Ending Poverty, Homelessness, and Abuse

Self-Sufficiency & Workforce Development

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.

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:

Adult Education

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 via email or call (610) 543-5022.

Financial Path

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.

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 3:1 match for qualified post-secondary educational programs. Participants can save up to $1,000 and will be matched up to $3,000 by the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, giving the IDA participant a total of $4,000 that they may use for school.

For more information about the Financial Path$ or IDA programs contact Paula via email or call (610) 543-5022

SNAP Application Assistance

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 SNAP program, including potential eligibility contact Emily via email or call (610) 543-5022.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

PathWays PA’s VITA program provides extensive free tax preparation services and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) education and outreach across Philadelphia and Delaware County, with a focus on promoting asset development and financial stability. Free tax preparation is offered through a network of tax sites that operate throughout the tax season. Free tax preparation is offered to individuals and families with an annual household income of up to $55,000. 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.

For more information about the VITA program contact Maria via email or call (610) 543-5022

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 via email or call (610) 543-5022

Southeastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Alliance

PathWays PA is the convener for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Alliance (SEPHA), a Next Generation Industry Partnership. The SEPHA partnership brings together healthcare employers; educational institutions; training providers; and community based organizations. As a Next Generation Industry Partnership PathWays PA facilitates dialogue between employers to identify challenges and opportunities within the industry; and works closely with employers to assist them in developing and implementing strategies to take advantage of opportunities within the industry and overcome challenges that they face.

For more information visit the SEPHA website or contact Clay via email or call (610) 543-5022.

Publications

Work Supports: Helping Families Reach Self-Sufficiency

Self-Sufficiency Standard 2010-2011

Self-Sufficiency Standard 2008-2009

Pennsylvania’s Workforce: The Role of Community Colleges

Paths to Banking

Pennsylvania at a Glance

Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Pennsylvania

Online Training & Benefits Eligibility Tool

Making Wages Work

HFA Statement for the Record