Tuesday, May 29, 2012

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: May 29, 2012

Federal Policy Updates 

HELP SUPPORT PAID FAMILY LEAVE 

In the coming weeks, the Senate will consider putting $5 million toward a new State Paid Leave Fund, which President Obama has proposed in his last three budgets. The Fund would help states that want to start paid leave insurance programs for workers and their families.

 Five million dollars might not sound like a lot — especially when you consider the size of our multi-trillion-dollar federal budget — but these funds are critically important and could really help build momentum in the states.

We all know how important it is for families to have access to paid leave when illness strikes or babies come, and that’s why we need you to contact your senators today.

Please urge your Senators to contact their colleagues on the Labor-HHS Appropriations subcommittee and voice their support for the State Paid Leave Fund.

From our friends at the National Partnership for Women and Families

SUPPORT THE PREGNANT WORKERS FAIRNESS ACT 

Thousands of pregnant women everyday are forced to choose between losing their jobs (or taking unpaid leave) and endangering their pregnancies, when just a few small workplace accommodations are usually all that's needed. Because of a gap opened between discrimination laws and disability laws by court decisions, some employers are refusing to accommodate even simple requests that help workers maintain a healthy pregnancy (see fact sheet here).

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act was just introduced in the House of Representatives to close these loopholes. To ensure this bill gets off to a strong start, we need as many Representatives to co-sponsor it as possible.

Will you take 3 minutes to call your Representative and ask them to co-sponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act? Calling is easy to do:
  1. Call (202) 224-3121. 
  2. Tell the operator who answers the phone the name of your Representative (Not sure? Look it up here). 
  3. Once you are connected to the office of your Representative, tell the staff person who answers your name, that you are a constituent from (city, state), and say: "I'm calling to ask you to co-sponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. It's time to close the pregnancy loophole and ensure that pregnant women are treated fairly on the job." 
For more information please visit the National Women's Law Center.
 

State Policy Updates 

PLEASE HELP US END HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN PENNSYLVANIA! 

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery, which overwhelmingly impacts women and girls. It is the fastest growing crime in the world and is a crisis taking place right here in Pennsylvania.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline Notification Act (HB 235) is a bill that would assist victims of human trafficking by requiring key establishments to post the toll-free 24-hour hotline number so victims can call for help. The posting of the hotline will provide access to help for victims and act as an outlet for tipsters. Identifying victims and providing a centralized venue for reporting tips is the key to enforcing the law and uncovering this hidden crime.

Please take a moment right now to call your State Representative and urge him/her to vote YES to House Bill 235. You can find out who your Representative is here

Here is a sample call script to use: My name is ________ and I live in your district. I am calling to ask Representative __________ to vote in favor of HB 235. This important bill would help end human trafficking in Pennsylvania and assist victims of this horrific crime by requiring the 24-hour hotline to be posted in certain establishments so victims can call for help. Can I count on Representative ___________ to vote in favor of this life-saving legislation? Thank you for your time and consideration. 

Information and Events 

BIRTH CERTIFICATE CLINIC 

The Homeless Advocacy Project (a Vote for Homes Coalition member) and PECO present a free Birth Certificate Clinic.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 WHERE: Project H.O.M.E., 1515 Fairmount Avenue (Backspace) Philadelphia, PA 19130

This event is open and free of charge to homeless individuals and families and those at risk of homelessness.

Birth certificates are often needed to receive medical assistance, housing and other public benefits, to obtain a Pennsylvania driver’s or nondriver’s license, for access to many public buildings, for general identification and for many other purposes. They are even more critical now to preserve your right to vote.

Homeless individuals who attend this free clinic will meet with an advocate who will request birth certificates for them and their minor children free of charge.

For additional information, please contact Homeless Advocacy Project at 215-523-9595 or visit www.homelessadvocacyproject.org

WOMEN VETERANS FORUM AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY 

The Forum Theme is HER STORY: "She Wore Her Boots with Pride". This is a one day forum honoring women who have served and providing military and veteran women an opportunity to have real conversations about the challenges and issues they have experienced while serving and upon returning home to civilian life.

WHEN: Friday, June, 1, 2012 - 8:30am - 3:30pm

WHERE: Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center, Room 202 1755 N. 13th Street Philadelphia PA

This event is FREE and registration is required. Seats are limited. Register today at http://womenveteransforum.eventbrite.com!

FIGHT THE BUDGET CUT! HELP SAVE GENERAL ASSISTANCE 

There will be a meeting to discuss the cuts in the Pennsylvania and ideas to help save General Assistance.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00
WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware

Because of ours and others efforts millions of dollars will be put back in the State's Budget. The greater our efforts now that we have begun to win, the more we will be able to save. If you would like more information about the event please email Lance Haver (Lance.Haver@Yahoo.com).

CAMP LAUNCHED TO HELP CHILDREN AFFECTED BY FAMILY ADDICTION 

The Moyer Foundation has partnered with Penn Foundation to launch Camp Mariposa, a free overnight weekend camp for youth ages 9 through 12 who are living with addiction in their families.

This safe and caring environment gives campers the freedom to talk about substance abuse in their family without the fear of being judged and most importantly, assures them that they are not alone.

The first session of Camp Mariposa Pennsylvania, located in Quarketwon, will be held June 22-24, with camps held every other month to help provide ongoing and consistent education and support. Camp will be staffed by Penn Foundation mental health and substance abuse professionals, and trained volunteers, who will provide education, counseling, and support in a fun, traditional camp setting.

Campers will have opportunities to learn about the disease of addiction and its impact on the family, techniques for coping with a loved one’s addiction, tips for prevention, and available resources that they can turn to for help. Campers will also be able to participate in selected organized activities such as volleyball, basketball, swimming, canoeing, paddle boating, and an obstacle course that includes high and low ropes, zip line, climbing tower, and giant swing.

For more information about Camp Mariposa Pennsylvania, contact Michele Barnes, Project Coordinator, at (215) 257-9999 ext. 100 or mbarnes@pennfoundation.org or visit http://www.PennFoundation.org. For more information about The Moyer Foundation, visit http://www.moyerfoundation.org or call the Philadelphia office at (267) 687-7724.

Friday, May 25, 2012

What Women Gain from the ACA

As the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act draws closer we wanted to remind you of some of the things women stand to gain from the ACA as highlighted by the Center for American Progress.

1. The ACA guarantees coverage of preventive services with no cost sharing. Under the health reform law, insurers are now required to cover recommended preventive services such as mammograms, Pap smears, and well-baby care without cost sharing. More than 45 million women have already taken advantage of these services. And starting this August more services, including contraception, gestational diabetes screening, and breastfeeding supports, will be added to the list of preventive care that must be covered at no additional cost.

2. Maternity care will be required in new insurance plans. Once is fully implemented in 2014, about 8.7 million women will have guaranteed access to maternity care in all new individual and small group plans.

3. Women will no longer be denied insurance coverage for gender-related reasons. No longer can insurance companies deny a woman coverage for having a Cesarean section or being a survivor of domestic violence, both of which they currently can considered a pre-existing condition.

4. Women will no longer be charged more for their insurance coverage just for being women. As of 2014, however, under the Affordable Care Act, gender rating will become illegal in all new individual and small group plans.

5. Women have more control over their health care. Thanks to provisions already in place under the ACA women no longer need a referral to see their obstetrician-gynecologist. They also will be able to choose their primary care physician and their child’s pediatrician from their plan’s list of participating providers.

6. Women will gain better access to affordable health insurance. Starting in 2014 women and their families, as well as small businesses, will receive tax credits on an income-based sliding scale to help purchase insurance coverage. The health law also eliminates Medicaid’s categorical requirements, so that low-income women who meet the income requirements can be enrolled even if they have no children and are not pregnant.

7. Insurance companies can no longer place limits on the amount of money they’ll spend on covered medical expenses. Under the ACA lifetime coverage caps have been eliminated and annual limits are being phased out. Approximately 39.5 million women have already benefited from the ban on lifetime caps.

8. Women and their families benefit from critical consumer protections. The ACA has already eliminated the practice of “rescission,” when an insurance policy ends the moment a beneficiary gets sick. The health law also requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on actually providing health care, as opposed to administrative costs, or pay enrollees a rebate.

 9. Women in marginalized communities are seeing reforms that respond to their needs. The ACA is making critical strides in providing vulnerable women with quality health care through increased access to insurance coverage, increased funding for community health centers, promoting health literacy and cultural competency, prohibiting discrimination in the health insurance market, and improving data collection.

10. Mothers have peace of mind, knowing that their children have health insurance. The ACA prohibits insurers from denying coverage to children under age 19 because of pre-existing conditions and adult children can now stay on a parent’s plan up to age 26.

Delco Times: Group asks lawmakers to restore Corbett cuts

Yesterday PathWays PA joined with other advocates outside the Media Court House to urge state legislators to restore some of the devastating cuts that are being proposed.
A group of local residents and advocates called on state legislators to fully restore cuts proposed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the state budget during a news conference outside the Media Courthouse Thursday afternoon.
 “Right now, the ‘pie’ is growing in Pennsylvania,” said Marianne Bellesorte, senior director of policy at PathWays PA, a nonprofit organization that provides services and advocacy for women, children and families in the Greater Philadelphia region. “We are looking at ways to share the pie with people who need it because right now the slices are too small.”

Bellesorte said the “pie” was a comparison for the state’s general fund. She said the general fund “has been increasing beyond projections in recent months, and it is important that the revenue go toward investments in Pennsylvania’s families and Pennsylvania’s future.” 
To read the full article click here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Special Budget Alert - May 23, 2012

There is so much going on right now that we did not want to miss an opportunity to update you even on issues that are not budget related. Please see our recent blog posts on Ending Human Trafficking in Pennsylvania and the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Harrisburg Mar 5 2010 086State Budget Update

In early May, the Pennsylvania Senate approved a 2012-13 budget plan (SB 1466), spending about $500 million more than the Governor proposed. The House is expected to vote on SB 1466 the week of June 4th.

Yesterday the House Appropriates Committee passed SB 1466 out of committee. There is a spend ceiling of $27.6 billion and House members are asked to keep any amendments revenue neutral.

This has upset some members who are seeking amendments based on the findings of the Independent Fiscal Office that there is an additional $300 million the state has access to.

While the Committee would not increase the spend number, it was mentioned that there may be an opportunity to add additional funding on the House floor particularly depending on what is deposited in the Rainy Day Fund.

House members now have until the afternoon of Tuesday, May 29th to prepare “revenue neutral” budget amendments. The full House is expected to consider Senate Bill 1466 on Monday, June 4th.

If you would like to see a budget that takes a balanced approach contact your state legislators today. Ask them for a better budget for Pennsylvania that invests in much-needed programs!


A closer look at SB 1466:
  • Restores $4.1 million to Pre-k Counts;
  • Restores $1.9 million to Head Start;
  • Removes $8.7 million from Child Care beyond the $24.15 million in reductions in Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed FY 12-13 budget. Child care could lose nearly $33 million.
  • Adds $50 million to the Basic Education line for "distressed schools," although the allocation formula was not discussed. Basic Ed would increase to $5.405 billion;
  • Adds back $500,000 to New Choices/New Options.
  • Keeps the Human Services Block Grant but restores half the $168 million in cuts to county human services
  • Keeps the elimination of the General Assistance cash grant program for 68,000 Pennsylvanians.
Flag of PennsylvaniaUpdate on Other Issues Affecting the Budget

Besides the regular wheeling and dealing around the state budget, The Morning Call is reporting other fiscal news regarding unemployment compensation. In addition to owing $3.87 million to the federal government for unemployment, the unemployment trust fund is spending more than it is receiving. To fix this problem, legislators are considering a bill that would deny close to 50,000 people unemployment benefits.

Media PA Delco Courthouse SouthBudget Event: Delaware County Residents to Call on Lawmakers to Restore State Cuts to Schools, Preventative Services

Delaware County residents will call on state lawmakers to fully restore cuts proposed by the Governor to education, cost-effective local services and the General Assistance benefit for low-income people working to achieve independence. Several speakers will address how these cuts directly impact them, and legislators may be on hand to discuss how they are working to restore services.

WHAT: Press Conference with Delaware County residents to discuss impact of state budget cuts

WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Front Steps of Delaware County Courthouse, 201 West Front Street, Media, PA 19063

SPEAKERS

  • Julie Schnepp, an Army veteran and Upper Darby resident who faced homelessness along with her young son when her husband succumbed to drug addiction and left them. Thanks to General Assistance, Julie was able to pay for food and transportation, and was able to find housing.
  • Colleen Kennedy, an active member of the “Save Upper Darby Arts” coalition
  • Marlena Williams, a young mother who found shelter for herself and her two young children in June 2011 with PathWays PA’s Center for Families. Marlena has since found a house for herself and her children. She also began a GED program, but due to a family illness and state budget cuts, she has been unable to finish the program and obtain her GED.
  • Emcee: Marianne Bellesorte, PathWays PA

Cosponsored by PathWays PA, Family and Community Service of Delaware County, and the Southeastern PA Budget Coalition.

Newspapers-20080928Editorials

Newspapers continue to be using their editorial pages to share views on the budget. Here are some more that have come to our inbox:

• Budget Does no Favors to Moms and Kids – Philadelphia Inquirer
Governor Corbett Must Realize Some Cuts Go Too Far – Patriot News
Republican Lawmaker: How Will we be Judged on Budget Cuts? – Patriot News

Women Deserve Equal Pay



In the next few weeks, we expect a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. The vote could come at any moment, so we need you to contact your Senators today. Please tell your Senators to show their support for equal pay by co-sponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act.

What would the Paycheck Fairness Act do? The Paycheck Fairness Act would deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their own wages to co-workers. Without this bill, employers can penalize and even fire employees for talking about their salaries. This egregious practice leaves workers in the dark, preventing them from ever finding out about pay discrimination in the workplace.

Please take 2 minutes to tell your Senators to support equal pay by co-sponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act. The last time the Senate voted on the Paycheck Fairness Act it fell just a few votes short of moving forward.

With a vote expected in the coming weeks, we need to make sure your Senators hear from you now. hanks for taking action today.

From our friends at 9 to 5.

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Please Help Us End Human Trafficking in Pennsylvania!

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery, which overwhelmingly impacts women and girls. It is the fastest growing crime in the world and is a crisis taking place right here in Pennsylvania.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline Notification Act (HB 235) is a bill that would assist victims of human trafficking by requiring key establishments to post the toll-free 24-hour hotline number so victims can call for help. The posting of the hotline will provide access to help for victims and act as an outlet for tipsters. Identifying victims and providing a centralized venue for reporting tips is the key to enforcing the law and uncovering this hidden crime.

House Bill 235 is moving quickly and is expected to be voted on by the full House of Representatives TODAY. We need to act fast to ensure our State Representatives vote in favor of this life-saving bill!

Please take a moment right now to call your State Representative and urge him/her to vote YES to House Bill 235. You can find out who your Representative is here.

Here is a sample call script to use:

My name is ________ and I live in your district. I am calling to ask Representative __________ to vote in favor of HB 235. This important bill would help end human trafficking in Pennsylvania and assist victims of this horrific crime by requiring the 24-hour hotline to be posted in certain establishments so victims can call for help. Can I count on Representative ___________ to vote in favor of this life-saving legislation? Thank you for your time and consideration.

Monday, May 21, 2012

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: May 21, 2012

Federal Policy Updates 

HELP MAKE EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK A REALITY

On April 17th, we honored Equal Pay Day – the day where a women’s salary will equal that of a man’s from the previous year. Now, one month later, we need your help to take action in support of equal pay. 

 In the next few weeks, we expect the Senate to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. The vote could come at any moment, so we need you to contact your Senators today. Ask your Senators to show their support for equal pay by co-sponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act.

While women make up more than half of the workforce and more than 2/3 of them are their families’ principal breadwinners, women still earn on average only 77% of what their male counterparts do. Women need fair wages that will allow them and their families to be economically secure and the legal recourse to ensure they can.

The Paycheck Fairness Act will strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act because it will:
  • Deter wage discrimination by strengthening penalties for equal pay violations; 
  • Prohibit retaliation against workers who ask about employers' wage practices or disclose their own wages; • Empower women to negotiate for equal pay; 
  • Strengthen federal outreach, education and enforcement efforts; 
  • Create stronger incentives for employers to follow the law. 
UPDATE ON THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

Last week we asked you to take action to urge your Representative not to weaken the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). While the bill that passed the Senate extended protections, the House bill that did pass last week rolls back protections as it discourages undocumented immigrant women from reporting abuse without the threat of being deported. It also makes it harder for Native American women to seek justice against their abusers, and it leaves out protections for the LGBT community.

The House bill marks the first time that the VAWA’s protections have been reduced!

Even though the House and Senate have both passed bills, our voices can still be heard! The Senate and House will likely have to reconcile the difference in the bills passed through a Conference Committee.

Please urge your members of Congress to restore provisions that enable survivors to access critical services and resources required to be safe and recover from an experience of violence, leave an abusive situation or be free from violence in a relationship. To find your members, click here or call (202) 224-3121.

SIGN-ON LETTER TO SUPPORT PAID LEAVE

The Senate is planning to mark-up the Labor-HHS Appropriations bill in mid-June, so now is a great time to show your support for the State Paid Leave Fund. This is a small but important program that would support the development of family and medical leave insurance programs in the states.

Join the National Partnership for Women & Families in support of the State Paid Leave Fund by signing the coalition letter. National and state organizations are both encouraged to sign.

What is the State Paid Leave Fund? President Obama's proposed FY 2013 budget includes $5 million to establish a State Paid Leave Fund within the Department of Labor. The Fund would provide competitive grants to states considering paid leave programs. Grant funds would be used for critical activities such as program design, research and analysis, stakeholder consultation, actuarial analyses, and development of financing models and benefit structures.

To read and sign on to the letter, click here. The deadline for signing is Friday, June 1st. If you have any questions email Marion Johnson at mjohnson@nationalpartnership.org or Rachel Lyons at rlyons@nationalpartnership.org.

Individuals are also welcome to send they own letters to your Senators. Feel free to use information from the updated National Partnership State Paid Leave Fund Fact Sheet.

State Policy Updates 

HELP SUPPORT THE FOSTERING CONNECTIONS TO SUCCESS AND INCREASING ADOPTION ACT

In Pennsylvania, nearly 45 percent of children in foster care are ages 13 or older. Research shows that these youth are more likely than their peers to drop out of high school, experience homelessness or battle mental health challenges. Teens who receive the ongoing support of an adult often experience improvements in these areas, but unfortunately, teens are far less likely to be adopted than younger children. Of the more than 2,300 children adopted from foster care in Pennsylvania in 2010, only 9 percent were ages 13 or older.

The Governor’s proposed state budget includes a call for full implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, a federal law designed to help older teens in foster care as they transition to adulthood. As state lawmakers negotiate a final budget for the coming fiscal year, it is critical they include full implementation of Fostering Connections so more teens can join permanent families or receive the extended support they need to land on their feet.

If you are a resource families can join in these efforts by clicking here. Individuals authorized to speak on behalf of their organizations can join by clicking here.

If you would like more information and to find other ways to be involved and take action join PPC's PA-Child Advocacy Network

From our friend at the Pennsylvania Partnership for Children.

Information and Events 

WOMEN VETERANS TWITTER TOWN HALL

In recognition of Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day the U.S. Department of Labor’s will be hosting a Women Veterans Twitter Town Hall.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 12 noon (EDT)

To join, you can send the Women’s Bureau your questions by e-mail to womensbureaunetwork@dol.gov before Monday, May 21 by 3 p.m. EDT or follow @USDOL. You can tweet questions in advance and throughout the event using hashtag #VetsTownHall.

This event is hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, Employment and Training Administration. There will also be special guests from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, John 14:2, Inc., Women Veterans Interactive, and Business and Professional Women’s Foundation.

For more information contact the U.S. Department of Labor - Women's at 202.693.6710 or visit them online at www.dol.gov/wb/.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS!

We wanted to share this message from our friends at the Philadelphia Unemployment Project. Please feel free to share it with the women in your life. 

If you haven't had a mammogram yet and don't have health insurance, you may qualify for a free one. To find out if you qualify, contact Leslie at the Philadelphia Unemployment Project. Leslie is a volunteer who is trained in mammogram referrals and will help you get your free mammogram.

Call 215-557-0822 ext. 114 on Wednesdays and ask for Leslie or email her any day at lmeyerson@philaup.org.

Don't put this off any longer! Over 12,000 women in Pennsylvania are diagnosed each year with breast cancer. If it's found early, the five-year survival rate is 98%. This can save your life.

If you would like to volunteer to help women get access to free mammogram, let Leslie know.

WOMEN’ LAW PROJECT RELEASES A NEW REPORT

The Women’s Law Project (WLP) recently released a new report, Through the Lens of Equality: Eliminating Sex Bias to Improve the Health of Pennsylvania’s Women, linking sex bias to adverse health outcomes in women.

Through the Lens of Equality examines the health impact of sexual and intimate partner violence, caregiving responsibilities, poverty, and bias in the workplace, school, and health care. The report delves into the politicization of women’s reproductive health care and shows how women are harmed by limited access to abortion, contraception, and maternity care. It repeatedly points to the importance of implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to expand access to better health care for women, while acknowledging the ACA’s serious gaps, including not mandating abortion coverage.

To learn more about this report and the work of the Women's Law Project, visit www.womenslawproject.org.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Great News! Equal Pay for Equal Work Might be a Reality Soon!

We just received great news from MomsRising!

Just weeks after Equal Pay Day, when thousands of women spoke out for equal pay for equal work, soon the U.S. Senate will likely bring the Paycheck Fairness Act up for a vote!

Even though the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, the fact is that in 2012 women are still paid less than men are for doing the same job. The U.S. Census found that women who worked full-time, year-round on average still made 23 cents less for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.

The Paycheck Fairness Act will strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act because it will:
  • Deter wage discrimination by strengthening penalties for equal pay violations; 
  • Prohibit retaliation against workers who ask about employers' wage practices or disclose their own wages; 
  • Empower women to negotiate for equal pay; 
  • Strengthen federal outreach, education and enforcement efforts; 
  • Create stronger incentives for employers to follow the law. 
What can you do? Use MomsRising’s tool to send a message to your Senators urging them to vote yes on the Paycheck Fairness Act!

Update on the Violence Against Women Act

Earlier this week we asked you to take action to urge your Representative not to weaken the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). While the bill that passed the Senate extended protections, the House bill that did pass yesterday rolls back protections as it discourages undocumented immigrant women from reporting abuse without the threat of being deported. It also makes it harder for Native American women to seek justice against their abusers, and it leaves out protections for the LGBT community.

The House bill marks the first time that the VAWA’s protections have been reduced!

Even though the House and Senate have both passed bills, our voices can still be heard! The Senate and House will likely have to reconcile the difference in the bills passed through a Conference Committee.

Please urge your Congresspeople to restore provisions that enable survivors to access critical services and resources required to be safe and recover from an experience of violence, leave an abusive situation or be free from violence in a relationship. To find your representative, click here or call (202) 224-3121.

End Discrimination Against Women.

Did you know that in Pennsylvania it's legal to charge women more than men for health care?? 

Health insurance companies say it's because women can have babies, but a woman is likely to be charged discriminatory rates throughout her entire life. And in Pennsylvania, health insurance companies are not required to cover pregnancy.

The new health care law ends this and bans insurance companies from counting pregnancy as a 'pre-existing condition.' But, those protections don't go into place until 2014.

Women can't wait! Sign the petition. Tell your legislators to give these protections to Pennsylvania women now.

Whatever the Supreme Court decides, women in Pennsylvania deserve these protections!

Join PHAN’s Tuesday Night Policy Call Series on June 5th at 6:00 to find out the latest around legislation in Pennsylvania to do just this! This call will feature Erin Cusack of Maternity Care Coalition. RSVP here.

From our friends at the Pennsylvania Health Access Network.

Taking Steps Towards Self-Sufficiency in Erie

We were very proud to read this morning that the United Way of Erie County will be announcing a goal of
"significantly reducing the number of Erie County households living below a self-sufficiency benchmark calculated by PathWays PA, a state nonprofit organization.

The self-sufficiency standard takes into account categories such as food, housing and utilities, transportation, child care, health-care costs, and miscellaneous items like clothing, medications and other basic needs.

According to PathWays PA, the self-sufficiency mark in Erie County for a family of four is $53,077, more than two times the federal poverty rate of $22,050."
When we last calculated how many families lived below the Self-Sufficiency Standard (in 2009), we learned that 30,000 families in Erie County alone were below the Standard.

To see the Standard in your county, please visit http://pathwayspa.org/10-11_SS_Standard.pdf.  To see how many people live above and below the Standard, please visit http://pathwayspa.org/PW_Over_Under_lo_res.pdf.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Senate To Vote on Budget Proposals Today!

 Remember last week, when the House voted (and passed) a budget that cut Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), education, housing, environmental funding, etc.- all while cutting approximately $10 Trillion in taxes over 10 years?

Today is the Senate's turn - which means that it is your turn to let the Senate know how you feel about the budget bill.

The bill passed by the House of Representatives will over a decade, cut $5.3 trillion from almost every domestic program, including Medicaid, SNAP/food stamps, the Affordable Care Act, education, environment, child care, housing, and more. About two-thirds of the cuts hit low-income people hard. It would permanently strangle the ability of Medicaid and SNAP to respond to economic slumps by turning these programs into block grants with restricted funding. It proposes substantial cuts to Medicare that would kick in after the first ten years.

If you think these programs need to be a priority, take a minute and tell your Senators you want them to vote no on the House budget.

You can also show your Representative you were paying attention to the House's vote last week to pass the Sequester Replacement Act of 2012 (H.R. 5652). The Coalition on Human Needs has complied how each Representative voted and have drafted emails thanking those who voted no and expressing disappointment to those who voted in favor.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Don’t Let the Violence Against Women Act Be Weakened

The US House of Representatives is expected to vote on its version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act this week, as early as tomorrow. The House version (H.R. 4970) will weaken many vital improvements contained in the recently passed Senate VAWA bill (S. 1925) and in turn will have distinct negative impacts on the ability of many survivors to be safe and economically secure.

The Violence Against Women Act must be responsive to the needs of all survivors, especially regarding the economic issues that are critical to ensuring a survivor’s physical safety and independence. After spending years consulting with advocates and experts in the field, S. 1925 was designed to responsibly consolidate duplicative programs while increasing the safety of previously underserved and more vulnerable populations: Native women, immigrants and the LGBT community. These populations, targeted for exclusion from the House bill, face distinct barriers to achieving economic security and unique challenges as victims of domestic or sexual violence.

VAWA is essential to the safety of survivors and must be reauthorized and reinforced to ensure that all survivors of violence are protected equally.

Please call and urge your Representative to pass a bill that includes the critical Senate provisions that support Tribal, immigrant and LGBT survivors. You can also use the AAUW Two-Minute Activist tool to send a message to your Representative. Together, our voices and advocacy can help to promote the economic security of all survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking.

From our friends at Wider Opportunities for Women and AAUW

Better Choices Webinar: How to Talk to Legislators about Revenue

You don't have to be a budget expert to talk with legislators.

WHEN: Thursday, May 17th from 10:00 to 11:00

Join Sharon Ward for a webinar on how to successfully make the case to legislators that the state has the resources to adequately fund services for children, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, and families and communities struggling with the impacts of the recession.
  • Get the facts on the state's  revenue picture, and viable options for bringing in new streams of sustainable revenue (some of which the Governor himself is promoting) 
  • Learn messaging tips to make your case succinctly and effectively 
  • Talk about how to field common responses from legislators 
There will be plenty of opportunities for questions, sharing your own experiences, and individual troubleshooting.

To join call conference line number: (760) 569-7676 and enter the code: 453547. Please be sure to RSVP.

From our friend at the Better Choices for Pennsylvania Coalition.

Monday, May 14, 2012

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: May 14, 2012

PathWays PA hope that all moms had a Happy Mother’s Day! Enjoy this Mother’s Day Fantasy Video put together by MomsRising

Federal Policy Updates

HOUSE PASSES LEGISLATION CUTTING FOOD STAMPS AND MEDICAID

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5652, the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act. The bill would replace the automatic defense cuts scheduled to go into effect beginning in January, 2013 under sequestration with $72 billion in cuts in the coming year to non-defense programs.

Specifically, the legislation would cut almost $8 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, in the first year while restricting eligibility for the program and repealing the enhanced benefits enacted under the 2009 stimulus bill. It would also cut billions from Medicaid by repealing the maintenance of effort protections in the Affordable Care Act, which have ensured states keep coverage and eligibility attainable for children, and eliminating the incentive program that rewards states for increasing enrollment for eligible children.

If you do not support these cuts contact your members of Congress today.

From our friends at CWLA

HELP SAVE THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY

The American Community Survey is a U.S. Census Bureau survey instrument. It was designed, with Congressional approval, to replace the "long form" of the decennial Census. Its sample is about 3 million, large enough to get reliable information at the local as well as state level about income and poverty, housing, health insurance, transportation, education and employment, etc. It is also used by businesses and local governments for many planning decisions.

As part of an appropriations bill approved by the House on Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to ELIMINATE the entire American Community Survey and to cut the Census Bureau budget by about $100 million. The Senate version of this bill is expected to reach the Senate floor next week. Read about the impact of these cuts.

The Coalition on Human Needs is urging organizations to sign a letter to encourage the Senate to continue the American Community Survey. To sign the letter, email Brendan Nichols at bnichols@ccmc.org.

This letter has been drafted by The Census Project, a group of advocacy, policy, research, and other expert groups concerned with preserving and improving Census data.

WARNING: GETTING PREGNANT MAY GET YOU FIRED!

In 2012, getting pregnant can still cost you your job. Because of loopholes between discrimination and disability laws, employers are refusing to accommodate even simple requests that help workers maintain a healthy pregnancy.

Here are three startling examples of women who were fired for doing what was best for their pregnancies:
  • A retail sales associate in Salina, Kansas was fired for drinking water while working because it violated store policy. 
  • A nursing home activities director in Valparaiso, Indiana lost her job because she could no longer lift heavy tables, an activity that took up less than 10 minutes of her workday and with which her coworkers routinely volunteered to assist. 
  • A pregnant truck driver in Tennessee was instructed by her obstetrician not to lift more than 20 pounds and sought light duty work. Her employer terminated her, as it made such modifications only to those injured on the job. 
Sounds crazy, right? Unfortunately, thousands of pregnant women are forced to choose between losing their jobs (or taking unpaid leave) and endangering their pregnancies, when just a few small workplace accommodations are all that's needed. We can do better for pregnant workers.

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would promote nondiscrimination by ensuring that pregnant workers are not forced out of their jobs unnecessarily or denied reasonable job modifications that would allow them to continue working and supporting their families.

Call your Representative today at 202-224-3121 and ask him or her to co-sponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act!

State Policy Updates 

HELP INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP TAX CREDIT BILL (SB 1460) PASS FULL SENATE

On Wednesday, May 10, the Senate's Finance Committee reported SB 1460, the Industry Partnership Tax Credit legislation. That bill will now be placed on the Senate's Voting Calendar and can be voted upon pending the approval of the Republican Senate Leadership. We need your help in convincing Senators to move this legislation and pass it on to the House of Representatives.

Please take a moment to visit www.workforcepa.com for more information or to send an email or letter of support for SB 1460 to your senator. As efforts are focused on obtaining additional funding for IP Training Activities in the General Fund Budget, we must also continue to advocate for a long term solution for dedicated funding for Industry Partnerships.

 Information & Events 

HELP PUT CHILD CARE ON THE MAP

It is important or families to have access to good, reliable, high-quality child care. Child care is early learning, and a crucial support for working parents -- access to quality and affordable child care is critical to break the cycle of poverty. The federal government plays a huge role in child care policy and funding and child care needs to be front and center for all members of Congress.

 Please join the campaign to "Put Child Care on the Map", and a special campaign kickoff call on May 17 at 2 pm ET -- register here.

There is a lot of ground to cover this year to make sure every member of Congress hears about child care in their community: everything from the early learning opportunities to the employers who count on staff to come every day; from subsidy assistance to tax credits to dollars to improve quality.

Members of Congress will be in their state and district offices many times in the coming months. Check out this schedule of Congressional Recess periods.

While they’re in town, you can put child care on the map:
  •  Schedule a meeting in the district office with the legislator or staff person – bring a parent, a child care provider, or a local employer/business leader to the meeting. say this can influence a representative’s/senator’s decision. 
  • Attend a town hall meeting or candidate appearance and ask a question about child care when they’re talking about jobs or education or families.  See these tips online.
  • Host your Member of Congress to visit a local child care program.
  • Write a letter to the editor of the local paper using the online alert
After you’ve put child care on the map for your member of Congress, put it on the online map!

From RESULTS and National Women's Law Center. 

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY MEETINGS

In April, the School District of Philadelphia released its 2012-2013 proposed Operating Budget, and five-year plan: A Blueprint for Transforming Philadelphia’s Public Schools. It is now the goal of District leadership, as well as the SRC to engage the community to learn more, ask questions, and share feedback. The District is hosting meetings for parents, students, and community members. All parents and community members are encouraged to attend these meetings to learn more about the proposals and the reasons behind them. A list of the remaining meeting dates and locations can be found below:
  • Northeast High School 1601 Cottman Ave. Tuesday, May 15, 2012 6:00-8:00pm 
  • Girls High School 1400 W. Olney Ave. Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:00-8:00pm 
To learn more visit http://www.philasd.org/sdptransformation, or email questions to sdptransformation@philasd.org.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Warning: Getting Pregnant May Get You Fired!

From our friends at 9 to 5.

In 2012, getting pregnant can still cost you your job. Because of loopholes between discrimination and disability laws, employers are refusing to accommodate even simple requests that help workers maintain a healthy pregnancy.

Here are three startling examples of women who were fired for doing what was best for their pregnancies: 
  • A retail sales associate in Salina, Kansas was fired for drinking water while working because it violated store policy. 
  • A nursing home activities director in Valparaiso, Indiana lost her job because she could no longer lift heavy tables, an activity that took up less than 10 minutes of her workday and with which her coworkers routinely volunteered to assist. 
  • A pregnant truck driver in Tennessee was instructed by her obstetrician not to lift more than 20 pounds and sought light duty work. Her employer terminated her, as it made such modifications only to those injured on the job. 
Sounds crazy, right? Unfortunately, thousands of pregnant women are forced to choose between losing their jobs (or taking unpaid leave) and endangering their pregnancies, when just a few small workplace accommodations are all that's needed. We can do better for pregnant workers.

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would promote nondiscrimination by ensuring that pregnant workers are not forced out of their jobs unnecessarily or denied reasonable job modifications that would allow them to continue working and supporting their families.


Call your Representative today at 202-224-3121 and ask him or her to co-sponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

PathWays PA Budget Alert - May 9, 2012

State Update

This week, the Pennsylvania Senate released its numbers on the state budget.  In their version, the Senate restores $500 million in funding, including restoring funding for Pennsylvania's colleges to its current levels.

In addition to adding higher education funding, the Senate chose to increase funding in certain health and health-related departments such as Epilepsy, Tourette's Syndrome, Autism, and various MA related programs,

While overall funding increased, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that attempts "to put in another $250 million for social services, child-care services, and a temporary cash assistance program for poor and disabled adults failed."  According to the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, the Senate budget increases spending while continuing a proposed tax cut and cutting a proposed cap on the sales tax vendor discount.


In other budget news, Senate Bill 1433, which would primarily fund HEMAP, passed unanimously in the Senate today.





House of RepresentativesFederal Update

Tomorrow, a vote is expected in the House on a budget including cuts to nutrition, health care, and other social services.

Some examples of cuts include:
  • All 46 million people receiving food stamps (SNAP) will see their monthly assistance reduced; 2 million will be denied SNAP help altogether.
  • 280,000 low-income children will not get free school meals.
  • Millions of people will lose Medicaid services.
  • 350,000 will go without subsidies to help pay their health insurance premiums.
  • Hundreds of thousands of abused or neglected children and seniors will go without essential care and protection. 
Click here for more information about these cuts.

These ten years of cuts have been proposed in a budget procedure called "reconciliation." Reconciliation was mandated after the Super Committee and Congress failed to come to an agreement on the budget last year. This House bill avoids cuts in the Pentagon budget (about $55 billion).

There is still time to take action.  If you oppose these cuts, please use the Coalition on Human Needs email service.

Eliminating Social Services Block Grant Would Weaken Services

According to CWLA, a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report called Eliminating Social Services Block Grant Would Weaken Services for Vulnerable Children, Adults, and Disabled, found that eliminating the SSBG would likely reduce critical services for populations with unique needs. In particular the report notes that eliminating the block grant could create significant service gaps for children who have experienced or are at risk of abuse or neglect.

12-03-01-axel-springer-by-RalfR-17Editorials Across the State Regarding the Budget

Over the past two weeks, newspapers have been using their editorial pages to share views on the budget. Here are some of the ones that have come to our inbox:

Join Maternity Care Coalition Friday to Ensure Maternity Coverage For All

This Mother's Day, tell you legislators to insure all Pennsylvania's mothers.

Health insurance is absolutely critical to ensuring healthy births. Yet in Pennsylvania, maternity care does not need to be included in individual and small group health plans. Important legislation -- SB 1063 and HB 1957 -- will expand pregnant women's access to insurance in our state and guarantee that pregnancy can no longer be considered a pre-existing condition by insurance companies.

Join Maternity Care Coalition for a Virtual Mother's Day Campaign on Friday, May 11th and tell the Pennsylvania legislature that maternity coverage should be in ALL Pennsylvania health insurance plans! Here's what you can do:
Don't forget to mention @mccpolicy and use the hashtag #InsureMothersNow.

Watch Stephanie share her story:



Tuesday, May 8, 2012

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: May 7, 2010

SUPPORT EARNED SICK DAYS IN PHILADELPHIA

The common cold. Chicken pox. The stomach flu.

Besides making you sick and risking your health, these illnesses have something else in common: they could make you lose your job.

In Philadelphia, over 200,000 workers have no access to earned sick days when they or their family members come down with an illness. Whether a child is running a fever or a waitress has been hit by a truck door on her way to work, the choice for these employees is the same: to either put someone's health at risk or to jeopardize their own economic security.

But there is a solution. Cities across the country have passed bills ensuring that all workers have the ability to earn sick days on the job. Giving access to earned sick days:
Where do you come in? Sign this petition in support of earned sick days legislation in Philadelphia. Then, visit earnedsickdaysphilly.com to learn how you can take a stand for earned sick days that are fair to everyone.


Federal Policy Update 

HELP STOP CUT TO HEALTH CARE, FOOD AND OTHER VITAL PROGRAMS

The House will vote on a package that includes $261 billion in cuts over 10 years. Some examples of cuts include:
  • All 46 million people receiving food stamps (SNAP) will see their monthly assistance reduced; 2 million will be denied SNAP help altogether. 
  • 280,000 low-income children will not get free school meals. 
  • Millions of people will lose Medicaid services. 
  • 350,000 will go without subsidies to help pay their health insurance premiums. 
  • Hundreds of thousands of abused or neglected children and seniors will go without essential care and protection. 
Click here for more information about these cuts.

These ten years of cuts have been proposed in a budget procedure called "reconciliation." Reconciliation was mandated after the Super Committee and Congress failed to come to an agreement on the budget last year. This House bill avoids cuts in the Pentagon budget (about $55 billion).

Please email your Representative and urge him or her to protect vital programs.

THIS MOTHER’S DAY MOMS NEED PAID SICK DAYS

Nearly 80% of low-wage workers—and nearly 40% of private sector workers--don’t have access to a single paid sick day. What are they supposed to do when they land in the ER and are faced with losing a day’s pay, or possibly even their jobs, because they’re hurt or sick and can’t go to work? Talk about painful. You can help by adding your name to MomsRising’s petition calling on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act.

The Healthy Families Act (H.R. 1876, S. 984) would set an important national standard for paid sick days. Its passage would be a critical step toward meeting the health and financial needs of working families. The Healthy Families Act would:
  • Allow workers in businesses with 15 or more employees to earn up to seven job protected paid sick days each year to be used to recover from their own illness, access preventive care, or provide care for a sick family member. 
  • Allow workers who are victims of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault to use their paid sick days to recover or seek assistance related to an incident 
  • Include a simple method for calculating accrued sick time. Workers would earn a minimum of one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 56 hours (seven days) per year, unless the employer selects a higher limit. 
  • Allow employers to require certification if an employee uses more than three paid sick days in a row. For victims of domestic violence, the certification may be from a law enforcement officer or victim advocate 
  • Allow employers to continue using their existing policies, as long as they meet the minimums set forth in the Healthy Families Act (for time, types of use, and method of use) 
 So forget flowers. For Mother's Day, help moms across America get paid sick days by urging Congress to support the Healthy Families Act.

State Policy Updates 

SUPPORT ADVOCATES IN HARRISBURG TODAY

Right now people from all over Pennsylvania with the PA Cares for All Coalition calling on state legislators to restore funding for critically needed programs for vulnerable citizens, including General Assistance, health care, and human services programs.

The current proposed State budget will eliminate General Assistance that goes to:
  • Support orphaned and abandoned children.
  • Help victims of domestic violence to escape their abuser. 
  • Help those afflicted with a serious medical condition like cancer, a stroke, or an addiction. 
  • Help for those waiting to be approved for Social Security disability 
In addition, according to the Coalition, the proposed State budget would cut human services funding by 20%, defund HEMAP (the loan program that helps the unemployed save their homes from foreclosures), and make it harder for seniors, disabled persons, and the unemployed to get food stamps.

If you couldn’t make it to Harrisburg today and want to support those who are, send a message to your state legislators and urge them to fund critical programs needed for vulnerable citizens.

KEEP PREDATORY PAYDAY LOANS OUT OF PA

Payday loans are an abusive form of lending that traps borrowers into a long-term cycle of debt at rates of 300% annual interest and higher. Triple-digit interest payday loans have long been illegal in Pennsylvania, whether made at storefronts or online.

But now out-of-state payday lenders like Cash America and Check N' Go are lobbying to legalize predatory payday loans in Pennsylvania.

HB 2191 would roll back our existing consumer protections and allow predatory payday loans carrying rates of 300% or higher. The bill permits a product that is a debt trap by design—it does NOT protect consumers. In states that allow payday loans at 300% interest or more – just as HB 2191 seeks to do, the typical borrower is trapped in debt for over 200 days of the year.

We must stop HB 2191 from becoming law.  Take action now to keep predatory payday lenders from flooding our communities. 

For more information, check out www.stoppaydayloanspa.com 

Information and Events

MAY IS FOSTER CARE AWARENESS MONTH

May is National Foster Care Month. A variety of resources are available to learn more about helping children and youth in care. At fostercaremonth.org you can learn about foster care and nationwide events occurring throughout the month under the mission of “Changing a Lifetime.” The Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids also have resources for raising awareness throughout May.

To raise awareness about the importance of connections for children and youth in foster care, each day in May, the Children Welfare League of America (CWLA) will post on their Facebook page a photo and brief bio of a person who has been touched by or works in foster care services. Please feel free to repost the bios and help shine a light on children in foster care who need the healing power of connections to ensure their resilience and healthy development.

SOFT SKILLS TO PAY THE BILLS — MASTERING SOFT SKILLS FOR WORKPLACE SUCCESS

The United States Department of Labor is hosting the "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success." This is a curriculum developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities.

Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

For more information visit: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/.

JEVS CAREER GATEWAY

JEVS Human Services of Philadelphia has developed a customized online tool for job seekers in the State of Pennsylvania. Finding a job involves many components. The Career Gateway Job Seekers Guide is a free resource that provides users with a step-by-step process to assist with career management, self-assessment, care exploration, goal setting, assistance researching and locating educational programs and financial aid, as well as to provide tips and exercises to assist with networking and interview preparation.

For more information visit: http://www.gatewaytocareers.com/.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE FORUMS

POWER will conduct a series of Economic Justice Forums throughout the city in June. Click below to register:
 POWER will seek commitments from City Councilmembers to work to increase access to, quality of, and living wages for jobs to be created by the $6 Billion Airport Expansion project and other publicly-subsidized projects and contracts in Philadelphia. They also plan to lift up other job growth opportunities in our city and to call on city leaders to help expand access to those opportunities for our communities. Several City Councilmembers are confirmed to attend these Forums and all are being invited. For more information and updates, visit our website or Facebook page.

THE ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS PACKAGE W. ANTOINETTE KRAUS OF PHAN PHAN's

Tuesday Night Policy Call Series continues tomorrow with our their Antoinette Kraus on the line to talk about the essential health benefits package. How comprehensive will health care coverage be in Pennsylvania? That will depend largely on how our essential health benefits package is designed. Join the call to learn more!

WHEN: Tuesday, May 8th from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

RSVP here

Anyone can join these calls! PHAN always begin with a quick overview and leaves time for questions. Just RSVP here to receive an email the number and passcode to join the call.

HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY JANET NAPOLITANO ON DHS EFFORTS TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Please join the Center for American Progress for a special presentation: 

WHEN: May 9, 2012, 10:00am – 11:00am
RSVP to attend this event or Watch Live Online

Secretary Napolitano will participate in a special conversation at the Center for American Progress with CAP President Neera Tanden, as part of our Women’s Leadership Series. She will reflect on her career in law enforcement and public service and what she sees as the challenges and opportunities facing our next generation of leadership in homeland security.

Her long career in law enforcement – as a U.S. Attorney, state attorney general, governor, and now as Secretary of Homeland Security –is reflected in the Department of Homeland Security’s wide-ranging responsibilities. Importantly, it is mirrored in current efforts to combat human trafficking. Every year, men, women, and children are exploited in our country for commercial sex or forced labor. DHS works with other federal agencies and law enforcement partners across the country and around the world to combat this crime and bring traffickers to justice.

For more information, call 202-682-1611.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Support Self-Sufficiency for Homeless Women and Families!

PathWays PA has been caring for homeless women and children for 34 years. With the recent budget cuts this service is being threatened. Help us care for these women and their children by making a donation today. Between now and June 30th, we need to raise $20,000 to continue to provide safe and stable living conditions for these families!


PathWays PA helps over 6,000 low-income women, teens, children and families achieve economic self-sufficiency and family well-being. Our homeless shelters provide clients with an opportunity to avoid foster care placement for their children by providing families with a stable living environment—sometimes for the first time in their lives. Many of the women and children who reside in our residential programs lack basic living essentials, such as food, clothing, shelter, furniture, personal hygiene items, and school supplies.

Your gift could transform the lives of these families. Here are some of the ways that your donation can be used:

  • $50 can provide a case of disposable diapers for a homeless baby
  • $100 can provide a high chair for a child
  • $250 can provide a crib for a homeless baby
  • $300 can provide a bed for a mother or child
  • $500 can provide food for a mother & 2 children for 1 month
  • $1,000 can provide food for a mother & 4 children for 1 month
  • $1,500 can provide food and beds for a mother & 3 children
  • $5,000 can provide food for a mother & child for 1 year

Please send your tax deductible donation to:
PathWays PA - Attn: Development, 310 Amosland Road, Holmes, PA 19043
or give online at our Just Give site.