The mission of Pathways to Independence is to transform the lives of disadvantaged single young women through education, therapy, mentoring, housing, and healthcare, to break the cycle of poverty and abuse.
Pathways commits to helping our clients with:
Pathways to Independence was founded in 1991 by educators, Dave & Joyce Bishop, and received 501(c)(3) status as a Public Charity in February, 1994. The Bishops’ initial goal was to help a former student, Monica, get advanced education and achieve self-sufficiency. Monica was the product of a dysfunctional alcoholic family and at age 19 had a 2 year-old daughter and no support. With the Bishops’ help, Monica was able to get advanced training and a full-time job with health benefits for her and her daughter.
No Executives or Board Members receive any compensation whatsoever. In 2015, 88% of Program Expenses went directly to the clients in the program. Presently, Pathways has 16 Board Members and 300+ volunteers collaborating to execute our mission.