The Pathways Center for families is a shelter program of Greensboro Urban Ministry. Our purpose is to provide homeless families a safe, temporary environment to live while they are searching for other housing. The Pathways Center shelters 16 families. Each family has a private studio living area. There is no fee to stay at the Pathways Center. Case managers work with families to help them move as quickly as possible back into permanent housing.
Pathways Center for families is more than a temporary shelter for parents and their children. It is a place to plan, learn new skills, work with a case manager and share time with a devoted group of volunteers who want the 16 families living in the center to know that they are not alone in their journey back to stability.
Gin Reid Hall, a longtime Christian education and outreach professional, became Pathways Center director in March 2015. The thing that impresses her time and again is the resolve families have to work through challenges together. “I’m amazed at the families and their resilience and their dedication to the children,” she says.
“Knowing we’re not the only ones going through transition and that we’ve moving a step forward together really helps. From where we were before … it’s positive being here together.”
– a resident talking about her move
with her children to Pathways Center
Pathways’ volunteers share meals, tutoring, children’s activities, babysitting for parents and deliver household items. “It’s such a support for our residents. It lets them know they are in a community that cares for them,” Gin Reid says.
Among those residents are Mary and Kenron. Mary says the five of them have found important resources: job training, an on-site nurse, regular meetings with their case manager, and tutoring for the children.
Creating a sense of home and normalcy for children is challenging for parents. Pathways families live together in private studio apartments, with a kitchenette and full bathroom. Community areas offer computer and wireless access, a children’s activity room, dining room and an outdoor playground.
Recently, a new resident came to Gin Reid to share that she and her children had been in other shelters before, but never in one that showed the care and support of Pathways. “As the director here, I regularly feel great pride in the fact that Greensboro Urban Ministry has made it a priority to provide shelter for families that feels like ‘home.’ “
Pathways Center is currently full.
Steve Sandercock is the director of Pathways Family Center. Steve graduated from Davis & Elkins College and studied counseling at N.C. Central University. He taught in high school in the Guilford County Schools system from 1997-2011. He began working with GUM as volunteer in Potter’s House Community Kitchen and the food pantry. He came to GUM in 2012 and served as assistant director of the Emergency Assistance Program prior to becoming director at Pathways.
For more information, call 336.271.5988.
3517 North Church Street
Greensboro, NC 27405
Phone (336) 271-5988