I have been offered a doorway into a community that has gifted me with stability and a support system that I had never experienced before. Because of the generosity of several volunteers I have been able to receive help with my car, computer, housing, and the opportunity to go to school. I even ran into a few medical emergencies that Pathways has kindly helped me with. If it was not for them, I am confident that I would not have earned my associates degree and I would not have a stable home with any support system. I am currently attending Cal State University at Fullerton to attain a Bachelors of Science degree. While I continue school, I will be working as a part-time Sales Associate at Home Goods. All of this is possible because of Pathways. Before I entered the program I had a bible verse that I clung tightly to from 2 Corinthians 4:8-9: We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. This verse has brought me incredible comfort and has kept me hopeful that no matter what I encounter, God will get me through; and pathways has surely been a light and a blessing, proving to me that we are never truly abandoned.