teachers. To learn more about CFF, please contact Lenora Pope via email or call 610-459-9177.

Project Peace Program – Delaware County

Young Mom Holding Baby UpThe Project Peace is a community-based program that provides parenting education, life skills training and educational mediation to pregnant and parenting adolescents,  teen moms, and young mothers ages 13-24 years. Project Peace facilitates parenting groups and in-home case management within the community. Referrals are received through the schools, hospitals, clinics and the community-at-large. To learn more about Project Peace, please contact Michelle Ratcliff via email or call 610-543-5022 .

Transitional Living Program (TLP) – Philadelphia and the City of Chester

Cute BabyTLP is a community-based* program that provides furnished apartments for five homeless young women, over an 18-month period, while they continue their education, maintain a job or receive skills training. Group and individual counseling to pregnant adolescents and teen moms between the ages of 16 and 21 is also available. TLP assists young women in their transition to independence and is available to those who are not clients of the child welfare or juvenile justice system. Post-discharge, PathWays PA provides aftercare services to all young women and their children for up to one year. TLP also offers non-residential services, which includes case management, life skills training, counseling, therapy, transitional services and group programs. TLP has two locations, one in Philadelphia and one in the City of Chester. To learn more about TLP, please contact Renae Manning via email or call 215-921-9672 for our Philadelphia office. For our Chester Office, please contact Cristina Lim via email or call 484-480-6981.

*DHS-referred: These residential programs only take residents who have been referred to us through the Department of Human Services.
*Community-based: These programs accept homeless clients from the community. No DHS referral is required to become a part of these programs.