Pathways provides free opportunities, for those in health crisis, to examine healing possibilities in a safe, warm, & nurturing environment.
Mission & Goals
Pathways’ mission is to provide resources and services for people with life-threatening illness to explore and experience complementary healing approaches. Pathways strives to give participants a safe, warm, creative and nurturing environment in which they can examine the possibilities of healing in their lives. Pathways’ leaders believe that even when physical recovery is remote, healing can occur at the physiological, emotional and spiritual levels.
On an annual basis, Pathways:
- Offers more than 10,000 free healing sessions, of which more than 2,500 are one-to-one healing sessions
- Implements 8,000+ hours of free services to participants
- Coordinates scheduling for more than 160 caring, licensed and certified, volunteer providers
Each month, Pathways registers as many as 30 new participants—people who have been newly diagnosed with a serious health problem, their family members, and/or their caregivers. An additional 1,000- 1,500 individuals from Pathways and the greater community take part in speaker events and workshops each year.
Pathways offers 50-60 different programs and classes each month, including:
- Complementary healing treatments, including massage, acupressure, healing touch, or other energy-based therapies.
- Group sessions including guided imagery, meditation, yoga, tai chi, qigong, artwork, dance/movement, and other whole-person healing practices.
Among Pathways participants, 85% experience decreased pain; 87% feel less anxious; 89% feel healthier; 90% feel more energetic; 91% feel more positive about their situation; 92% report that they were better able to cope; 93% report an enhanced quality of life; and 94% feel more hopeful.
Annual Message from Pathways' Executive Director, Tim Thorpe
We all know people who are facing - or who have faced - a tough illness or situation in life - perhaps the person who is struggling most is looking back at you from the mirror. However, resiliency of the human condition chooses to arrive in many forms.
Leaning Into It
Brene Brown, a well-known research professor, has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. She has a powerful quote as follows: “Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” One might translate this as ‘leaning into the pain to find healing’ but however you might choose to define it, it supports the notion that we all have that capability of true resilience deep-seated within us.
At Pathways, resiliency presents itself in spoken words of self-discovery and meaning, whether in a one-on-one session or group class; it appears through the unspoken but powerful radiance of a smile long forgotten or tears of joy. Resiliency forms in the bond between participant and provider, the latter of whom often find their own clarity and resilience through their healing gift of care and presence. I spoke recently to people experiencing cancer and their caregivers. When I told them that Pathways provides equal care and priority to caregivers, the reactions were palpable, through glances exchanged between the couples, heads held high and in some cases, bowed. But to my eyes, these were reactions reflective of resiliency, not defeat.