Pathway Home is a 12-month, Christ-centered residence program designed to offer rehabilitation and restoration to women, and women with children, who need to start over in their lives. Even further, the women find new purpose and practical direction for their lives. During the last 3 months of the program, the ladies serve as interns and are given more leadership in the Home to help develop greater commitment to their new lifestyle. The ladies are continually supervised, unless on approved leave. The atmosphere of the Home becomes authentic community and the ladies learn how to interact, treat others with respect, and resolve conflicts as “family.”
Our population consists of women 18-38 who have drug and alcohol addictions, often with abuse and legal issues in their history, as well as other destructive patterns and losses. The ladies must clearly express a desire to change, as we are not a rescue facility. We have served ladies who are on probation or are adjudicated to successfully complete the program from Fayette, Henry, Gwinnett, Coweta, and BartowCounties as well as ladies from out of state. With some of our ladies, we are working on reunification with their children and allow levels of visitation. We have random drug screens and will comply with any other stipulations that the courts require.
The ladies are required to maintain the residence, plan and cook meals, attend classes, group work and church, do assigned reading and homework exercises, perform community service while supervised by a leader, and follow the guidelines of the Home. A unique dimension of Pathway Home is the use of life coaching to facilitate personal growth, goal setting and a distinct plan for each individual. A professional life coach meets with each lady two to three times a week to provide accountability and challenge to catalyze change from the inside out. The goal is not merely behavioral change, but heart and identity change.
The classes include character and faith development, conflict resolution, anger management, substance abuse recovery that addresses drug and alcohol abuse, parenting, soul care, personality assessments, life skills, and individualized projects. Our support staff includes a Georgia-licensed social worker, a licensed professional counselor, a physician’s assistant and others in various job/life skill areas.
Pathway Home has been in existence since 2005 and has a success rate of 83%. Graduates are productive, positive citizens. We become a “family” and stay in touch. Eight of our graduates have gone on to college to complete degrees, several to the Masters level. Several are married and have beautiful children. Others own their own business or have started new careers. We believe in our program because lives really change and that is our greatest desire.
The Pathway Home is funded by donations. Ladies are asked to find donors, but many of them have no financial support. We have many needs and a growing population. We are training graduates to be leaders so that they can give back what they have gained.