Moving from adolescence to adulthood is a daunting task. This is a time of many changes in various aspects of our lives. When you see a teenager or young adult, you really don’t know what they are going through. Many of us that have great families still struggle with life’s challenges.
After twenty years in youth ministry, and personally (along with my husband) assisting young adults’ transition to independent living, I had been led to form an organization that could collaborate with other community programs. By a chance meeting, I was inspired to help others. This inspiration was the catalyst for creating Community Pathways Organization.
Community Pathways Organization (CPO) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization empowering youth and young adults and their families to navigate life’s challenges. Our goal is to see the participants graduate, complete trade school or college and have the knowledge and skills to obtain family-sustaining employment. CPO partners with LHISD to identify and assist youth and families in need. CPO’s vision is that every person has the opportunity to become independent, productive members of their community. Support services offered include assisting with obtaining driver’s license and other required forms of identification, mentoring, weekend snack bags, Youth Mental Health First Aid, school supplies, referrals to local agencies, mental, medical and emotional support services.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't
see the whole staircase. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Provide neighbors a pathway to independence by assisting with their basic needs.
Every person has the opportunity to become independent, productive members of their community.
Compassion - Treat each neighbor with compassion.
Accountability - Be effective stewards of our financial,
community and social environments.
Respect - Respect our neighbors in a spirit of
honesty and compassion.
Empower - Empower neighbors and each other to
Empower youth and young adults and their families to navigate life's challenges.
"My life could look very differently than it does. I was a young 18-year-old kid who had been living on her own since 16, hopping from one friends couch to the other and even living in my car.
I felt like a young adult with a very limited future. Now I'm a Wife, a Mother, and a career woman. Small acts of kindness played a big role in who I am today. It wasn’t always easy. I had to do the work myself and dig deep to learn to believe in myself and make sacrifices, but it was worth it. I just needed someone to believe in me." (Read the rest of the story.)