Pathway Services is a community-integrated day program providing life-long learning opportunities for autistic and intellectually disabled individuals, 18 years of age and older. We currently operate out of two locations; York and Hanover.
Pathway Services promotes the development of each individual’s uniqueness and individuality, enabling them to become more independent and productive members of the community. The staff seeks to identify interests, build skills and assist each person on their own “path to potential." Participants work on outcomes that help them to achieve life goals that are important to them as individuals. Pathway Services provides daily training and activities in the following areas: technology/computer skills, the arts (visual, music, drama, and crafts), domestic and life skills, healthy life-styles (including exercise), volunteering, and community outings. In addition, our staff works with small groups of individuals in areas such as sensory awareness as well as cognitive, social, communication, and leisure skills.
While the overall Pathway program excels in many ways, there are several elements of the Pathway program that have established it as a recognized “best in class” day program.
The Fine Arts Program has been developed to provide individuals with the opportunity to express their artistic abilities through musical and artistic instruction. It is comprised of several areas of focus.
The Visual Arts program. This program unlocks the hidden artistic gifts and talents within our special artists. Once unlocked, the individuals are able to create breathtaking “masterpieces” while building self confidence and achieving an overall sense of accomplishment. Learn more about this ministry
The Music program. At the center of this program is our bell choir, the Hosanna Ringers. This ensemble of special needs men and ladies performs a variety of hymns and seasonal music in venues as diverse as churches and community events. The Hosanna Ringers have performed for the past two years at the Springettsbury Township “Sounds of Summer” concert. In addition to the bell choir, individual talents are developed through singing and playing musical instruments. Meet and learn more about the Hosanna Ringers
Blossoms to Blessings is an outreach flower ministry where local florists donate flowers. and Pathway program participants create beautiful flower arrangements. The flower arrangements are then delivered to local nursing homes and businesses. Learn more about this ministry
The Cooking Group. The Pathway’s cooking group provides individuals with opportunities to plan meals and snacks as well as discuss wellness and healthy eating.
Recycled Greeting Cards. Our Arts Program, combined with a desire to be “green” has resulted in a program that recycles and repurposes used greeting cards. The result is a greeting card that reflects the individual talent and personality of each artist. We use this as a fundraiser for the program and we’re always in the need of used cards. Learn more about this ministry
Pathway Services is committed to providing opportunities for individuals to be involved and integrated in our community. There are frequent outings throughout the week to a variety of places in the county. The outings include local parks, shopping malls, factory tours, the library, bowling, movies, museums, the gym, and many more venues.
Make a Difference
Jessica & Friends Community has many opportunities for voluteers to assist in serving our special individuals and families. Our volunteers consistently remark at how the individuals they serve bring them joy, happiness, and blessings through their service.