In 1996, Pathways to Independence was struggling financially, and ready to close it’s doors. Along came a small group of can-do women who formed “Friends of Pathways” (FOP) to raise money for Pathways to Independence (PTI).

We started with a bang, hosting a progressive dinner party in Park Estates in October of 1996. The generosity of that first group of guests enabled 12 students to begin their journey on the path to Independence. We have grown from a gathering of a handful of Friends to a committee of over 100; with over 650 guests in attendance each year. 2019 was a banner year for our Fundraising event – over $750,000 was raised at our “Fiesta in the Park” event.

Interested in Joining Friends of Pathways?

In addition to the joy of “giving back”, we also benefit from enduring friendships formed while working alongside other women who are equally committed and big hearted. We welcome any questions you may have and look forward to having you as a friend.

Friends of Pathways welcomes all levels of commitment from our volunteers:
  • Join us to plan the event
  • Help us with auction items and sponsorships
  • Pitch in on the day of the event.

Please fill out the form on this page to get started. Your involvement will make a big difference!

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Our Friends of Pathways committee remains strong, however we are always looking for new friends to join our group.

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2021 was a banner year for our Fundraising event – over $750,000 was raised at our “Passport to Pathways European Adventure” event.

Friends of Pathways have raised $7.5 million for Pathways to Independence.

Watch our 2020 virtual event featuring Brett Young with the Scotty Mac Band.