Haywood Pathways Center offers a short term residential program to homeless men and women who are motivated and willing to commit to a faith based program of life transformation. Available to residents of Haywood County, a 3 day, 21 day and 6 month program is designed to provide spiritual guidance, support, life skills, education and job assistance to break the cycle of poverty.
Haywood Pathways Center is a faith based organization. Spiritual guidance and guest compliance with participation in devotions, prayer, Bible study and church attendance is mandatory for each guest of the center. The Haywood Pathways Center Board, staff and volunteers believe that faith in God, prayer and spiritual growth are essential to bring hope and joy to all and to provide the guidance and strength to make a life transformation. We are committed to providing opportunities for each person to experience God’s love and mercy.
Individuals interested in the Short Term Residential Program have a 3 day trial period to determine if they have the motivation and commitment to make a change in their life. During this time they will meet with a counselor or case manager to learn more about the program, their responsibilities, accountability, and talk to other participants.
At the end of 3 days, guests are offered the opportunity to participate in a 21 day program of life transformation. The program includes a commitment to participate in spiritual exploration and development, attend classes/ recovery as needed for substance abuse, and make use of resources and opportunities for employment and housing, and compliance with center activities and rules. Extension and/or acceptance into the 6 month program are dependent on satisfactory progress or completion of the 21 day program requirements.
Some individuals only need a helping hand until they can find employment. They have the life skills and financial knowledge to make it on their own. But many who come to Haywood Pathways Center need more. An individual may have obtained employment within the 21 day program, but he/ she does not have the life skills or financial knowledge to be successful without additional support, education, and/or resources. For this individual, the 6 month program offers the safety and security of a place to sleep and regular meals as they work toward the goal of permanent employment, housing and self-sufficiency.
Haywood Pathways Center believes each person is unique—and flexibility in our programs is a necessity to achieve success. We believe that all people are God’s people, and should be respected, supported and cared for as they work toward life transformation and a life as a disciple of Christ. A request for an extension in any of our programs is carefully considered on a case by case basis.