Both shelters provide a safe place to stay and the support needed to transition from life on the streets to ongoing self-sufficiency. By October of 2017 the Shelter for Women and Mothers with Children was operating at full capacity. Hence, Pathway began looking for a way to develop additional income streams to support an expansion of beds and homeless services for mothers and their children.
After considerable deliberation, the prospect of supplementary income generated by a thrift store operation sounded appealing to the Pathway board of directors. An opportunity soon arose, thanks be to God, for Pathway to purchase a large tract adjacent to its campus.
Many Greenwood natives would recognize this property as the former home of the Davis Buick auto dealership, with its large building on South Main Street—ideal for a thrift store— and providing an appealing and highly visible presence for the ministry on a busy thoroughfare.
At this point, Pathway’s venerable executive director, Ken Kelly, saw this as an appropriate time to pass the torch to a younger CEO, who could shepherd the expanding Pathway House ministry into the future. After an extensive executive search, the Board asked Anthony Price (Executive Director at Haywood Christian Ministry in Waynesville, NC) to come in as its new lead executive, so that Ken Kelly could begin his transition to retirement.
Coming on board in October of 2018, Anthony immediately began the strategic planning process to expand the ministry to meet the needs of the homeless in our area.
Pathway received their first GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency in October of 2018 and their accreditation from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability in November of 2018.