1. What is Pathways?

Pathways is a non-profit, registered charity, whose mission is “To assist people with disabilities to reach their individual goals and contribute as equal members of community”.

2. What type of services does Pathways provide?

– Activity Services: Assist people to volunteer, get jobs, and participate in community recreation and leisure activities.

– Integrated Career Opportunities (ICO): Assist people to find and maintain jobs.

– Social Ventures: Assist people to work in community through social enterprises.

– Home Share Services: Assist people to live in community. We have one home and 19 apartment subsidies.

– Individualized Funding (IF): Assist people to do what they or their microboard want them to do. This is directed by the contract with the person or their microboard.

– Travel Club: Assist people to travel.

3. Who does Pathways provide services to?

Pathways provides services to adults and youth with diverse-abilities.

4. How do you get services from Pathways?

Pathways contracts with Community Living BC (CLBC), microboards, families and individuals. To access our general services, a referral must be sent to Pathways from CLBC. Please call 250-861-7266. Microboards, families and individuals with their own money can purchase services directly through Pathways. Please call 250-763-4837 or email ed@pathwayskelowna.ca.

5. What does non-profit mean?

What is the difference between a non-profit and a non profit that is a registered charity? The definition from Revenue Canada is a “non-profit organization (NPO) is a club, society, or association that’s organized and operated solely for: social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure or recreation and any other purpose except profit”. A non-profit that is a registered charity “must spend a minimum amount on its own charitable activities or as gifts to qualified donors”. This means that all the money Pathways receives is used to provide services, in our case to people with diverse-abilities. People who donate to our society over $20.00 can receive a tax receipt.

6. Why use diverse-ability instead of developmental disability?

Because people who have been labeled prefer the term and feel it better describes who they are as it relates to disability. ALWAYS refer to the person first.

7. Is Pathways still raising money for a building?

YES. Even though we have a new building we still have to finish paying for it.

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