News from Pathway Homes, Inc.January 2014
In This Issue
Pathways Awarded VA Governor's Award - Best Housing Program
Remembering Don Scott
Donors Transformed Lives in 2013
Fond Farewell: Julie Phillips
A Second Season of Giving at Stevenson Place
In Her Own Words: My Peace of Mind
Help the Homeless Walk Escapes Rain Showers Again
A Closer Look at Major Changes in the DSM-5
Pathways Holds First Holiday Cart Art Competition
Annual Resident Holiday Party: A Festive Feast
Who Turned out the Lights?
Family Group Update
Pathways Briefs
Upcoming Dates to Note
Pathway Homes Named 2013 Virginia Governor's Best Housing Program

For the second time in six years, Pathway Homes received the Governor's Award for 2013 Best Housing Program or Service.   The Award was presented at Virginia's 2013 Governor's Housing Conference on November 21, 2013.

Pathway Homes representatives receive the 2013 VA Governor's award at the Governor's Housing Conference in Norfolk, VA.


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Remembering Don Scott
Pathway Homes lost a long-time, valued member of its employee family in December. We celebrate the memory of Don Scott



Donors Transformed Lives in 2013


Pathway Homes greatly appreciates all our donors who have made it possible for the individuals we have the privilege of serving to make great strides in their recovery.  Your support in 2013 provided housing, furnishings, housewares, activities and services to 428 individuals reclaiming their lives.



Fond Farewell
Julie Phillips
Pathway Homes remembers Julie Phillips who passed away during this quarter.



A Second
At Stevenson Place
The staff of Stevenson Place rose to the challenge, for a second year, of finding a way to create a meaningful and festive celebration of the holiday season on a limited budget.
 Technology for the Times
Campaign Update
$269,068 raised so far! 
The three-year, $385,000 campaign kicked off in April 2012.
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Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard    

As Pathway Homes continues to embrace changes in the residential supportive service landscape, we continually seek methods and innovations that ensure quality care for individuals currently receiving services. At the same time, we remain committed to finding ways to meet the needs of those on our wait list. Currently serving over 400 individuals in 174 properties throughout Northern Virginia, we are excited to see how the housing and supports we provide are creating the foundation for recovery for many individuals. Pathways staff and consumers know, however, there is still much to be done.

Many of those we serve still have friends and family in need of residential supportive services, so they have a strong desire to work with our staff to tap into resources that help us meet the needs of the more than 500 individuals who remain on our wait list. As I work with our Board of Directors and staff, I see individuals who are determined to find solutions to the unmet needs of those we currently lack the funding to serve. I see amazing progress every day in terms of consumer recovery and agency capacity.

For this reason, it is extremely validating to announce that Pathway Homes was awarded the 2013 Virginia Governor's Award for the "Best Housing Program or Service" in the state during the Governor's Housing Conference held in Norfolk on November 21. We received this award for our creation of a unique consumer-directed model launched in one home in 2011 and now implemented in three Pathways homes.

I want to recognize the resolve and thoughtfulness of the Pathways board, staff, and consumers responsible for the development and success of this critical innovation in our approach to meeting the needs of those we are honored to serve every day. I applaud your contributions and determination to succeed even in the face of shrinking resources and increased need, and I look forward to another year of partnering and innovation.        

Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, EdD, LCSW, LSATP, MAC
Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, EdD, LCSW, LSATP, MAC
President and CEO
In Her Own Words: My Peace of Mind


By: Yvonne Elliot


My name is Yvonne.  I currently live in a 2 bedroom apartment in Springfield, VA with a roommate I get along with.  I have been homeless before and I know what it's like to be homeless, so Pathways is a real blessing to me.  I come from a poor family.  My father was a car sales man and an alcoholic who was never home so my mother had to take care of us.  My long time girlfriends from kindergarten introduced me to drugs and alcohol when I was only 13 years old.



Pathways' Annual "Help the Homeless Walk" Escapes Rain Showers Again


Help the Homeless Walk 2013 Speakers
Pathways was honored to have distinguished speakers at the event, including Congressman Gerry Connolly.

Pathway Homes' streak of no rain during our annual "Help the Homeless Walk" continues! On November 1st, despite dire predictions, at the scheduled start time of 1:00 p.m. the sun came out and the program started.


Pathways has participated in this event for 14 years, raising some $350,000 to directly fund the critical housing needs of people with mental illnesses.



A Closer Look at the Major Changes in the DSM-5


By: Ashley M. A. Inks, MS, NCC


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, otherwise known as the DSM-V or DSM-5, was released in mid-2013 after more than a decade of work by mental health professionals tasked with restructuring the previous edition, the DSM-IV-TR.  It is important for both clinicians and individuals to be familiar with some of the highlights in the changes from the DSM-IV-TR to the DSM-V in order to achieve and maintain a collaborative treatment approach.


Winning art selection - Holiday Card Contest 2013 Pathway Homes Holds First Holiday Card Art Competition


After viewing the wonderful talent displayed at the 2013 Pathways Summer of the Arts Exhibit this past summer, we embarked on a journey to tap into and showcase the considerable talent of other in-house artists at Pathways.

Annual Resident Holiday Party: A Festive Feast
The Resident Holiday Party was a feast for the stomach and the eyes this year. On Thursday, December 5, Pathways staff and volunteers transformed the hall of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Herndon, VA into a twinkling winter wonderland to host the annual event for more than 250 residents and their guests.

Green Pathways Hey, Who Turned Out the Lights?

5 Myths about the Incandescent Light Bulb Law

Green Pathways helps you navigate the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) so you won't be in the dark about the "light bulb ban."

 Family Group Update


2014 promises to be another exciting and information-filled year as we continue to provide an opportunity once every quarter, for family members to get together for information, networking, and support.


Pathways Briefs: In Other News 

Upcoming Dates to Note

  • February 17: Pathway homes administrative office will be closed for the holiday.
  • February 20: Steps to Pathways information session at Pathway Homes' administrative office (10-11 a.m.)
  • February 26*: Family Meeting - Psychopharmacology and Medication Advocacy at Pathway Homes' administrative office (6-8 p.m.) *Formal invitations will go out at the beginning of February.
  • March 20: Steps to Pathways information session at Pathway Homes' administrative office (10-11 a.m.)
  • April 17: Steps to Pathways information session at Pathway Homes' administrative office (10-11 a.m.)
  • May 26: Pathway homes administrative office will be closed for the holiday.
  • May 31*: Pathways Annual Cookout. *Invitations will go out mid-April.