News from Pathway Homes, Inc.January 2013
In This Issue
A Season of Giving
Fond Farewells
A Letter to Our Donors
One Voter's Story
Family Group Re-Energized
Resolving to be Green in 2013
In Her Own Words: Finding My Inspiration
Help the Homeless Community Walks
The Search for the Fountain of Youth
"My Purpose": Helping After Hurricane Sandy
A Closer Look at Khat
The Art of Recovery
Pathway Homes Collaborates with OPEH
Pathways Briefs
Family Group - Special Needs Trusts
A Season of Giving at Stevenson Place

 

  
By Michelle Halcombe
 
The challenge posed to Stevenson Place staff in November 2012 was to create new and meaningful ways for the residents to celebrate the holiday season.
  
Leave it to the creative minds of a few dedicated people to come up with a way to make the holidays special for the residents of Stevenson Place.

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Fond Farewell 

 

We remember Kathryn "Katy" Fitzpatrick, a free spirit, Michael Hill, a quiet man of compassion, and Lynn Burke, a woman with a kind heart.

 

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A Letter to Our Donors
 
  

 

In 2012, we received financial contributions totaling $153,000 and donations of furniture, linens and housewares from 81 households that allowed us to provide a comfortable environment for hope and recovery.

  

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One Voter's Story
First-time voter 
On a sunny and cold November afternoon, Raymond Whitney aged 54, ventured out to the polls for the first time in his life.
   
Pathway Homes' Family Group Re-Energized!

 

Pathway Homes kicked off its family group meetings in 2007 with several sessions on Recovery in Mental Health.  Following a year and half hiatus, the group came back together in October, 2012 re-energized!
 
Resolving to be
Green in 2013

 

This is the first in a series of articles from Green Pathways, a committee composed of staff and individuals served by Pathway Homes whose mission is to provide education about environmentally friendly practices.
  
It's just barely the New Year, and many of us use this time to reflect on changes we want to make in ourselves and our world.  It's not too late to commit to living a greener lifestyle this year.  Get inspired by our list of Green Resolutions and make a difference today.
 
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Campaign Update
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The three-year campaign kicked off in April 2012.
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Dr. Sylisa Lambert-WoodardHappy New Year!  As I reflect upon 2012, I am reminded of the generosity of our supporters, the cooperative spirit of so many of our partners and the contributions the individuals we serve provide to our community.

 

Through your volunteerism and financial support we are able to provide the highest quality of care for those in need. In particular, your generosity over the holiday season will provide needed items to brighten the homes of many we serve. Equally important, volunteers enhanced many homes through countless hours landscaping and painting. Your actions create a positive environment and significantly aid recovery.

 

The challenges facing those we serve require a complex mesh of providers working together to achieve the common good.   Pathway Homes commends those organizations we partner with daily as we all strive to weave together a tapestry of services that best serve our community.  We were honored to receive an award from the National Association for County Community and Economic Development for our recent partnership with Fairfax County resulting in 22 beds of permanent housing coupled with supportive and rehabilitative services. Pathway Homes remains committed to a spirit of collaboration, partnership and service.

 

As recent events shake our sense of well-being, it is appropriate for us to remember those lost and affirm our commitment to those we serve.   A new year brings opportunities to eradicate stigma through education, awareness and advocacy. The fine examples of volunteerism, advocacy and citizenship performed by those that we serve over the last year, inspire me and so many in our community.


Here's to a new year of continued recovery, enhanced partnership and prosperity!

       

Sincerely,
Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, EdD, LCSW, LSATP, MAC
Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, EdD, LCSW, LSATP, MAC
President and CEO
In Her Own Words: Finding My Inspiration

 

Lorraine Johnson By: Lorraine Johnson 

   

My name is Lorraine Johnson and I have been a resident of Pathway Homes for nine years. It has been a great experience, one of the best things that ever happened to me.

 

Living at Pathways has quieted my mind and allowed me to develop my art.   Ironically, I flunked Art in school.   I would see students painting beautiful horses and flowers all around me. I was very discouraged with my perceived lack of talent.   As I continued my journey in and out of hospitals over the past 25 years, I would see folks making beautiful arts and crafts and feel very inadequate. About 10 years ago, I decided that I would just make up my own art.   I just started creating things.  

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Pathway Homes' Help the Homeless Community Walks

 

Sup. Hudgins and Pathways' Board
Supervisor Hudgins with representatives of Pathways' Board and Walk Sponsors.

By: Anna Smith

 

This fall over 500 men, women and children participated in four Pathway Homes-hosted Help the Homeless walks raising awareness and over $40,000 towards ending homelessness.  

 

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The Search for the Fountain of Youth: Don't Get Older, Get Better!

 

Food on a fork
photo courtesy: Joshua Rappeneker
This article is part of a series presented by Pathway Homes' Aging Task Force, providing information about wellness and the aging process.
 

 

While the quest for the proverbial Fountain of Youth is endless, and typically fruitless, one method known to extend the human life span by up to five years has quietly become accepted among leading researchers. 

 

The only question is: Will the average person do it? 

 

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My Purpose: Helping After Hurricane Sandy 

 

photo courtesy: ChairWomanMay
As we viewed the devastation in New York and New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, most of us sat back comfortably on our couches and watched the troubling images on TV for a few days and then went on with our lives.   Not Gladys!  Gladys Johnson, a resident of Pathway Homes went on Facebook to find an opportunity to help.

 

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A Closer Look at Khat

 

Khat leaves
photo courtesy: Drug Enforcement Administration
This article is one in a series which InRoads is publishing designed to provide information on various aspects of mental health.
 

  

By: Eleanor Vincent, EdD, CSAC

 

Khat is a stimulant drug that is derived from Catha edulis, a flowering shrub that is native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula (National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA], 2007).  Khat has over 40 street names that include African Salad, Bushman's Tea, Chat, Gat, Miraa, Oat, Qat, Somali Tea, Tohai, and Tschat.    

  

Craig Patak displays his artwork
Craig Patak displays an example of his artwork.
The Art of Recovery 

  

For many, art is something you go to a museum to see. It is something miraculous that was and is created by the Picasso's and Monet's of the world and for everyone else is just a hobby. For Craig Patak, who began receiving support services from Pathway Homes in 2011, art was never just for museums.

 

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Pathway Homes Collaborates with Office to Prevent and End Homelessness 

  

OPEH logoNearly 60 percent of the individuals served by Pathway Homes have been or would be homeless without the services we provide.   Of the nearly 500 individuals on our wait list, 48 percent are chronically homeless anxiously awaiting services.  We can't do this alone and we value the continued support we receive from the Community Partnership in bringing together many providers in our community and across the nation to meet the needs of homeless individuals and families.

 

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Pathways Briefs: In Other News 

Pathways' Family Group January 23, 2013

Special Needs Trusts

 

Join us for an informative discussion on post-parental planning, and network with other Pathway Homes' family members.

Our guest speaker will be Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts at the Arc of Northern VA.  Learn about trust management, long-term care planning, consulting, advocacy, and disbursements.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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 family@pathwayhomes.org