Pathways Birmingham

Pathways Birmingham

(205) 322-6854

409 North Richard Arrington Boulevard N
Birmingham, AL - 35203


Pathways is a United Way agency that serves homeless women and children. We provide a safe place to stay, clean clothes and hot meals. We also supply training and education programs to help both women and children transition back into the community. In short, Pathways is A Woman's Way Home.

Pathways provides short-term and long-term transitional housing, plus permanent housing for homeless women with mental illness. Last year, with help from people just like you, we were able to serve more than 1,500 homeless women and children.

Programs provided at Pathways:
Day Center
The Day Center provides for the basic needs of any homeless woman or child who visits the Center, providing a hot meal, showers, laundry facilities, and clothing. Beyond these services, many chronically homeless women need case management, substance abuse treatment or mental health care. Once these services have been obtained, these women are more likely to be candidates for transitional housing programs. Without on-going support they are likely to remain homeless for extended periods of time.

Safe Haven
Pathways provides housing for chronically homeless women downtown at our Safe Haven program. Designed as a small, homelike setting, the program requires 24-hour staffing and case management. While residents are not required to participate in mental health or substance abuse services, it is the goal of the program that these residents will come to trust the system and accept the services they need. There is no time limit on Safe Haven residents' length of stay, but over time, some may be able to move into permanent housing with supportive services.

Transitional Shelter
Pathways' Transitional Shelter provides shelter, food, clothing and supportive services for women and women with children who are temporarily without housing. Guests work on a Life Plan, structuring their week around goals. Guests discuss their needs and progress weekly with the social worker who helps them access community resources. On-site services provided regularly include healthy relationships, parenting, money management, etc. Last year, Pathways served more than 300 women and children through the Southside, Woodlawn and Parson Place (downtown) shelters.

Employment Readiness
Pathways conducts its Employment Readiness programs to prepare women for obtaining and keeping a job. The program focuses on self-esteem, motivation, basic computer skills and job search skills. Each session focuses on work- related topics such as resume writing, interviewing, working with others and maintaining a job. Participants also work one-on-one with the Employment Coordinator to focus on their individual needs. Learning to Be a Kid is the children's companion program to Employment Readiness, to teach homeless children emotional intelligence, self-esteem and conflict resolution skills.

Learning to Be a Kid Children's Program
While the mothers attend Employment Readiness, the children have a program of their own! LBK uses fun activities and crafts to focus on the special needs of homeless children. Topics include Attitude, Self-Esteem, Anger Management, Goals, and Kindness. Children learn how to deal with day-to-day situations and emotions through specialized games and arts & crafts. This program relies heavily on volunteers and the support we receive from Junior League of Birmingham.

Fiscally Fit
Pathways offers a financial literacy curriculum to all women and children in its shelters, as well as to women and children in other local shelters. This program provides the necessary tools of everyday budgeting, saving, and insurance. It is designed to provide simple techniques and steps that are easy to follow after leaving Pathways. This program is a more in- depth version of the budgeting support guests already receive from social workers. The children's program is essential to the success of the women's program, not only for childcare, but to impact a change that will shape each child's financial future as well.

Pathways is located in the 4th Avenue block between 20th and 22nd St N. We are directly between First Presbyterian and Redmont Hotel. Street parking is available, and we have an unloading zone for dropping off donations.

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