News from Pathway Homes, Inc.October 2012 
In This Issue
Call to Action: Help the Homeless
Fond Farewell: Rita and Michael
Director of Development & Major Gifts
Crops are Tops at Stevenson Place
Hearing Voices Training
In Her Own Words
Celebrating Graduation from APH
Aging and Physical Activity
A Closer Look at S.A.D.
Words to Live By
Family Group is Re-Grouping
Pathways Briefs


Help the Homeless 2012
2011 Stevenson Place Walk    

Join us for the Stevenson Place Third Annual Help the Homeless Community Walk on Saturday, October 27th at 10:00 a.m.



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Fond Farewell 


 Rita and Michael     

We remember Marcella Emerita "Rita" Manley, a woman of faith with a passion for sharing, and Michael Yankey, a free spirit with a great sense of humor.



New Director of Development and Major Gifts


Anna Smith, Director of Development and Major Gifts

Pathway Homes welcomes Anna Smith to the newly-created position of Director of Development and Major Gifts.  Find out more about Anna and her goals as she settles in to the Pathways team. 
Crops are Tops
at Stevenson Place


By David Leventhal


The commute from farm to table has never been so short.  Harvest time is coming to a close at Stevenson Place, where staff and residents have tended their urban garden for the past two years.
MIchael Wolff tends to a pot of rosemary.
Michael Wolff helps tend the potted garden at Stevenson Place.
Hearing Voices Training


In May, 2012, Officer Scott Davis of the Montgomery County Police Department provided a half-day Hearing Voices that are Disturbing training for administrative and clinical staff at Pathway Homes.
Officer Scott Davis by Pathways' Mission Statement
Officer Scott Davis stands in front of Pathways' mission statement.
 Technology for the Times
Campaign Update
$170,000 raised so far! 
The three-year campaign kicked off in April 2012.
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Dr. Sylisa Lambert-WoodardFall is a time of giving thanks and giving back. When you look around our community, this season often brings into vision the stark reality of those in need. Through our eastern foliage you can see clearly those residing in campsites, signs requesting need, and those on our streets and shelters.  Pathway Homes has a mission that embodies the spirit of recovery: embracing an attitude of hope, self-determination and partnering with each individual on their personal journey toward achieving self-fulfillment and realizing their dreams.

We fulfill our mission by making available to individuals with mental illness and co-occurring disabilities a variety of non-time-limited housing and services to enable them to realize their individual potential.


In this edition of InRoads, you will read about the journey of so many lives we are grateful to have provided services to, and how they have traveled the road of recovery and inspired others.


This season provides incredible opportunities for you to get involved and give back to eradicate homelessness in our community and continue to create pathways of recovery for those we serve.  Transition into the season of giving by participating in our annual Help the Homeless Walk, highlighted in this newsletter, or by volunteering, educating others about mental illness, contributing to our Capital Campaign "Technology for the Times" or the Karen Free Art and Recreation fund.  There are so many exciting ways to get involved with Pathways.


You are critical in our continued ability to provide these most needed services to our community, and we are excited to enter into this season with a continued commitment to advancing our mission. Thank you for your continued support of Pathway Homes!


Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, EdD, LCSW, LSATP, MAC
Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, EdD, LCSW, LSATP, MAC
President and CEO
In Her Own Words: Finding My Path to Joy


By: Gracia Ferguson 

Gracia Ferguson in her    

Hi Everybody!  My name is Gracia, and I'll be 59 years old soon.  My story is an ugly, painful memory...but it is only a memory because now I have today!  Thank God for the way he puts things together.
Growing up in the 50s and 60s, "the system" did not work well for me.  I was a six-month old baby, already use to suffering abuse and neglect as evidenced by the sores covering my body.  And a fantastic family adopted me expecting a beautiful, bouncing baby girl.  Instead, they got a baby with what is now called "failure to thrive, failure to bond."



Celebrating Graduation from APH


By Sonja Littlejohn


Ann Holland with Jahira JamesCongratulations are in order for Ann Holland, a resident of Pathways' Intensive In-Home program in Springfield.  She successfully completed the Adult Partial Hospitalization (APH) program at the Joe and Fredona Gartlan Center for Community Mental Health earlier this year. 



Aging and Physical Activity: Don't Get Older, Get Better!


This article is the first in a series presented by Pathway Homes' Aging Task Force, providing information about wellness and the aging process.


Playing Horsehoes
Photo Courtesy: woodleywonderworks

Did you know that after age 50 or 55 adults lose about one percent of brain volume per year? It's no wonder that having a "senior moment" is such a commonly understood term!  


The good news is that evidence now suggests that exercise will provide some protection from memory loss and Alzheimer's disease.  One study found that normally sedentary older adults who walked at a moderate pace three times a week for a year actually boosted the size of the brain region involved with memory.



A Closer Look at Seasonal Affective Disorder 


Seasonal Affect Disorder
Photo Courtesy: Jamiesrabbits

This article is one in a series which InRoads is publishing designed to provide information on various aspects of mental health.


Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly known as SAD, describes a depressive illness related to increased sensitivity in some individuals, to seasonal changes.



Words to Live By 

Anita Yessian's artwork  

Do you have a phrase that consistently gets you through?  Words can't change reality, but often they can change the way we perceive it.  They might give us hope in hard times, remind us to cherish a special moment, or provide a different perspective.  Words can have power, and they do for Pathways' resident Anita Yessian.


Pathways' Family Group is Re-Grouping!

Get involved and provide input on its future direction


Join us for a general information and networking session where you will have the opportunity to:
  • Meet other Pathway Homes families
  • Ask questions about Pathways' services
  • Voice your interests and opinions

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

6 p.m. - Social Time,  6:30-8 p.m. - Presentation and Discussion

Light refreshments will be served


Pathway Homes, Inc., Recovery Conference Room

10201 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 240, Fairfax, VA 22030


Please R.S.V.P. to (703) 876-0390 or to 

Pathways' Family Group
All family members of individuals served by Pathway Homes are welcome to attend the October 24, 2012 Family Group to help decide its future course.

Pathways Briefs: In Other News