Pathways Center

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 Studio

Pathways studios give parents a place to foster a sense of belonging during a time of tough transition.

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.

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.

“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.


A dining table set with hope for the children in one Pathways studio unit.

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.

Pathways Center is currently full. 

Eligibility Guidelines:

  • Must be a resident of the Greater Greensboro area
  • Must have income (employment, child support, disability, Work First, etc.)
  • Must have children living with you at the Pathways Center
  • Must have custody of all the children living with you at the Pathways Center

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.

Pathways Center
3517 North Church Street
Greensboro, NC 27405
Phone (336) 271-5988