Organizing Steps Up for Pocono Families

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These are difficult times for many. For families who find themselves homeless, especially with children, this is perhaps the hardest part. This is where a valuable local charity comes in. Founded in 1990, Pocono Area Transitional Housing, or PATH as many call it, often comes to save the day.

PATH’s mission is to provide temporary housing and related support services to families with children in Monroe County who are experiencing a housing crisis. It can mean that they are homeless or about to become homeless. The program provides safe housing for families with children in a boarding house type environment.

Resident families each have one furnished bedroom (or two for larger families). Residents share a living room, bathroom and dining room. Kitchen facilities include individual studio refrigerators and private storage space. PATH staff are available to provide assistance around the clock.

A case manager works with clients to identify their needs and help them achieve their goals.

Participation in the PATH program means that families will work to resolve their unique housing needs. PATH will help families set goals and identify objectives that lead to each family’s success. They must set up a savings plan to be able to have a security deposit and the first month’s rent. Budgeting and income stabilization are also covered.

Families may need assistance from other service agencies and are provided with appropriate community referrals. Services offered by PATH include obtaining a GED, learning health nutrition, housekeeping, and organizational habits. Additionally, improving parenting skills and other coping skills can also be part of their individual plan for success.

Since 1990, PATH has provided essential temporary shelter to families with children who have lost their homes and are trying to build stable and productive lives. Within the haven of peace of PATH, more than 90,000 people have spent the night under their roof.

But all this does not happen by magic. Donations are needed in various ways. Currently, there is a need for the staples that every household uses: toilet paper, paper towels, liquid dish soap, floor cleaner, spray cleaner, disinfectant wipes, scrubbing sponges, Brillo pads, large kitchen bags, large black garbage bags, rubber gloves and toilet bowl cleaner.

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Other items to donate might include non-perishable items that can be made available in the home pantry. Items can be dropped off at their facility at 309 Park Ave. Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Executive Director, Kandia Palmer asks that before dropping off donations, call the house to make arrangements. As a charitable organization, 501c3, monetary donations are also always welcome.

PATH is planning its annual Karen Nicols Walk, to be held the first Sunday in May in downtown Stroudsburg. A great way to support the organization and enjoy the beautiful spring weather! For more information about PATH or to become a sponsor or walk participant, call them at 570-424-0542. PATH’s final message, “All of our residents strive to have a peaceful home of their own.”

Debbie Kulick writes a weekly column for the Pocono Record and Tri-County Independent and is on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic as an EMT.

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