ABOUT US

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.

VISION

A unified community effort to provide comprehensive solutions to redirect and renew the lives of people in need

MISSION

Our Mission is to be the single point of entry facility, housing service agencies, that together stand ready to serve people in our community.

 

GUIDING SCRIPTURE

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."

Matthew 25:35,40

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • 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.

 

WHY NOW?

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

 

BACKGROUND

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.

 

OUR BOARD

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.

Charles Price 

Business Consultant

Chair

Forrest Emerson 

VP/Assistant General Counsel, Comporium, Inc.

Treasurer 

Eddie Brown 

Retired Banker 

 

Lee Gardner 

Retired Banker

Vice-Chair

Ben Ganson

Pastor, Vineyard Church

Karen Brackett Browning

Executive Director, Carolina Community Actions

Kristen Davis Rhyne

Executive Director, Westminster Foundation

Secretary

Courtney Denton

Director, Westminster Presbyterian Church

Emily Sutton

Pastor, Bethel United Methodist Church

Manning Kimmel 

Managing Partner, OTS Media