Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Importance of FAMILY

It happens to almost everyone. Sometimes, the need to take family leave is for the happiest of all reasons, such as the birth or adoption of a child. And at other times, we need to take leave for the scariest of reasons, like a cancer diagnosis or a car accident. But when one of these or thousands of other scenarios come up, most working people in the United States have no access to paid family leave. Taking the time to care means putting jobs and economic security at risk in a time when most families can ill afford it.

Last year, Congressional Leaders introduced the FAMILY Act, which would give workers the opportunity to continue earning some money while staying home to care for themselves or their family members. Under the FAMILY Act, employees and employers would create a self-sustaining fund through small shared contributions. Workers could then tap into the fund for a portion of their pay, ensuring that they can pay their bills and contribute to local businesses and the economy.

Currently, only 50% of new mothers can take paid leave to care for their child - and this leave is often the result of taking vacation and paid time off, not from having access to dedicated maternity time. Meanwhile, over 40 million adults - many of whom are still in the workforce - also care for adults over 50.

At PathWays PA, we work with families every day as they strive to gain the education and skills they need to be good workers and good parents. As our clients enter the workforce or find better jobs, access to paid leave can ensure that caring for the medical needs of their families will not mean a return to poverty,

If you support the FAMILY Act, please take the time to tell your legislators. You can use this action alert from 9to5 as a starting point.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Help PathWays PA Give Thanks Throughout the Rest of the Year!

As we get ready for Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season, we hope you will help us kick off this time of giving with a donation to PathWays PA. Your continued generosity helps our families succeed in becoming self-sufficient.

While we always encourage monetary donations, you can give to PathWays PA in a variety of ways while shopping for other people on your list.

  • On Black Friday, consider buying some gender neutral baby clothes for one of the many children we work with! New (unused) baby clothes, socks, and hats are always appreciated, especially as the weather gets colder.
  • On Small Business Saturday, think about purchasing a children's book at a local bookstore for one of our families.
  • On Cyber Monday (or whenever you shop online), do your shopping through AmazonSmile or iGive so that a portion of your purchase goes directly to PathWays PA. (PS - if you sign up for iGive as a new customer before December 15 and try the free iGive button before February 15, PathWays PA will get $5 automatically - you don't even have to make a purchase!)
  • On Giving Tuesday, make that donation to PathWays PA and ask your friends to do the same!
Of course, you don't need to confine your giving to one day of the holiday season. PathWays PA is open year-round to help women, children, and families, and our need is year-round as well. Here is a list of the items that we always need:
  • Welcome kits for moms, children (for boys and girls, age groups 2-4 years and 4-6 years) and babies (boys and girls). If you are interested in donating a welcome kit, email Fran for more information!
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Full-size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, body lotion, etc.)
  • Diapers and wipes (all sizes needed)
  • New (unused) baby clothes, socks, hats, etc. (gender-neutral appreciated)
  • Baby proofing materials (drawer locks, electrical socket covers, etc.)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Runaway Services at PathWays PA and Beyond

November is National Runaway Prevention Month, which means it is the perfect time to remind everyone of PathWays PA's Basic Center Program (BCP).

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. The BCP is also now offering an after-school drop-in program for residents and non-residents. The teen lounge will be available for girls ages 13-17 in Philadelphia on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Teen girls can get homework help, a snack, sign up for support and life skills groups or just hang out. To learn more about the Basic Center Program, please contact the Basic Center at 215-397-4287.

As the winter sets in and the temperatures turn cold, remember that America’s youth need safe shelter. Now is the time to urge our Federal Senators to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act. This essential bill provides youth with services, including street outreach, drop-in centers for youth, and most importantly with snow falling--beds!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Come Meet the HeroesPath Staff on Veterans Day

The HeroesPath staff will be participating in Veterans Day activities throughout the community to thank Veterans for their service and discuss how the HeroesPath program can help Veterans successfully transition to civilian life and civilian employment. Be sure to say hello to the HeroesPath staff when you see them at the following events:

Delaware County Veterans are invited to a breakfast hosted by State Representative William Adolph at Paxon Hollow Country Club, from 8:00am to 9:30am at 850 Paxon Hollow Road, Media Pa 19063. Free breakfast to honor the service of our veterans, as well as representatives from the DMVA and Herbert Fouch, HeroesPath Veteran Navigator to answer any questions veterans may have. RSVP by November 10 to Kyle Rice, Constituent Outreach Specialist at 610-544-9878.

The 55th Annual Delaware County Veterans Day Parade starting at 11:00am on State Street in Media. Our own HeroesPath Veteran Navigator, Herbert Fouch, Combat Veteran 2004-2005 Western Iraq, will be walking the parade route, please come out and join him.

MacDade Bowl – located at 2105 MacDade Blvd in Holmes PA are pleased to invite all vets, all active service members with their families to bowl from 10:00am-4:00pm. They will offer 2 games with shoes free for service members. Family members will be $2.00 each for the 2 games with shoes. Please contact Dee Gilchrist at 610-532-9044 for further information. A HeroesPath Veteran Navigator will be there from 2:00pm to 4:00pm to assist those vets in need of jobs and support services.

Applebee’s - Free meal available from open to close for Vets and Active Duty Military . Call your neighborhood Applebee’s to see if they are participating and for detail of proof of military service. The Havertown and Folsom Applebee’s are participating and they are located at 1305 West Chester Pike, Havertown, 610-449-2295 and 320 MacDade Blvd in Folsom, 610-461-7575. A HeroesPath Veteran Navigator will be at the Folsom location from 11:00am to 1:30 to assist those vets in need of jobs and support services.

Llanerch Diner – 95 E Township Line Rd, Upper Darby, PA 19082. The HeroesPath program has partnered with Llanerch Diner to provide a discount for all Military Veterans on Veterans Day. All vets will receive free coffee and 15% discount off of breakfast, lunch and dinner, meals only. Call 610-789-6057 for further information. HeroesPath informational materials will be in the vestibule.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Join Us in Building Assets in Pennsylvania!

PathWays PA invites you to join a statewide coalition focused on addressing the needs of low-income Pennsylvanians and the policies that can help them build assets and resources. This coalition will be part of the nationwide Assets and Opportunities Network, a movement-oriented group of advocates, practitioners, policymakers, and others nationwide working to expand the reach and deepen the impact of asset-based strategies. Network members are on the frontlines of state and local policy advocacy, coalition-building and service delivery.

RSVP to join us or to learn more during our interactive webinar December 2!

As you may know, PathWays PA is an active, known presence in the areas of policy and advocacy in Pennsylvania. We welcome the opportunity to work with your organization to build a strong, vibrant coalition that will play a key role in creating asset opportunities for your clients and for families throughout the state. The goal is to create a statewide effort, encompassing a broad range of organizations, focusing on issues including but not limited to:

  • Education: Ensuring access to early education, K-12 education, college savings programs, and adult education, as well as offering financial literacy in schools throughout Pennsylvania
  • Workplace: Giving all workers the opportunity to earn fair compensation through a higher minimum wage, improving opportunities for employment, earnings equity, and microenterprise
  • Banking: Increasing opportunities for building and improving credit, access to banking and other tools and strategies that build assets
  • Housing: Increase opportunities for home ownership and decrease foreclosures;
  • Healthcare: Increase insurance coverage within low income populations

The National Assets and Opportunities Network will be a resource for all organizations involved to access data rich information from across the country and statewide on reported figures such as those in the annual Pennsylvania Scorecard (click here for the 2014 version).

The National Network will also provide the Coalition opportunities to share Pennsylvania outcomes nationwide compared to other states to media outlets as the coming year’s Scorecard is developed.

PathWays PA is planning a statewide online networking meeting on December 2 at 3 PM. We hope you will participate in this webinar and join organizations across the state working together in building opportunities for Pennsylvanians on issues that have national appeal, local impact, and positive results for low-income families.

RSVP to join us or to learn more during our interactive webinar December 2!