I started working with Eric in December of 2020 when he entered the Pathways Winter Lodging Project. He was personable and seemed as if he had a strong desire to change the trajectory of his life. He was compliant with the guidelines of the program and he was an exemplary participant. It was soon apparent that he was willing to do the work to make the necessary changes in his life. He immediately started looking for work and asked me to create a small flyer that he could post in the community for housing and employment.
Eric found a job and after showing them what he is made of, he was recently promoted and has even travelled to other locations for the company. He has found a place to live, which he has furnished with a little help from friends, Housing El Dorado and Re/Max Realty. Eric's success is a perfect example of what can happen, when the unhoused are offered stability in a safe environment, which allows them to take the necessary steps towards independence with support and guidance. I am incredibly proud of Eric and the work he has done to turn his life around.
Tamara Janies is a compassionate and skilled counselor who works alongside our homeless neighbors to support them to become self-sufficient. She has worked and volunteered at the Pathways Winter Lodging Program, Project Room Key, and is currently doing street outreach here on the Western Slope thanks to funding from Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless.
Create and promote affordable housing solutions and support services that nurture individuals and families while encouraging self-sufficiency on the
Western Slope of El Dorado County.
Research has found that providing housing first is the most efficient path out of homelessness and into self-sufficiency as it provides stability which aids growth, decreases taxpayer emergency service costs, improves the health and mental health of participants and improves the overall quality of life of the community
“Housing El Dorado and El Dorado Community Foundation provide a strong support system for our new Pathways Project. For the first time our vulnerable population will have winter housing 7 nights a week with extra services to help them move their lives forward in a positive way. We are so grateful for Green Valley Church for providing a location. "
"Nothing moves community forward to success without hours spent on creating the structural foundation of an organization that will succeed. Since July the El Dorado Community Foundation has been a part of a community conversation that spans a scope of work from winter housing to affordable and workforce housing in general across the western slope of El Dorado County. Pathways Project is a part of the overall mission to bring stability and a place to live to those who wish to call this place home."
"It never ceases to amaze me what a small
group of very determined and caring people can do when they come together for a good cause. The Pathways Winter housing project started as an idea and was brought to life because the people involved made it happen."
“In housing individuals so much can be accomplished in moving them forward into sustainability in both their housing and their lives.”