Volunteers are desperately needed to provide all that is done at PATHway Family Center. We have been able to operate on a very small budget because we do not have any paid staff. All of our volunteers are dedicated, trained, and love God so they do not view what they do at PATHway as “work”. We are truly blessed by those currently giving of their time, but more are needed. There are several ways you can volunteer. One is working with visitors by presenting the gospel message of salvation and going over a short orientation with all first time visitors, and interacting with repeat visitors and children. Another area in need of volunteers is in the sorting area, simply sorting clothes and displaying them on racks so our many shoppers have a good selection. Please call us or email us if you would like more information on helping. We are also excited to be a place where students who have been assigned to community service work by the Anchorage Youth Court for minor offenses choose to serve their time at PATHway Family Center.
Our vision when we first started PATHway was that by being out in the community and offering things to families for free, whether it is someone to talk to or clothing, people would come through our doors and thus present us with the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. We accept everyone unconditionally, counsel them nonjudgmentally, and care enough to share the love God has for them and the relationship He so desires with each of us. We offer prayer, diapers, Bibles, social service referrals, pregnancy tests, and church referrals, and encourage church attendance. This is why we believe churches would love to support a place like PATHway both financially and in prayer. Churches are very busy providing for and funding the many programs for their people. However, there is a vast unchurched community and these people are not being reached.
Partnering with churches and the community for financial support will enable us to continue offering these vital services to the public for free and provide countless opportunities to minister to the lost and hurting of our city.
Cost for Services: Coffee and snacks, Bibles, peer counseling, prayer support, the Play Area, perishable food items, diapers, and miscellaneous items frequently available such as baby items (pack-n-plays, baby tubs, bouncies, saucer chairs, etc.) are still offered free of charge. However, beginning in December, 2013 it became necessary to institute a $2.00 shopping fee. Shopping fee includes 2 bags per household, per month, first come first served basis, items available depends on donations received. The shopping fee is limited to the shopping area of the Center, which includes all clothing, household goods, and non-perishable food items.
Funding is sought from individuals, churches, and corporate entities. Volunteers are vital to keep costs down and to promote a variety of community and church input.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, and are registered in the State of Alaska as a non-profit entity. We are in need of financial donations for operating expenses. In-kind donations of office supplies, coffee, furniture, clothing, diapers, formula, Bibles and Bible studies, Christian videos and reading materials, and other items are desperately needed and appreciated.
Meet our volunteers!
Ann Pilch – Center Operations, Counselor – As PATHway’s Director of Center Operations, Ann decides where everything should go to facilitate ease of shopping and comfort for visitors. She counsels, greets visitors, and has a gentle spirit as she explains the few rules we have at the Center. Ann coordinates volunteers, cleans, and is constantly putting things back into their proper place after a busy day of shoppers.
Rexann Bassler – Administrative Operations, Counselor – As the director of Administrative Operations, Rexann divides her time between administrative tasks such as accounting, databases, newsletters, and meeting, greeting, and counseling visitors.
Pat Rose – Sorter, Counselor, Greeter – Pat Rose is a very busy retired psychiatric nurse and works in the community in various capacities. She was a counselor at the Crisis Pregnancy Center for 8 years, and is currently working in the prison ministry with Kairos International, as well as volunteering at Salvation Army once a week. Pat is a vital addition to our PATHway team as she greets visitors, shares God’s love in word and deed, sorts donations, cleans, serves coffee, and prays with those in need.
Community Service Volunteers – PATHway Family Center is honored that so many have chosen the Center to work out their community service hours. We have met many people, young and old, that have blessed us as they work with a cheerful attitude as they complete hours assigned to them for various offenses via the court system and/or Anchorage Youth Court. Some students have performed community service as part of their Christian school curriculum requirements, church youth groups, or other organizations, just to enhance their resume, or homeschooled kids desiring to serve the community.