It is impossible to listen to Abigail Denecke, Philanthropy and Volunteer Coordinator, and Anna Smith, Director of Development, talk about Pathway Homes without hearing the enthusiasm and pride in their voices.  Started in 1980, Pathway Homes provides permanent homes for people with a history of homelessness and mental illness.  Today there are 467 individuals, housed at scattered sites in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William County, the majority of whom have a history of homelessness. In 2008, Pathway Homes along with many area nonprofits joined the Fairfax County’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness 10-year plan to eradicate homelessness.

Curious about other ways to volunteer with Pathway Homes?

1) Event Support – Set up, clean up, etc., as well as helping clients enjoy the event.

2) Quality of Life/Companionship – Teaching computer, language, reading, writing skills as well as serving as buddies for residents.

3) Administrative Support – Manning the front desk and using professional skills in distributing and tracking medications, manning the front desk, etc.

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Since that time, homelessness has dropped over 30%.

Volunteer Fairfax’s partnership with Pathways Homes is one of the ways Volunteer Fairfax help support nonprofits in our community.  Volunteer Fairfax is committed to helping nonprofits build capacity and achieve their mission.  For example, Pathways is a regular VolunteerFest participant. Each October on VolunteerFest, Pathways holds a Help the Homeless Walk.  It is both a fundraiser and a joyful celebration of the accomplishments of Pathways in supporting adults with mental disabilities.

One of the reasons for Pathway Homes’ success is in their respect for the people they serve.  They believe permanent housing is a right, not a privilege.

We are happy to share information about how you can support Pathways and join the movement to eradicate homeless.  Volunteer support is mission critical to this cause.