In 2009, a group of concerned citizens began praying and talking extensively about Greenwood’s need for a homeless shelter that could serve both the city and its surrounding neighborhoods. As they began talking among themselves, and with others, more and more people began to realize the important local challenge presented by homelessness.
In the winter of 2010, St. Mark UMC and 170 sacrificial volunteers opened a cold weather shelter that operated each night the temperature dropped below 40 degrees.
In the winter of 2011, Main Street UMC opened their doors to provide cold weather shelter for women and children. However, the church found this to be a challenging process and the women’s shelter services were eventually discontinued.
To a building
In 2013, Pathway purchased part of the Abney Memorial Baptist campus and renovated it for a men’s shelter. The new shelter absorbed the ministry of St. Mark UMC and partnered with them to maintain our volunteers.
To Furnishing a Future
In 2014, Pathway House began its Furnishing a Future program where clients can learn job skills and discipline. A United Way partnership underwrites this program that provides the work experience necessary to build resumes and an opportunity to save money.
To a crisis shelter
In 2014, Ken Kelly came on board and began the process of transitioning to a Men’s Crisis Shelter offering year round services to men. The original facility only had 10 beds.
In 2016, Pathway renovated the education wing of the former church building to create a new 30 bed dormitory for men.
To a shelter for women
In 2017, Pathway opened the Shelter for Women and Mothers with Children. This facility has 12 beds for women and 6 for children provided they are accompanied by their mother.
In 2018, Pathway purchased the old Davis Buick building on South Main Street. The building is currently being converted into a thrift store that will create another revenue source for the ministry.
The store is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2019.
Looking to the future…
Pathway is planning to build a new 40 bed Shelter for Women and Mothers with Children to accommodate the great numbers of women and mothers with children that do not have adequate housing.
The current women’s shelter will be converted into transitional housing and a place for homeless individuals to receive home health care.