After high school there are limited opportunities for these adults. Working isn’t always an option and, for many, their days are spent alone at home. Because of their disabilities many can’t drive to go to the movies, meet up with friends for a gym workout, or just do what adults typically do. It can be incredibly isolating. This time of quarantine has reflected the reality that many adults with intellectual disabilities in our communities face. We have had only the tiniest taste of what it feels like to be isolated at home, not being able to see our friends or go to work, and feeling like the situation is outside of our control. Imagine if this brief quarantine period was your permanent reality. Pathways was born to do away with isolation being the norm and to instead, create more opportunities for meaningful living for this marginalized population.
For 11 years, Pathways has been dedicated to creating a place of community, continuing education, volunteerism, Bible study and worship, and good old fun. Students have a great sense of belonging at Pathways, of having something that’s separate from their parents and caregivers that is all their own, and they get to have a wide variety of experiences and adventures! From competing in Special Olympics and winning countless medals to visiting museums and art galleries in the Tulsa area, Pathways students get to experience all of the wonders life has to offer.
Pathways has grown so much during these years, now serving more than 65 students and creating an online program that we hope to continue even after our physical doors open again. While this time of quarantine has been hard, it has served as a reminder of why our mission is so important and why we must continue to serve these students and strive to serve them better each day. We’re so grateful for all the Lord has provided our program throughout this journey. And we thank you for all you have given and continue to give to help these students thrive.