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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services, Job Training, Recreation & Sports, Sports

Mission: Pathways to Independence enriches the lives of adults with complex learning disabilities and associated disorders through the development of the social interaction and self-advocacy skills necessary to achieve each individual’s goals for independence, community engagement and meaningful relationships.

Target demographics: adults whose social interaction skills are impacted by complex learning disabilities and associated developmental disabilties such as Level 1 autism (Asperger's Syndrome or PDD-NOS)

Direct beneficiaries per year: 122 participants

Geographic areas served: St. Louis, MO

Programs: social interaction, self-advocacy and community engagement training

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our son has been with Pathways for about five years. He has made new friends and enjoyed opportunities to be active in the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pathways to Independence has been a great help to my son. He has multiple learning disabilities and finds it very difficult to make friends. Participating in PTI has helped him learn how to converse and have fun in social situations.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our son has been involved with Pathways for almost 10 years. It has been an outstanding experience for him to make friends and gain social skills!

Joe

Client Served

Rating: 4

Pathways is a one of a kind organization. They not only offer opportunities for participants to socialize and take part in fun activities; but to learn how to engage and interact with others. These kinds of activities are always educational as well as enjoyable. Through these social experiences, many participants are connecting with others and overcoming fears which have held them back for years. PTI is definitely life-changing for many persons who would otherwise be isolated and lonely with only TV or video games for stimulation and entertainment.

Valerie46

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pathways offers social opportunities for people with disabilities that they normally would not have. They have awesome outings that are age appropriate for the age group. They have Social College where the clients learn appropriate social skills in meetings. These are crucial especially for those who work. Love Pathways!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I became a donor to Pathways as I saw the value of this organization to individuals and to our community. Pathways creates an environment that affirms its members and provides skill building opportunities that help in personal, social, and work areas.

My daughter has Asperger's and has been involved with Pathways for several years. She has grown in confidence in so many areas of her life. The stress that she used to experience in social situations has decreased dramatically.

St Louis can be proud that it has an organization like Pathways; it is one of kind!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pathways to Independence was a tremendous support to my daughter who has a learning disability. It provided numerous opportunities for social interaction. Craig Strobeck and his staff do a terrific job and deserve much credit

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter, who is learning disabled, has been active with Pathways for the past 20 yrs. Through them she has made good friends and has improved her social skills. The friends that she has made support each other with their similar struggles. Without the Pathways services she would not be as functional in the community. Also, because of their support, she has increased her confidence and self esteem.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been with Pathways since he was 21. He is now 33. He has a brain injury. If it wasn't for Pathways, he would not have a social life. This organization gives him opportunity to go to social events, meet people, learn social skills in a safe, fun setting away from his family. The staff at Pathways are awesome. They are truly dedicated to this poplulation of people in every way. Pathways is a much needed organization because they recognize each and everyone of their members as unique human beings who can contribute much to their community if given the opportunity. They help their members maintain a sense of belonging. They are like a family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

this organization has been a wonderful help to our son - he has Asperger's and is able to do some volunteer work in the day, but it is the chance to go out and have some social life that is a the high light of his week. There is an important role that is being served here -we all need to feel like we belong..to have fun..to see a movie or have a dinner with other folks who are in the same boat so to speak. It is this role that Pathways has opened up to our son and so many others like him.