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 disadvantaged, single young women 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 through obtaining a college education, healing and becoming empowered.

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)

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Our programs

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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

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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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve single young women ages 18-35, with no dependents, who are pursuing higher education. The women we serve all come from backgrounds of surviving abuse, neglect, violence and homelessness.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Due to a suggestion and obvious need pointed out by a current client, we created a COVID safe study lounge, a safe communal space for our clients to study, equipped with internet, coffee and snacks.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    They guide the process and guide the service delivery and expectations, both for us on how to serve clients better, and how to make our process more accessible to clients so they can utilize our program well.

  • 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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Pathways to Independence

Board of directors
as of 4/21/2022
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

Max Estrada

Program Director

Board leadership practices

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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? Not applicable
  • 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 04/18/2022

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