November 2022
November 2022

A Message from the President & CEO
I am so thankful for the individuals we have had the privilege of serving this past year! 2022 has been a year of change and expansion. As the pandemic recovery continued, we saw needs grow, costs increase, housing inventory shrink, and mental health resources stretched. Our team continued to adapt with grace, while providing outstanding services that promote health and stability for the individuals we serve. 
 
Under the umbrella of our new 5-year Strategic Plan, our team bolstered our culture of excellence while embracing our values: Partnership, Respect, Integrity, Diversity Equity Inclusion Justice (DEIJ), and Empowerment. We now approach all our work with an equity lens to better guide and understand its impact. As part of this process, we develop solutions with sensitivity to questions such as: will this lessen or exacerbate existing disparities? Does it result in systemic change? What is the potential for unintentional impact? 
 
We started transitioning to a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), preparing to say goodbye to Brenda Brennan, a long-time leader and advocate for Pathways, and to welcome Bob Clements an experienced CPA with a background in corporate and nonprofit accounting. He will be leading the finances of a nonprofit that provides a living wage to all employees.  
 
Our culture and emphasis on our employees contributed to Pathway Homes being named one of the nation’s Best NonProfits to Work For; and makes it possible to grow our reach to people marginalized by poverty and inequity. This past year, we did so with new contracts, new ideas, and a larger footprint that extended into Washington D.C. 
 
Our team was awarded a contract to expand permanent supportive housing services to serve more people with serious mental illnesses in Fairfax County, City of Alexandria, and Prince William County. In this state-sponsored regional role, Pathways secures and manages affordable permanent housing and supplements the case management and other social services provided by the local Community Service Boards for 200 people. 
 
Increasingly, we are also working to bring our effective and efficient permanent housing and support services model to Washington, D.C. Through a new three-year contract with the District’s Department of Human Services, we are connecting homeless adults and families with affordable permanent housing and support services. Recognizing that this population is often transient, we are focusing on broad outreach and engagement of unsheltered or precariously housed individuals and families that meet the eligibility criteria for the city’s Permanent Supported Housing program. 
 
This contract with the District complements work Pathways is already doing to help identify unsheltered people in DC. With a grant from Kaiser Permanente earlier in the year, Pathway Homes hired a trained homeless outreach specialist who goes directly to where unsheltered individuals are living, enters them into the District’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and navigates the process to quickly match them to housing and services.  
 
Our work also extends beyond the Virginia and DC community to help those living in the greater Orlando area, where more than 5,000 people face homelessness. Our growing efforts in partnership with the Central Florida Homeless Services Network are helping move individuals from homelessness into permanent stable housing using local and federal funds. 
 
Ensuring people struggling with behavioral health challenges live their best lives is an investment in the health of the whole community. That investment begins with those we serve, our staff, volunteers, and board, and extends to each of you who continue to invest in our agency! Each one of us may be limited by our ability, but collectively our persistence can change the community in which we live. It takes a village to achieve our mission, and we are fortunate to have you as part of our village! 
Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, EdD, LCSW, LSATP, MAC
EVENT: Annual Steps to Pathways Breakfast
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our annual Steps to Pathway's Breakfast! It was a great success thanks to all the attendees, awardees, and supporters. We also had the support of our virtual attendees! Through your efforts, we have raised over $175,000 in support of our mission to provide affordable housing and supportive services for individuals with serious mental illnesses and other co-occurring disabilities.
Dwight Robinson, Vice-Chair of the Pathway Homes Board of Directors, opened the event with his captivating voice, drawing everyone's attention to the podium. As we sat down and enjoyed a delightful breakfast, each speaker passionately spoke about the importance of our organization's mission. 
We applaud Congressman Connolly for his efforts in advocating for the needs of individuals living with mental illnesses. None of us can do it alone and collaboration plays a critical role in meeting the growing need in the community.
 
By holding the Steps to Pathway's breakfast, we hope to showcase the dedication of our stakeholders while spreading our message.

Click the following link to see Fairfax County Times covering our event: Fairfax Times
Below are award recipients from the 2022 event:
Joyce Flynn Award - Michelle Krocker
Michelle Krocker received the Joyce Flynn award. This lifetime achievement award is given to an individual who has shown their dedication to the community. Ms. Krocker is pictured with Ms. Sharon McHale, Pathway Homes Board member, and Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, Pathway Homes President and CEO. 
Corporate Citizen Award -
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Kimberly Harris on behalf of our sponsor, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, received the Corporate Citizen Award. The Corporate Citizen Award is given to a company that has exemplified its corporate social responsibility when it comes to caring for those with mental illnesses and in need of supportive affordable housing. Ms. Harris is pictured with Ms. Angie Garcia Lathrop, Pathway Homes Board member, and Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, Pathway Homes President and CEO. 
Spirit of Hope Award - Chairman Jeff McKay
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay received the Spirit of Hope Award. The Spirit of Hope Award is given to a leader who has proven to be a beacon of hope to those living with mental illnesses. In his acceptance speech, he emphasized the importance of housing for all! Chairman McKay is pictured with Mr. Dan Gray, Pathway Homes Board member, and Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, Pathway Homes President and CEO.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Advocate
Catherine Riddell
Opportunity Builder
Alloy Family Foundation
Pathfinder
Mr. John Flynn
Journey
Properties
First Step
Jennifer McGarey,
Pathway Homes Board Member
Other Sponsors
Patrick Chaing,
Chairman,
Pathway Homes Board of Directors
Dwight Robinson,
Vice-Chairman,
Pathway Homes Board of Directors

Farhim Zar,
Treasurer,
Pathway Homes Board of Directors
Sharon McHale,
Pathway Homes Board of Directors

Dr. Ramesh Singh,
Pathway Homes Board of Directors
In-Kind Sponsors

Dara Aldridge,
Pathway Homes Board Member
Farhim Zar,
Treasurer,
Pathway Homes Board of Directors
We thank our sponsors, speakers, attendees, and Chantilly National Golf and Country Club for making this event possible! We look forward to enjoying another breakfast with you in 2023!
In Her Own Words:  Health is Wealth
Greetings of peace! My name is Yerusalem (Yeru). I live in Alexandria, VA near the Burke Branch library and within walking distance of an Aldi. For a little more than one year, I have worked part-time as a Library Aide in the Alexandria Library system close to the people and places I love.  
 
I earned a master’s degree in library science from The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC. I love libraries. In ancient Egypt, some libraries had a sign on the door that said, “The Healing Place for the Soul.” The library is where communities connect to valuable resources and treasured perspectives. Healing is possible. It helps to be fully expressed or self-actualized. I am a work-in-progress. I find joy in serving others.  
 
I am also a writer. I self-publish poetry and short stories on interfaith themes. I have a habit of blogging, and I dabble in photography. I thrive in environments that welcome creativity, but I sometimes struggle with finances (i.e., making ends meet). 
 
I am blessed to take advantage of the affordable housing program through Pathway Homes. I have lived in my current apartment since 2016. The staff is kind and supportive. They are a major part of the reason for my success. 
 
Health is wealth! I may not be a millionaire, but I believe every soul is of infinite worth. I pray mental health advocacy will lead to more supportive housing units for people diagnosed with a mental health condition. People in the process of recovery can greatly benefit from efforts to improve their psychosocial care. Practicing independence or dare I say, interdependence is a key factor in long-term health, because it teaches the value of responsibility and accountability. I know what it’s like to leave the hospital and worry, “Where will I live?” Everyone needs secure, stable housing. This can only happen to people like me, when someone is willing to invest in them; when policies are enacted that demonstrate empathy and compassion for hardworking individuals. That’s what the people of Pathway Homes did for me; they invested in me and my well-being. Now I cook, clean, and create a presence—online and actual—all from the comfort of my home. It’s the best of both worlds: private and public. Please google me or find me on Amazon to see what I’ve been up to. I’d be honored to make your acquaintance. 
 
In the future, I hope to continue to work and volunteer in local libraries. My favorite tasks include conducting reference interviews, issuing library cards at the circulation desk, cataloging items to expand the collection, archiving historical records, teaching ESL, storytelling to diverse groups of children, and performing research, like doing oral histories.  
 
Thank you for your time and attention. I wish you success and happiness in this life and the next.  
Pathway Homes to Connect More Homeless DC Residents with Housing and Services 
New Contract Complements and Expands Pathway's Work in District 
In July 2022, Pathway Homes received a three-year contract with DC’s Department of Human Services to connect homeless adults and families with affordable permanent housing and services. 
 
“Helping more people find housing is important for stabilizing lives and communities. We look forward to using our expertise to ensure more unsheltered people get the housing and services they need to reclaim their lives,” explained Pathway Homes CEO Sylisa Lambert-Woodard. “This new contract expands on the outreach work we started earlier this year in DC that helps people living on the streets to get added to the city’s comprehensive, real-time list of people experiencing homelessness, so they can qualify for housing and services.” 
 
In collaboration with the District’s Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, Pathways will serve homeless individuals and families throughout DC in areas where the greatest need is identified. Recognizing that this population is often transient, Pathway Homes will focus on broad outreach, location, and engagement of unsheltered or precariously housed individuals and families that meet the eligibility criteria for the city’s Permanent Supportive Housing program.   
 
Case managers will be trained to screen and enter homeless individuals and families directly into the city and HUD’s databases to help them establish eligibility for subsidized units. Pathways’ licensed clinicians will help eligible individuals and families to complete required documentation, assess, and provide accurate diagnoses needed to establish disability. Case managers will also support individuals in applying for housing subsidies, connect them to landlords accepting these subsidies, and advocate on their behalf to remove or minimize potential housing barriers. The emphasis will be on finding housing that is accessible to local community amenities and public transportation as well as support services.   
 
Once housed, Pathways will provide housing stabilization services to ensure continued success, including ongoing clinical assessments; education on medications and psychiatric illnesses; care coordination; skills training in money management, personal care and care of personal space, safety, interpersonal skills, computer and internet use, and transportation; training and support in adhering to terms of a lease or pursuing more independent housing; and more. 
 
This contract complements work Pathways is already doing to help locate unsheltered people in DC. With a grant from Kaiser Permanente earlier in the year, Pathway Homes hired a trained outreach specialist who goes directly to where unsheltered individuals are living to enter them into the Homeless Management information System and help them navigate the process to get quickly matched to housing and services. This new grant will move Pathways’ efforts in DC from housing location and navigation to housing stabilization.  
Winter Renovations at the West Ox Garden  
This September, Fannie Mae volunteers generously dedicated time to our West Ox community garden for landscaping, expansion, and beautification! A total of eighteen individuals worked as a team to renovate the garden ahead of the winter season. Although it was a hot, summer day, the heat did not discourage them from the overall objective. They tackled the many projects in front of them and managed to complete them all on schedule.  
 
The volunteers enthusiastically expanded the garden lot, repaired, and repainted the pergola, and even created a beautiful seating area for residents to enjoy. Their service resulted in a stunning garden, and donated equipment to maintain upkeep.  
 
Pathway Homes, Inc. is always delighted to have Fannie Mae volunteers working in our gardens. They were able to improve the accessibility and appeal of the garden site for the West Ox residents. With the help of each volunteer, residents will be able to enjoy their garden all year long!   
Pathway Homes Names Bob Clements as CFO
Clements takes over for Retiring CFO Brenda Brennan 
Pathway Homes has named Bob Clements as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the growing, regional nonprofit. Clements reports directly to Sylisa Lambert-Woodard and takes over from long-time CFO Brenda Brennan, who is retiring after 32 years with Pathway Homes. 
 
“We welcome Bob to the team. Our role in helping solve homelessness is growing and is more important than ever. Bob’s expertise in leading accounting and finance will help keep us moving forward to meet our community’s needs,” explained Pathway Homes CEO Sylisa Lambert-Woodard. “We thank Brenda who has been an integral part of our team through the formative years, ensuring that our nonprofit was positioned to effectively serve our clients. She is leaving a legacy that helped thousands, and we wish her a wonderful retirement.” 
 
Clements is a detail oriented and progressive thinker with years of experience in corporate and non-profit accounting of various sizes, and diverse companies and not-for-profit associations. In this role, Clements will oversee administrative and accounting personnel, ensuring regulatory compliance of financial, program, human resource management and personnel policies. As a member of the leadership team, he will work directly with the CEO and Board of Directors in the strategic operations of the organization, which owns, leases, and manages over 500 properties in Northern Virginia to help those facing homelessness. 
 
Most recently, he served as CFO of Knollwood Retirement Community in Washington, DC where he managed the accounting, financial and IT functions for an established Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) serving military officers, high level government employees and their immediate families. Prior to that, he was controller for Dworbell, Inc. where he managed the accounting, IT, and membership services for not-for-profit association clients. He also served as CFO and assistant treasurer at Vinson Hall Retirement Community/Navy, Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation, where he helped manage a $9 million renovation to existing facilities and an $86 million expansion. Clements is a CPA and received his B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Virginia Tech.   
 
Clements joins Pathway Homes during a period of growth as the nonprofit expands its work into Washington, DC to help locate unsheltered individuals and families in DC and get them into housing. In collaboration with the District’s Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, Pathways will serve homeless individuals and families throughout DC in areas where the greatest need is identified.  
Pathway Homes in Alexandria, Fairfax, and Prince William Awarded New Contract to Further Aid People with Mental Illness
Kevin Daunray, of The Zebra Press, featured Pathway Homes receiving a contract expansion for permanent supportive housing services. Click the following link to read more: The Zebra Press
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