Ending Poverty, Homelessness, and Abuse

History & Overview

Our Mission

PathWays PA was founded in 1978 as the Women’s Association for Women’s Alternatives. It served as one of Pennsylvania’s first residential programs to keep low-income, vulnerable women together with their children and has grown to become one of the Greater Philadelphia Region’s foremost providers of residential and community-based services for women, children and families. Each year nearly 4,300 women, children and families benefit from our full complement of residential and community-based services; job training and employment assistance; as well as self-sufficiency services as they work to break the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and abuse. 

With offices throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and advocacy initiatives on behalf of low-wage workers statewide, PathWays PA provides programs committed to the development of client self-sufficiency which leads to the fulfillment of our mission:

To help women, teens, children and families achieve economic independence and family well-being.

Who We Are

PathWays PA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. In recognition of our service to Pennsylvania, we have received numerous awards, which include Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network Award; Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year; Philadelphia Department of Human Services Children’s Crusader Award; Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Nonprofit of the Year Excellence Award; The Philadelphia Foundation H. Craig Lewis Good Governance Award; The Child Welfare League of America’s Private Agency Advocate of the Year Award; and Center for the Study of Social Policy’s 2017 Accelerating Change Award among countless other citations and recognition from both public and private entities.

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What We Do

PathWays PA has three areas of focus that allow us to continue to fulfill our mission: children and family services; workforce development and self-sufficiency programs; and advocacy. Our children and family services include residential facilities for homeless moms, teen girls and children; community support for pregnant/parenting teen girls; parenting and life skills training; and more. Our residential facilities include consist of a combination of programs for Department of Human Services (DHS)-referred clients; and facilities and programs that serve runaway and homeless youth and do not require a DHS referral. For more information about our child and family programs and services, click here.

Our workforce development and self-sufficiency programs and advocacy efforts include adult education courses and testing; workforce development partnerships; family reunification; financial literacy education; free tax preparation; and policy research and advocacy for low-wage workers statewide.

The majority of these programs are open to the community. To read more about our self-sufficiency programs and services, click here. For more information about our policy and advocacy department, click here.

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