We provide a unique Christian program dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for adults with intellectual disabilities.
We assist each individual to achieve emotional, cognitive, physical, social, and spiritual growth to his or her fullest potential.
Every day students work to grow their faith through Bible study and worship. Students enjoy sharing about God's love in our community through volunteer work and the Pathways choir. Our students' goal for the year is to read the Bible cover to cover.
Continuing education helps students to retain the skills they worked hard to learn while in school while providing an opportunity for growth. Students explore subjects like math, reading, science, art and life skills. Learning is made fun and practical by incorporating money handling and budgeting into math, or practicing reading and comprehension through the Pathways Book Club. Life skills range from the art of conversation to cooking classes with recipes students can recreate at home.
Volunteerism is an important service learning opportunity allowing students to practice a variety of skills while serving others. Students volunteer in the community each week building relationships at assisted living facilities and helping to fight hunger at the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. These activities allow students to engage with their community and practice team work.
Staying active is important for our students to live happier and healthier lives. Each day students enjoy fitness activities like stretching and dance classes. Students also have the opportunity to train for and compete in Special Olympics swimming and track and field.
Pathways was founded in June 2009 as an outgrowth of the Community of Friends Ministry of Kirk of the Hills church and thanks to the help and direction of Crystal Fulda. The great need for more programs in the Tulsa area to support adults with intellectual disabilities became apparent after countless phone calls and questions from the community. Adults with intellectual disabilities needed a place to live happier, healthier and more meaningful lives after high school graduation, so Pathways Adult Learning Center was first formed as a ministry of The Kirk with only 7 students attending 12 hours per week. Due to tremendous growth, Pathways became its own 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2015 and now operates 40 hours per week, serving more than 60 students.
Meet Our Staff
Jessie Bennett, President
Scott Burnett, Vice President
Ben Gray, Treasurer
Janet Halbert, Secretary