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Services > Pathways Program
Pathways Program

No one makes the transition from childhood to adulthood in one great leap. It is a process filled with hard lessons and work. For some, independence comes sooner than they are prepared to deal with. It can be a scary and lonely time. At Pathways, we're giving young adults who are homeless or living in out-of-home care the chance to develop the life skills they need to be successful.

The Pathways Program operates scattered-site apartments in Kansas City and Wichita. It serves young men and women, as well as young parents with children. When a client enters the program, Pathways locates a suitable apartment, pays the rent and takes care of other expenses provided the young men and women are committed to completing the program successfully and building a savings account for their future.


When a new resident enters the program, they meet with a counselor to set goals and determine their current level of personal need. Pathways staff place them in one of the scattered site apartments Ozanam operates throughout Kansas City or Wichita and work with them to set job and educational goals. We balance teaching and guiding residents with the realities of independence, which allows them to truly experience their own life choices. The ultimate goal of Pathways is a culmination of independence, integrity, self-sufficiency and character.

Pathways Client Profile

  • Between the ages of 16 and 23.
  • Demonstrated care of property.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow societal rules.
  • Demonstrated desire to be successful.
  • Shown the ability and willingness to take personal responsibility for their actions.
  • Demonstrated stability in previous placements.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to find and maintain employment.
  • Homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.

Pathways Services

  • Apartment rent, start-up supplies, utilities & phone
  • Job placement
  • Job coaching & tracking
  • Alcohol & drug testing
  • Night staff & curfew checks
  • "The Path" Transition House
    For those young men and women requiring more structure and supervision, Pathways offers placement in a transition house located in midtown Kansas City that provides 24-hour adult supervision. It is licensed for up to ten young adults.
  • Safety checks & on-call emergency assistance
  • Mental health referral services
  • Case management & facilitation
  • Monitor weekly schedule
  • Individual counseling & progress notes
  • Quarterly reviews
  • Program case plans & medical case management
  • Budgeting & banking plans
  • Monitor behaviors & rule compliance
  • Transportation monitoring & assistance
  • Coordinate health services
  • Monitor food & nutrition
  • Monitor utilization of community referral services
  • Apartment checks
  • Monitor client relationships
  • Life Management Curriculum
  • Vocational & career assessments
  • Monitor vocational service & job placement
  • Community-based, life-skills classes
  • Life-skills education & tracking
  • Educational planning & problem solving
  • GED, High School, College & Job Corps assistance

    Additional Community Support and Training Services Include:

    Pathways' programs strive to move from the ordinary to the extraordinary. They see to promote a sense of purpose, drive and vision for all.

    How you can help:

    Financial gifts are needed in order to serve more homeless youth in our Pathways Program. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation now.

    Check out our "Pathways Homeless Program Wish List" online at Target to shop for linens, small appliances, clothing and any other necessary start-up supplies for homeless young adults at Pathways.

    For more information about the Pathways Program in Wichita or Kansas City including The Path house, please contact the Pathways Admissions Director:

    Ozanam Pathways - Kansas City
    300 East 36th Street
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    Admissions Phone Number: 816-508-6226
    Main Fax: 816-508-6255
    Admissions e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Ozanam Pathways - Wichita
    315 N. Hillside, Suite E
    Wichita, KS 67214
    Phone Number: 316-682-4000
    Fax Number: 316-682-4003


    Ozanam is part of Cornerstones of Care, a partnership of agencies providing therapeutic treatment services for children and families. Visit our Affiliations and Partners page to find out more.

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