Some of the young people at Pathways were lucky: they reached us fairly quickly. Others were out there a long time. Some are pretty sure they’re “street smart.” Others never were or could be. They’re 15 to 17 years old, now, and they’re getting another chance to be young.

They’ve been kicked out, dropped off, let go … or finally decided that anything would be better. After abuse, violence, neglect, disaster, despair — and the shock and drift of homelessness — they find themselves at Pathways.

It’s a homey place: footed pajamas have been seen. It’s a place where homework gets done and plans are made. It isn’t home — yet — but it works on love, respect, support, and wisdom.

Pathways receives funding from the City of Seattle, among other generous funders.