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Pathways to Independence

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Abuse for Young Women

Los Alamitos, CA   |  www.pathwaystoindependence.org

Mission

Pathways to Independence is committed to transforming the lives of single young women from disadvantaged backgrounds through education, therapy, mentoring, housing, and healthcare, to break the cycle of poverty and abuse. Coming from diverse backgrounds of neglect, violence, foster care, and homelessness, Pathways to Independence participants work towards becoming self-sufficient members of society, obtaining a college education, healing, and empowerment.

Notes from the nonprofit

We will are in the middle of a strategic planning process to be completed in June 2023.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Mrs. Diana D Hill

Main address

P.O. Box 43

Los Alamitos, CA 90720 USA

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EIN

33-0148082

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pathways to Independence

Pathways to Independence is a comprehensive program providing education, health care, counseling, mentoring, housing and automotive support to women living below the poverty level. While in receipt of this support, these young women commit to a program of education that will lead them to social and financial independence.Currently 45-50 young women are in the program, all who have suffered poverty. 70% are recovering from chemical dependency, 60% have experienced sexual abuse and have specialized therapists treating that issue and about 60% of our clients have experienced homelessness. Clients remain in the Pathways program approximately 3-5 years, the large majority receiving a Bachelor's degree.Since inception, Pathways to Independence  has operated with a relatively high program efficiency ratio (program services / total expenses), which averages 80%.  This reflects the tremendous contributions from close to 300 volunteers.  No one who serves on the Board of Directors receive any remuneration.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

Where we work

Awards

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Pathways to Independence

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Raymond Cervantez

Farmers & Merchants Bank

Term: 2021 - 2022

Lisa Fluke

Executive Legal Assistant

Nikki Harris

MFT

Tracey Hutton

Retired Nurse

Jerry Green

Community Volunteer

Raymond Cervantes

Banker

Anita Beltran-Sutt

Banker

Sharon Dickson

LCSW

Joseph Dzida

Attorney

Lindsay Mais

Financial Planner

Christina Stricklin

Pathways Alumni

Sylvia Hendron

CDF

Leslie Wulff

Business Woman

Robert Casares

Insurance Agent

Ana C Lopez

Division Officer for Long Beach

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
cuban
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2024

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.