PathWays PA’s Workforce Development and Self-Sufficiency programs help low-income families build financial stability through outreach, training, education and research. All of PathWays PA’s initiatives help individuals and families gain self-sufficiency consistent with Self-Sufficiency Standard for Pennsylvania, published by PathWays PA, which outlines living costs for each of the state’s workforce investment areas. To view the Standard, click here.
Workforce development and self-sufficiency programs help individuals and families realize financial stability through multiple programs and services which include:
PathWays PA offers adults the opportunity to further their education through classes, tutoring and coaching. We offer GED® exam preparation courses that include tutoring services, job coaching and post-secondary enrollment assistance for adults in Delaware County and Philadelphia. Classes help students prepare GED® tests while gaining the skills necessary for success in employment and post-secondary education and training. These classes are free to take and are open to the public. To learn more about our adult education program, please contact Kathy Raymond via email or call 610-543-5022.
We are in need of volunteer tutors and class aides! No experience required. Click here to find out more about volunteering.
Employment Training and Placement
PathWays PA’s workforce training programs help participants gain the skills and certifications required to secure employment and career advancement. PathWays PA has key workforce partnerships.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Alliance (SEPHA), managed by PathWays PA, brings together the full spectrum of healthcare providers. As a regional healthcare workforce partnership, SEPHA helps healthcare employers assess and address their workforce skills gaps and helps low-skilled workers gain the trainings and credentials necessary to advance in healthcare careers. SEPHA supports free and low cost employment certification trainings for healthcare workers who live or work in Southeastern Pennsylvania. To learn more about SEPHA, please click here or call 610-543-5022.
PathWays PA is a community partner of The Philadelphia Housing Authority and offers an array of healthcare career trainings to qualified PHA residents, helping them to connect participants to healthcare careers. This program helps low-income individuals achieve economic stability by reaching career goals. For more information about our PHA trainings, please contact PathWays PA at 610-543-5022.
Through Financial Path$ PathWays PA offers financial education and coaching to help parents and caregivers achieve financial stability and financial independence.
Financial Path$ offers financial education workshops and individual counseling sessions that help participants increase their financial resources through strategies that improve credit, build savings, decrease debt, and achieve short and long-term financial goals.
Financial Path$ services are available in both Delaware County, where PathWays PA operates a Financial Opportunities Center in Chester, and in Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, PathWays PA provides financial education and counseling at the Achieving Reunification Center (ARC), to help parents who have lost custody of their children reunite their families, by helping them gain the financial strategies required to care for their children.
Through Financial Path$ PathWays PA offers clients access to Individual Development Accounts (IDA). IDAs offer qualified participants matched savings accounts. By making regular contributions to an IDA savings account, participants establish a pattern of regular savings and can earn a 4:1 match for qualified post-secondary educational programs. Participants can save up to $1,000 and will be matched up to $4,000 by the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, giving the IDA participant a total of $5,000 that they may use for school. For details about the IDA program, click here.
PathWays PA connects individuals and families to SNAP and other benefits and work supports. PathWays PA provides benefits application assistance to link individuals and families in accessing work supports that will assist participants in building financial assets to stabilize their lives and meet their long-term financial goals.
For more information about the IDA program and SNAP application assistance, please contact Lauren Rodino via email or call 610-543-5022.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
PathWays PA’s VITA program provides extensive free tax preparation services and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) education and outreach throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with a focus on promoting asset development and financial stability. Free tax preparation is offered through a combination of fixed and mobile tax sites that operate throughout the tax season, offering free tax preparation at employer sites, community centers, public transportation sites and childcare facilities. Free tax preparation is offered to individuals and families with an annual household income of up to $53,000. PathWays PA’s VITA services provide tax filers with tools and strategies that focus on using their refund to build year-round stability to achieve financial goals. To learn more about VITA, please click here or contact Maria Duncan-Prince by email or call 610-543-5022.
We need volunteers for this year’s tax season! No experience is required – all training and certification for tax filing is provided for free. Click here for more information about volunteering.
Back to Work Program
The Back to Work Program provides job placement assistance, workforce readiness skill development, and financial counseling services for low-income, unemployed Delaware County residents 50 years old and older. The Back to Work Program’s Career Coach assists seniors in building the skills necessary to join/re-join the workforce to promote economic self-sufficiency and allow seniors to build financial resources for retirement. For more information about how we can help you gain employment and begin working toward your retirement goals contact Elaine Herbert at (610) 543-5022 ext. 259.
In addition to the Standard, Self-Sufficiency produces several other publications that offer tools and strategies for low-wage working families, including:
- Keeping it Real: Teen Finances: Designed for teen parents and young adults, this comprehensive guide promotes informed financial choices to build financial stability
- The Financial Resources Guide: A statewide resource guide that outlines the economic supports and financial services available to low-income workers, as well as other topics regarding financial resources and self-sufficiency
- Paths to Banking: A guide to the basics of banking that includes a brief overview on credit and predatory lending practices
- Tax Benefit Resources: Extensive outreach & educational materials, in English and Spanish, detailing the benefits and eligibility requirements for EITC
- Health Careers Training Directory: Details career options, training requirements and availability, as well as anticipated demand and earnings for health professions requiring less than one year of training or more
If you need assistance beyond the services offered by PathWays PA visit the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s 2-1-1 website for a list of additional resources.