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Haywood Pathways Center

Haywood Pathways Center is a faith based 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization in Haywood County that provides adult and family emergency shelter, halfway house for men and women recently released from prison, short term residential program for individuals seeking life transformation and soup kitchen providing free meals to those living in the shelter and within our community. Our services are open to anyone in Haywood County regardless of age, race, gender, religion or nationality. No one who is sober and drug free is turned away for a short stay, but participation in the short term residential program requires the commitment to participate in a program, or programs, of Christ centered rehabilitation.
Programs offered include:
    Adult Emergency Shelter
    Family Emergency Shelter
    Halfway House
    Short Term Residential Program
    3 day program
    21 day program
    6 month Discipleship program
    Community Kitchen

The Haywood Pathways Center operates as a Halfway House for residents of Haywood County that are coming out of incarceration. While in the halfway house guests will go through classes that will help develop and strengthen their job skills and life skills. While in the halfway house they will do volunteer work at various non- profits to work on their work skills and communication skills. An intensive outpatient plan for substance abuse is implemented as needed.

3 Day Program
Initial Intake
Guests will receive up to 3 nights lodging upon admission to the Haywood Pathways Center. After 3 days the director will work with them to evaluate which options are the best solution for their needs. Guests may be invited to join a program of extended stay at the Haywood Pathways Center, or we may assist them in obtaining other avenues of assistance. If Guests are in a program and stay out overnight without permission, they will not be allowed back for 10 days. During the 3-day period, Guests will work on getting their identifications if they don’t have them.  Guests will be required to do dorm chores during their 3 day stay.  Guests will meet with the director on day 3 to discuss their continued stay at the Haywood Pathways Center.

21 Day Program
Program Goals
The program our guest are entering is a program designed to assist them in learning what the Bible says concerning their life and possible relationship with God.
The Bible says:
• God wants to reconcile them to Himself through their trust and commitment in his Son, Jesus Christ.
• Daily personal Bible study and application of Biblical principles lead to wholeness in a person’s life.
This program lasts three weeks. An extension of stay or acceptance into another program depends on their satisfactory progress in and completion of this program.
If Guest leave prematurely without completing this program, they will be disqualified from returning to the shelter for 10 days!
Their Commitment:
1. I will be diligent in completing all Bible studies and assigned work. I will be on time and prepared for my regular counseling sessions.
2. I will take whatever action is required on my part to complete the entire 21 day program.
3. I will meet with the Director to fill out the Empowerment Commitment Contract.
4. I will spend the daytime hours working or looking for full-time work. I will discuss employment opportunities with the program Director prior to accepting new employment.
5. I will sign up for and attend classes at Meridian. I will provide the Director with a list of said classes.
6. I will use the resources of Career Connections to the fullest. I will attend their workshops on how to develop job retention skills while I am seeking employment.
7. I will apply for a minimum of 10 jobs per week.
8. I will volunteer at various non-profits within the area to work on job skills and communication.
9. On day 14 I will make an appointment with the Director to complete the VI-SPDAT form for housing.
10. I will be cooperative with all volunteer staff and personnel.
11. I will not use profanity or abusive language at any time or in any situation during this program.
12. I will keep staff informed about where I am going, who I will be with, and when I will return.
13. I will not keep or use an unauthorized motor vehicle.
14. I will not use any non-prescription drug (alcohol, meth, marijuana, cocaine, etc.) nor will I abuse or misuse any medication prescribed for me.
15. I will attend devotions each night and attend a local church on Sunday.
16. I will open a savings account to deposit the majority of my earnings, if I am working.
I understand that my residence at the Haywood Pathways Center depends on my willingness to follow the above program standards with a positive attitude.

Discipleship Program
The Discipleship Program is a voluntary program designed to assist our guest in learning what the Bible says concerning their life and relationship with God. The goal of the program is to show from the Bible how God wants to reconcile them to Himself through their trust and commitment to His Son, Jesus Christ, and to show how daily personal Bible study and application of Biblical principals will meet the essentials needs for their life. The Christian life is about more than a one-time decision or having their name on the roster at a church. It is about living a life that glorifies Jesus and drawing others to choose to live for Him as well. The discipleship program teaches about a Christian life.
Any extensions of our guest length of stay depend fully upon satisfactory progress in this program. If they leave prematurely before completing all of the six-month period, they will not be allowed to return to the center for 45 days.
    I will read at least one to two pages per day from the books provided. I realize that I need to work daily to keep pace.
    I will keep up with the pace of the material in order to finish the materials within the time frame(s) provided.
    I will follow all of the rules of the Center and this program. I will set the example before other residents.
    I will be cooperative with all volunteers and staff.
    I will attend Devotions each night and be active in a local Bible-believing church on Sunday.
    I will hold down full-time work.
    I will open a savings account at a local bank and deposit the majority of my earnings in that account.
    I will be active in looking for housing solutions.
    I will not use profanity or vulgar language while I am in this program.
    If I have not found work by this time, I will attend Lifeworks weekly.
    I will continue to use the resources at Career Connections to find employment.
    I will continue to attend classes at Meridian.
    I will not use alcohol or illegal drugs or any medicine that is not prescribed to me.
    I will not keep or use an unauthorized motor vehicle.
    I will keep the staff advised of where I am going, who I will be with, and when I’ll return.
    I will meet with my supervisor or the program director once a week to review my finances and my progress in the program.
    I will follow these standards to the best of my ability.

The Haywood Pathways Center has, on campus, a full dining room and kitchen facility.  Guests staying at Haywood Pathways Center have the availability for three meals a day.  Breakfast is cooked each morning by a team made up of guests that are staying at HPC.  Guests sign up the previous night at dinner if they need a bag lunch to take out with them during the day. At 6PM each evening, 7 days a week, an evening meal is prepared and served to guests and is open to the public as well. There is no charge to the public for the evening meal, although contributions are accepted and appreciated.  This meal is prepared and served by various community and church groups.  This meal is also open to the community as well.

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1 Comment

  1. Asa
    Jul 24, 2019Reply
    It's a great place to start over with the right foot. Of course isn't perfect, because is after the people whom ask for the opportunity to have a new start. My point is that: if you need help, don't spect a 5 stars a accommodation, spect to clean after your self, have in mind you will be leaving with several people without to much privacy, and always have extra care of your belongs. Thanks to all the staff for all your support and understanding; to give me a head, food, ruff, and protection, from harm and weather, and a ear to my problems. I'll will never forget all your support trou the worse time in my life. Hope never back as a resident, but as a supporter of the great place that you are.

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