By Katie Chappell
Pathways to Healing is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, incorporated in 1983. One of 15 rape crisis centers in South Carolina, Pathways to Healing’s mission is to end violence through advocacy, education, and supportive services and offers its services in Newberry, Richland, Lexington, Clarendon, and Sumter counties.
Their team of highly trained staff and advocates are ready to serve survivors of violence from all walks of life at all stages of the healing process. They recognize how hard it can be to get help, so Pathways to Healing offers a range of programs and services to meet you where you are in the healing process. All of PTH’s services are confidential and provided at no cost to survivors and their loved ones. Services include a 24-hour hotline and hospital accompaniment, crisis intervention and counseling, and legal advocacy.
Not only does Pathways to Healing provide support services, but they prioritize prevention education, as well, as they believe it is the key to creating a community free from violence. Their programs focus on primary prevention, teach ways to stop violence before it happens, and offer ways for groups and individuals to learn how they can be part of the solution. From one-time sessions to in-depth training, PTH’s curricula are age-appropriate, meet state and national standards, and employ evidence-based practices.
Each year, Pathways to Healing hosts Walk A Mile in Our Shoes, a community-supported walk that raises money and awareness for violence survivors. This year’s event was a great success with the organization raising $75,683 to directly impact the community through services and education.
If you would like to learn more about Pathways to Healing, donate, or volunteer, please visit their website at PathwaysToHealing.com. They are always looking for passionate, enthusiastic volunteers to join their mission, and donations are incredibly appreciated.