News from Pathway Homes, Inc.October 2013
In This Issue
Together on the Pathway to Wellness
Can You Imagine What it Feels Like to Hear Voices?
Fond Farewells
Steps to Pathways
In His Own Words: On the Road Again
I am an Artist!
Drum Circle: A Big Hit
A Closer Look at Recovery
Are you Giving A Hand Up?
Falling for Green Living
Holiday Card Contest
Pathways Briefs
Upcoming Dates to Note
Together on the Pathway to Wellness
Pathway Homes staff, consumers and family members were in force at the October 11, 2013 "Together on the Pathway to Wellness" conference held at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus.  
Pathways to Wellness
Pathway Homes joined community partners supporting the annual "Together on the Pathway to Wellness" conference.


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Can You Imagine What it Feels Like to Hear Voices?


Hearing Voices Family Group


On July 31, 2013, Pathway Homes two members of the Montgomery County Police Department returned to present the Hearing Voices that Are Disturbing (Hearing Voices) Training to the Pathway Homes Family Group.

Fond Farewell
Photo courtesy Jesse Millan
Pathway Homes remembers John Payne and Frankie Rivers who passed away during this quarter.



Steps to Pathways


Have you volunteered or supported Pathway Homes for years, but still wonder what happens on a typical day? Find out more about who we are, who we serve and how we do it at our monthly Steps to Pathways information event.



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Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard

While happy to hear the government has re-opened for the time being, I am troubled that the threat of continued disruptions still loom. Congress' agreement forestalled an unprecedented debt default and the doors of our government agencies re-opened. Unfortunately, uncertainty remains.


The agreement this week funds the federal government until January 15, 2014 and extends the country's borrowing authority until February 7, 2014. Experts predict that early 2014 will bring the specter of more face-offs and missed deadlines. Not surprisingly, this continued anxiety does not bode well for the nonprofit community on several fronts, including disruptions to government funding streams as well as a decrease in private donations as individuals worry about their own economic future.


We all apprehensively monitor Congress' progress toward a long-term solution over the next three months. At the same time, we enthusiastically encourage our elected officials to put the needs of our community ahead of personal agendas so that we can continue to leave the light on for those we serve.


Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, EdD, LCSW, LSATP, MAC
Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, EdD, LCSW, LSATP, MAC
President and CEO
In His Own Words: On the Road Again


Leon Kirlew - In His Own Words

By: Leon Kirlew


I grew up in a military family. My father was in the Army so we moved around frequently. This made me more willing to move on when things got tough.  I am the oldest of six, with five brothers and one sister. I grew up in a house with alcohol and drug abuse in the family. My parents divorced when I was seven and I bounced back and forth between my mother and father's house. I was definitely a rolling stone. Looking back I think this started my pattern of just moving on when the going got tough instead of trying to find a solution.  



Jahira and Jenny at Summer of the Arts
Jahira James and Jenny Pulju at the Summer of the Arts event hosted by Casa Italia in Fairfax.

I am an Artist!


By: Anna Smith  


"I am an artist and let me share my craft with you."  A phrase heard frequently over the month of July as Pathway Homes' residents showed their works of art at the inaugural Pathway Homes Summer of the Arts Exhibit.

Drum Circle at Stevenson Place - A Big Hit
The Beat Goes On
The Beat Goes On leaders worked with Pathways residents and staff to find their rhythm.


By: David Leventhal


On August 28, more than twenty staff and residents participated in Stevenson Place's first-ever drum circle.  Fairfax-based group, The Beat Goes On, led everyone in the group as they learned to play in unison.  



Photo courtesy Moyan Brenn
A Closer Look at Recovery


By: Eleanor Vincent, EdD, CSAC


The recovery model is unique in its view of mental illness because unlike the medical model, it focuses on the whole person not just the cause or symptoms of the illness, and it puts the person with the illness, not the service provider, in the expert role.   


Are You Giving A Hand Up?
Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Program 


As we continue to read the headlines of continued homelessness and mental illnesses, we often become jaded and feel we may not be able to make a difference.   Not true!  Support received over the past year has helped over 450 individuals embrace recovery and provide hope for their future.  

Green Pathways Falling for Green Living

As the leaves change color and drop from the trees, keep the green alive! The fall season means back to school, shorter days, cooler weather and holiday preparations. While you put away your summer gear and ready your home for the winter, here are 5 Tips for a GREENER Autumn.

Last year's holiday card, designed by accomplished artist and Pathways resident, Vickie Wolfrey.
Will Pathways' Holiday Card Be Your Design? 


Calling all Pathway Homes artists! This is your chance to participate in Pathway Homes' first holiday card design competition. This year, we invite you to send in your design for a chance to be the artist for this year's Holiday Card and win $35 in the process. 

Pathways Briefs: In Other News 

Upcoming Dates to Note

  • October 23: Family Meeting - Disaster Preparation at Pathway Homes' administrative office (6-8 p.m.)
  • November 21: Steps to Pathways information session at Pathway Homes' administrative office (10-11 a.m.)
  • November 28 and 29: Pathway Homes administrative office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • December 19: Steps to Pathways information session at Pathway Homes' administrative office (10-11 a.m.)
  • December 24: Pathway Homes administrative office will close at 12:30 p.m.
  • December 25: Pathway Homes administrative office will be closed for the holiday.
  • January 1: Pathway Homes administrative office will be closed for the New Year holiday.
  • January 16: Steps to Pathways information session at Pathway Homes' administrative office (10-11 a.m.)