PATH-WAY Providing Access To Happiness

aka PATH-WAY   |   South Weymouth, MA   |  www.path-way.org

Mission

PATH-WAY is a not-for profit organization created, designed, organized and committed to elevating the lives of individuals with varying degrees of abilities. PATH-WAY provides inclusive accessible social and networking events in the New England area for individuals with physical disabilities and their families and friends.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Stephanie Zaia

Main address

90 Trotter Rd. Unit 109

South Weymouth, MA 02190 USA

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EIN

47-2699186

NTEE code info

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

PATH-WAY was created to improve social opportunities for people with physical disabilities and their families. Individualsl with disabilities in general are at greater risk of social isolation and loneliness. They face multiple obstacles that limit their ability to get out. Lack of transportation, lack of accessibility at venues or homes, financial constraints, as well as negative social stereotypes are just a few of the many limiting factors that affect individuals with disabilities.

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?

PATH-WAY Providing Access to Happiness

PATH-WAY provides inclusive social accessible events for individuals with physical disabilities, their families, and friends. Our events are physically accessible for individuals who use wheelchairs.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities
Adults

PATH-WAY provides an annual scholarship of $1000 to a high school seniors/graduates with physical disabilities from the US who are planning on pursuing post secondary studies. Applications are available online beginning in September for the following academic year.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities

PATH-WAY has established a program Providing A WAY To Help to provide financial assistance to help individuals with physical disabilities access their passion. PATH-WAY will provide grants (between $200 to $1000) to help individuals finance their dream. More information and eligibility requirements for this Fund are available on our webpage.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with physical disabilities

Related Program

PATH-WAY Providing Access to Happiness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We generally have between 20 to 30 individuals/event. Due to COVID we went virtual and had weekly sessions with an average of 10 individuals/event.

Number of new programs/program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with physical disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2017: Added Academic Scholarship 2019: Added Providing a Way to Help Fund 2020: Began Virtual Events

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with physical disabilities

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Due to COVID 19 we cancelled our fundraiser activities and multiple of our events.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our primary goal is to provide the means for individuals with physical disabilites to gather, socialize and network.

Our secondary goals include:
1. Aid individuals with physical disabilities to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities

Our organization provides monthly social events that are inclusive and accessible for individuals of various abilities.
Examples of events include: Seasonal social outings, Group events to sporting events i.e. Red Sox game, hockey game, adaptive sailing, adaptive bocce tournament.

Our organization provides an annual scholarship of $1000 to an individual with physical disabilities pursuing a post- secondary education. (We may provide an additional scholarships depending on the quality of applications received.)

Our organization provides financial aid to individuals with physical disabilities who wish to pursue "a dream."
Examples of aid provided: We have provided $1000. grants to 4 individuals who participated in EMPOWER SCI, a two week rehabilitation camp for individuals with spinal cord injuries. We have provided funding for two of our members to participate in an adaptive ski event. We have provided financial assistance for an individual to travel abroad to pursue a master's degree in disability related issues.

In order to continue to meet our goals our organization must continue to:

Seek and receive funding for our programs: So far our funding is mainly through public donations, small fundraisers, and a limited number of very generous donors. This predicted income allows us to maintain our current programs, but we will have to continue to seek financial assistance to maintain and grow our program.

Continue to OUTREACH to spread the work about our organization and its programs: We continue to grow a database of individuals who may benefit from our programs. We maintain a webpage, send out e-mails, newsletters, and keep a Facebook page to keep participants informed.

Continue to OUTREACH to schools and other organizations about our Scholarship Opportunities.

Today we are financially stable, have a dedicated board, and great excitement to maintain our mission.

We have successfully run monthly events to bring individuals with physical disabilites and their families together.
Each year our events have had increased participation and our database for participants continues to grow

We have provided six scholarships of $1000. to individuals with a physical disability attending a post-high school education since we initiated this program in 2017.

We have provided $6000. in financial assistance through our Providing a Way to Help Fund since we initiated the program in 2019.

We have added two new board members to our organization in 2020 bringing our total number of board members to five.

WHAT's NEXT:

We hope to continue with our mission to promote inclusion and participation for individuals with physical disabilities to engage in social and networking opportunities.

We hope to continue to collaborate with like organizations to share resources. (Many of our events would not be possible without the cooperation of other organizations who also share the mission of inclusion.)

We will continue to seek financial means to keep our mission a reality.

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 individuals with physical disabilities and any family members or friends who wish to participate in our social events.

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

    Suggestion box/email, Personal suggestions from individuals who come to our events.,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Due to COVID we have gone to weekly virtual events. The individuals who participate are always asked their opinions which drives the type of virtual events we have. For example, participants have offered to lead a session to include a mindfulness session, a trivia game.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

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

    The individuals we serve become more invested in PATH-WAY when they know their feedback is valued. We think of our participants as part of a community and we value their input.

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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PATH-WAY Providing Access To Happiness

Board of directors
as of 8/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Diane Zaia

Path-way Providing Access to Happiness

Term: 2019 - 2021

Stephaine Zaia

Path-way

Diane Zaia

Path-way

Mark Perry

Path-way

Robert Purcell

Path-way

Julie Beach

Path-way

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/20/2021,

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Leadership

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