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updated: Feb 19, 2011, 8:15 AM
Mission Statement: To provide comprehensive training and support services that empower people with disabilities or disadvantages to live and work as valued members of our communities.
Description and Purpose:
PathPoint is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency. For more than forty-five years, PathPoint has provided employment services, independent living programs and day programs for low-income people with special needs. Incorporated in 1964 as a nonprofit organization to provide services to people who require special assistance, PathPoint today is a leader in providing employment, day programs, and residential support services. Through person-centered planning and individual service delivery, we serve:
* people with physical disabilities (traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia, stroke, etc.)
* people with cognitive disabilities (intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders and/autism)
* people with mental illnesses (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression)
* people with economic disadvantages (low-income seniors and at-risk youth)
The South Santa Barbara Division has, altogether, 12 programs in and around the area, currently serving 326 participants, including 109 with intellectual disabilities (formerly mental retardation), 40 with Cerebral Palsy, 3 with Epilepsy, 27 with Autism, 10 with Down syndrome, 11 with hearing impairments, and 88 with other disorders. An additional 38 individuals participate in our SCSEP Program for low-income seniors.
Established in 1980, PathPoint's Mental Health Division is a separate and unique PathPoint division also in Santa Barbara. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2010, the Mental Health Division has provided short-term and long-term transitional housing and supportive services for the homeless with mental illnesses, people at risk of homelessness, and those facing substance abuse disorders (alcohol, drugs, etc.). This division has two programs: Paths to Recovery and El Carrillo. Our mental health programs currently serve 191 participants with psychiatric disorders, including 95 with Schizophrenia, 35 with Bipolar Disorder, 1 with anxiety disorders, and 60 with other psychiatric disorders disabilities.
The innovative El Carrillo initiative, a collaborative project with the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara and other partners, was designed to address the root causes of homelessness in our community. It is part of the Ten-Year Strategy to End Homelessness in Santa Barbara County. Based on the "Housing First" model, El Carrillo is the first permanent supportive housing development of its kind in Santa Barbara County. It has won various awards and was featured on a half-hour segment on public television's (KCET) California Communities with Huell Howser.
The great majority of PathPoint's participants are in the low and very low-income ranges and receive government assistance through Social Security or Supplemental Security.
PathPoint has a distinguished history of achievement, good management, and stable financial conditions. We undergo an external audit by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an independent agency. In November 2010, PathPoint achieved the CARF's highest level of award, a three-year accreditation. In August 2010, the Harrington Group (CPA) gave PathPoint an Unqualified Auditors Opinion for FY 09/10 and assigned PathPoint a "Low-Risk Audit" (only available after multiple years of favorable opinions).
What we do at PathPoint makes a difference every day. We help people with disabilities to get jobs. We help at-risk people to live independently. We help non-ambulatory people remain a part of the community. We help people with mental illness knock down barriers and shatter stereotypes. We help people reach their fullest potential. Dignity, pride, independence…that's what we care about.
PathPoint....Celebrating more than 45 years of Connecting People, Purpose & Communities
Cynthia S. Burton President/CEO
315 West Haley Street, Suite 102
Santa Barbara, CA. 93101
805.966-3310 ext. 12 (office)
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