News from Pathway Homes, Inc.April 2012 
In This Issue
Pathways Named One of 50 Best NonProfits to Work For
Resident Nominated for Service Award
Kitchen Receives a Facelift
A House Becomes A Home
Meet Pathways' Front Desk Volunteers
A Closer Look at Sleep Disorders
Pathways Briefs
Pathway Homes Named One of the 50 Best NonProfits to Work For in 2012 
50 Best Non-Profits to Work For 2012 

We are proud to announce that Pathway Homes was selected as one of the 2012 Best NonProfit Organizations to Work For!  The award program is a project of The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group which utilizes a nationwide survey to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in the nonprofit industry in the United States.




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Pathways' Resident Nominated for Volunteer Service Award

Jim Stout - Volunteer 


James Stout is Pathways' 2011 Volunteer Fairfax Service Award Nominee.  Stout, a former information technology professional, became a resident of Pathway Homes in 2007 and began volunteering for Pathway Homes in the Spring of 2010.



Holiday Wishlist Funds Kitchen Facelift


The 2011 Holiday Wish List fundraising campaign was another great success for Pathway Homes.  Each year, these much-needed donations provide additional funding to specifically-identified areas that will improve our residents' quality of life and help them take pride in their homes and lives.



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It was not too long ago that individuals with mental illness and co-occurring disabilities struggled to find hope that recovery is possible.  Today, we partner with individuals to achieve their highest quality of life as productive members of the communities in which they live. Our continued successes provide Pathways with the energy and passion to help more individuals live successfully in the community.

We continue to focus on the strengths of the individuals we serve, and today our consumer-directed model of service delivery is setting the pace as an innovative program of empowerment and hope. The key to the success of such programs is celebrating and embracing the personal experience of those who have traveled the paths of recovery.

Here at Pathway Homes, we continue to believe that housing is a right, not a privilege. We also believe that the right to housing does not necessarily have to be incumbent upon an individual committing to services.  Thus, we embrace the housing-first model as a foundation for recovery, and we use it to partner with those we serve to open doors on their journey towards achieving self-fulfillment and realizing their dreams.

As we continue to build a solid foundation of excellence, we understand that today's achievements are but pathways to the road that lies ahead. We look to the future with anticipation and hope. We recognize the power of partnership, and we look forward to an abundant and transformative year. We hope that you will be a part of our journey forward.
Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, EdD, LCSW, LSATP, MAC
Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, EdD, LCSW, LSATP, MAC
President and CEO
In Her Own Words: A House Becomes A Home
Dave's House II at Kincaid Court
By: Eleanor Pohoryrlo
When I was first interviewed at Pathway Homes to be considered as a resident of the Kincaid House I felt a level of comfort that I had never experienced before. Randy Shusman and Jeanne Dosky made it quite clear that the interview went both ways. In other words it was equally important for me to "accept" Pathways, their mission and goals as it was for them to determine the type of housing suitable for me.



Meet Pathways' Front Desk Volunteers 


Yafet Defeseru - front desk volunteer
Yafet Deferesu volunteers at Pathways' front desk.

Have you ever wondered who that cheerful voice is on the other end of the line when you call Pathways' administrative office? Or thought about who makes sure the mail goes to the right place? Depending on the day, the answer is either Yafet Deferesu or Mary Anne Cummins, Pathways' administrative receptionist volunteers.



A Closer Look at Sleep Disorders


By: Eleanor Vincent, EdD, CSAC


Sleep disorders are organized into four major sections according to presumed etiology; primary sleep disorders, sleep disorder related to another mental disorder, sleep disorder due to a general medical condition, and substance-induced sleep disorder (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Text Revision [DSM-IV-TR], 2000). The DSM-IV-TR goes on to state that it is important to consider and evaluate these major areas in assessing a client who presents with complaints of sleep disturbance.




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