As York County’s population continues to grow, so does the number of people in crisis. Meeting the increasing demand for assistance has been an overwhelming task for our community’s service agencies. To help meet this challenge, a group of business, church, government, and community leaders has been working with existing agencies on a new model that offers access to all the critical services for our struggling adults and families at a single location in Rock Hill.
A unified community effort to provide comprehensive solutions to redirect and renew the lives of people in need
Our Mission is to be the single point of entry facility, housing service agencies, that together stand ready to serve people in our community.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in,
I needed clothes and you clothed me,
I was sick and you looked after me,
I was in prison and you came to visit me.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me."
We seek to demonstrate both coordinated and collaborative strategy.
We provide a collaborative pathway to personal stability for every willing person.
We ascribe to person-centered focus.
We implement best practices for service delivery.
We practice accountability and transparency in every element of our work.
We continually evaluate outcomes related to our implementation process.
We are inspired and rooted in a Kingdom ministry approach to all plans, decisions, and activities and will maintain a steadfast commitment to why we started this work.
There are several contributing factors motivating our community leaders to act now to move forward with plans for PATHWAYS Community Center:
Growing population of chronically homeless and jobless
Growing community awareness of need and support “for such a time as this”
Supporting recent collaborative efforts by service and government agencies and churches
Service agencies having a documented and timely need for facilities
Inadequate number of beds for homeless men, women, and families
Benefit to city, county, and surrounding areas of moving several agencies to one location
Responding to CACH’s (Catawba Area Coalition for Homelessness) priority need to establish a single point of entry and continuum of care
Our York County community has been working for years to find solutions to assist people with personal, spiritual, and financial needs. As with all communities, the challenges are many. Resources, volunteers, expertise, accessibility, emergency shelter, safe and affordable housing are primary concerns. We strive to provide a holistic program for the growing number of people who experience chronic homelessness, joblessness, and poverty. Many suffer broken lives caused by mental or physical illness, substance abuse, incarceration, lack of education and hard times. Simple solutions and good intentions are no longer enough. We must think strategically and act collectively to create real change in our community.
The foundation of our current effort is the 2008 10-year Plan to Respond to Homelessness. New direction and energy have emerged around the challenges identified in the 10-year Plan. The Catawba Area Coalition for the Homeless (CACH) is a non-profit group of over 40 local service and government agencies, churches, educators, businesses, and individuals. Their commitment is to build a Continuum of Care to provide coordinated emergency and long-term care related to poverty and homelessness.
CACH supports the establishment of a single point of entry as the first step to facilitate the Continuum of Care project. The PATHWAYS Community Center supports CACH's priority response.
WHO WE ARE: A multidisciplinary team of community leaders from various organizations including service agencies, churches, businesses, government, and education with a commitment to serve.
VP/Assistant General Counsel, Comporium, Inc.
Pastor, Vineyard Church
Karen Brackett Browning
Executive Director, Carolina Community Actions
Kristen Davis Rhyne
Executive Director, Westminster Foundation
Director, Westminster Presbyterian Church
Pastor, Bethel United Methodist Church
Managing Partner, OTS Media