PATH’s below-market-rate rental homes form the basis for this program. Families who desire to improve their financial stability set goals, receive resources and encouragement, participate in a matched savings program, and are held accountable for progress toward their goals. PATH works closely with and invests heavily in the lives of these families for these two years. In the end, families achieve their goals of housing stability as a new homeowner or in market-rate rental housing.
This program provides one-time rent or utility assistance for families facing an unexpected loss of income or added expense. According to the US Census data, 13% of Smith is in poverty. This translates to one in six adults and one in four children struggling with the effects of the uncertainty of poverty. Many live paycheck to paycheck; a minor unplanned emergency can mean the difference between making ends meet or eviction. Many families spend up to 70% of their income on rent, leaving little or no savings to weather a crisis.
Mission/Vision: PATH seeks to restore HOPE with a PERSONALIZED approach to EMPOWER our East Texas neighbors to THRIVE in our community.
About: In 1984, Mrs. Gertrude Windsor had the vision to bring the Tyler community together to address the issues surrounding poverty in a collaborative way. She gathered congregational and civic leaders to create a local, private, nonprofit organization to facilitate that collaboration sustainably; they called it People Attempting To Help (PATH). PATH began serving hard-working families in need in East Texas in 1985 to provide kindness and relief during their struggles.
After 38 years, PATH continues bridging the gap in our community between kind and generous people with abundant resources and our neighbors in need. PATH volunteers and staff live out their faith daily by serving over 20,000 people each year from Smith and surrounding counties with immediate and longer-term programs and services with a very personalized approach.
Volunteer: Volunteering at PATH is a one-of-a-kind experience based on compassion, respect, and dignity. During your volunteer shift, you will be responsible for various tasks, including but not limited to those listed below. Through your efforts, PATH can offer hope and help our needy neighbors. We are so grateful for all our volunteers and look forward to the time we get to spend and serve together. All volunteers must schedule in advance – no “walk-in” volunteers are accepted. Volunteer with the food pantry, casework, reception, community homes, or special projects!
In-Kind Donations: Food, personal toiletry items, diapers & formula, skilled & unskilled construction labor and seasonal items (fans, coats and blankets)
Events: Annual PATH Week in September, Mardi Gras Celebration in February, Coats for Kids in November https://www.pathhelps.org/getinvolved/
Phone: 903-597-PATH (7284)
Location: 402 W. Front Street, Tyler, Texas 75702
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