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Videos: How Are State Budget Cuts Affecting You?

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Today the Southeastern Pennsylvania Budget Coalition and PathWays PA held an event to bring together members of the community to talk about how the budget cuts are impact their lives.  Below are videos from the speakers and audience members who shared their story. 

Marianne Bellesorte of PathWays PA leads off the discussion at the PathWays PA and Southeastern PA Budget Coalition event. Then Esther Smits, a Consumer Volunteer from the Freedom Valley Disability Center, talks about how budget cuts have impacted her life.



Patricia Roberts of the Mental Health Association



Kate Scully form PathWays PA talks about how budget cuts are impacting PathWays PA's clients.



Gerry Gonzalez of Child Guidance Resource Center shares how budget cuts impact their services and clients.

PathWays PA Job Postings - October 27, 2011

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Part-Time Math and English Teacher (Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties)
PathWays PA is in need of a Math and English teacher to teach Healthcare Contextualized Math, English and Science to adult students preparing for the TEAS test and other careers in the healthcare sector. Classes will be held late afternoons and/or evenings and weekends in the Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery County areas. The classes will run for 6-8 weeks with 1, 2 or 3 classes per week. 6-8 hours per week and 1 hour of paid prep per week. Pay is competitive. INSTRUCTOR SHOULD HAVE EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH ADULTS. A Bachelor's degree is a minimum requirement. Please fax resumes to: LD/EVE at 610-328-2807.

Learning Center Group Supervisor
Experience in preschool setting and knowledge of early childhood development required. Willing to adapt to the goals and philosophies of our program and provide an environment that is non-punitive and strength based. Write curriculum for each age level as well as plan an…

Gloria Steinem’s Top Ten Pieces of Advice for Women Today

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PathWays PA was pleased to participate in yesterday’s Pennsylvania Conference for Women. The Conference is an opportunity for women through out the state to come together for information, advice, and support.

The keynote speaker, Gloria Steinem, spoke to a large crowd of women giving her own advice for women. Below is her top ten list:

10. Treat yourself as well as you treat others.
9. Fear is a sign of growth.
8. Anger can be precious.
7. Use your own unique talents.
6. Measure yourself by the real not the ideal.
5. Look for allies everywhere – do not be bound by conventional hierarchies.
4. There are great advantages to feminine human qualities – use them.
3. Just about everybody can learn to change, even us, even them.
2. Ask for help and surround yourself with people who make you feel smart, not dumb.

And the number one piece of advice from Gloria Steniem is…

1. Remember your humanity, equality and self determination is the key to everything.

"Daily Times to be honored as PathWays' Trailblazer"

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"PathWays PA will celebrate its 33rd anniversary and honor their 2011 Trailblazers - including the Delaware County Daily Times - at a special dinner on Nov. 1.

The gala will help PathWays commemorate over three decades of helping low-income women, children and families in the Greater Philadelphia region achieve self-sufficiency. To help mark the PathWays to the Stars 33rd Anniversary Celebration, PathWays PA will be honoring six local community leaders and organizations with the 2011 Trailblazer Award.

The event, which will take place at the Radisson Hotel in King of Prussia from 6:30-9PM, is a time to celebrate the work of PathWays PA, but also a time to recognize those in our community who make a difference." To read the whole article, please visit The Delaware County Daily Times website.

Bid Online for Great Auction Items to Support PathWays PA!

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The online bidding for auction items is now open. Our auction link, http://www.pathwayspa.org/auction_items.html, will take you to a world of shopping and fun, while providing support to 6,000 women, children and families!

Urgent: Vote to Cut SNAP Categorical Eligibility on Table for Senate

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From our friends at FRAC.

The Agriculture Appropriations bill is currently on the Senate floor, and Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has introduced an amendment (810) that would eliminate categorical eligibility for SNAP. Such a cut would take 1 million needy people from more than 40 states out of the SNAP program, take free school breakfast and lunch away from 200,000 low-income children, increase hunger among children and seniors alike, and vastly increase state administrative costs and red tape.

The vote on this amendment can happen as early as tonight.

With one in six households struggling against hunger, this is not the time to make drastic cuts and add unnecessary red tape in valuable nutrition programs.

Contact your Senators immediately and urge them to oppose any attempt to harm SNAP.

Urge PA Legislators to Increase Funds for Industry Partnerships

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This past summer, the Pennsylvania legislature passed an Industry Partnerships bill that permanently established the Industry Partnerships program as part of the state's workforce development strategy. While Industry Partnership advocates and our legislative champions were dismayed by the lack of funding that Industry Partnerships received in the 2011-12 Pennsylvania budget, we are happy to report that efforts to find additional funds for Industry Partnerships are ramping up.

A new House bill sponsored by Thomas Murt and Eugene DiGirolamo would designate 2% of the funds from a proposed natural gas drilling fee to Industry Partnerships—an estimated $2.7 million in this fiscal year and $11.2 million by 2017.

The first step in preserving Pennsylvania's Industry Partnership Program was passing SB 552. The next step is adequately funding the Industry Partnership Program. Since competition for funds is intense, your continued communication with legislators about the value of Indust…

Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act Coming Soon

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From our friends at the Coalition for Human Needs.


The Senate will vote on the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act within the next 24 hours.
Call 1-888-245-0215 NOW to tell your Senators to support the bill!

The Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act (S. 1723) will save or create nearly 400,000 education jobs through critical investments in the education of our nation’s children. With the majority of states facing budget shortfalls in 2012 totaling more than $100 billion, cuts to state and local spending on education place thousands of teaching jobs at risk.

This act will provide states with an additional $30 billion in funds that will support nearly 400,000 education jobs, in addition to $5 billion to keep thousands of police officers and firefighters working. The $35 billion cost of the bill will be paid for by asking millionaires to pay their fair share with a surcharge of less than 1 percent on income over $1 million.

The Teachers and First Responders Back to Wo…

Harrisburg Takes a Step to Help Stop Human Trafficking

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Yesterday, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline Act (SB 338) was unanimously voted out of the Senate Labor & Industry Committee! This state legislation would require posting of the National Human Trafficking Hotline - 1-888-3737-888 - so trafficking victims can call to get help or individuals can call if they see anything suspicious.

The Hotline is a run by a national organization called the Polaris Project. They answer calls 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Calls can be kept confidential or if a response is needed the Polaris Project will link the caller with local police and/or a social services agency.

The legislation requires posting of the hotline number at locations where trafficking victims might see it including: hotels, motel, bars, restaurants, and bus stops. It could be a lifeline for someone being trafficked or a way for someone to take action when they see something they believe is trafficking occurring.

The Philadelphia Anti-Trafficking Coaliti…

Congress Passes a Law to Help Improve the Lives of More Vulnerable Children and their Families Across the Nation

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Passage of the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act means that states will be better able to invest in initiatives that help improve child safety and family stability as well as move children from foster care into safe permanent homes.

The law reauthorizes two important child welfare programs and incorporates improvements to ensure that children can safely remain with their own parents or be supported by other caring adults. The law renews child welfare waiver authority to allow more states to invest in new ways of serving children at risk of abuse and neglect. In addition, the law establishes a process to create child welfare data standards that can help drive further improvement to foster care systems.

The Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act is the second major piece of child welfare reform that has become law in recent years. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act in 2008 also provided significant progress in effor…

How Are State Budget Cuts Affecting You?

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Please RSVP to
http://stopcutstoourcommunity.eventbrite.com
Or call Kate at 215-563-5848 x16

The cuts to the state budget this year have already had a devastating effect on our families, our services, our county, and our state. Now is the time to tell legislators what we need to succeed in future budgets.

PathWays PA and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Budget Coalition are cosponsoring an event with legislators on Thursday, October 27th at noon to discuss the impact of state budget cuts on local families struggling in this difficult economy.

The discussion will have consequences: legislators are debating a tax on natural gas drilling that could infuse close to half a billion dollars into our schools and services for children, people with disabilities, and families reeling from the recession.

The public event is from 12 -1 on Thursday, October 27th at Media Borough Hall, 301 N. Jackson Street, Media, 19063.  We have invited the DelCo legislative delegation.

As a bonus, we are offering …

PathWays PA Job Postings - October 18, 2011

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Part-Time Math and English Teacher (Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties)
PathWays PA is in need of a Math and English teacher to teach Healthcare Contextualized Math, English and Science to adult students preparing for the TEAS test and other careers in the healthcare sector. Classes will be held late afternoons and/or evenings and weekends in the Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery County areas. The classes will run for 6-8 weeks with 1, 2 or 3 classes per week. 6-8 hours per week and 1 hour of paid prep per week. Pay is competitive. INSTRUCTOR SHOULD HAVE EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH ADULTS. A Bachelor's degree is a minimum requirement. Please fax resumes to: LD/EVE at 610-328-2807.

Learning Center Group Supervisor
Experience in preschool setting and knowledge of early childhood development required. Willing to adapt to the goals and philosophies of our program and provide an environment that is non-punitive and strength based. Write curriculum for each age level as well as plan and…

PathWays PA E-Newsletter - October 17, 2011

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JOIN US IN CELEBRATING 33 YEARS OF PATHWAYS PA!

Please join us on November 1 as we celebrate the Adopt-A-Family program and honor the 2011 Trailblazers:

Juliet Welker-President, Coldwell Banker Welker Real EstateKyra McGrath-Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, WHYYLaney Vogt, Adopt-A-Family AdvocateQVCThe Delaware County Daily TimesYvonne Norris-Former Chairperson, PathWays PA Board of Directors
Enjoy complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres as well as a live and silent auction.

All proceeds from the event will help over 6,000 low-income families in the Greater Philadelphia Region!

Please consider sponsoring the event or purchasing an ad in our program - click here for more details.

Tickets can be purchased online.

FEDERAL UPDATES
USDA SEEKING INPUT ON FREE SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM

The USDA is accepting comments on the Direct Certification and Certification of Homeless, Migrant and Runaway Children for Free School Meals. The temporary rules were set in place to …

Tell Mayor Nutter How You Feel About Sick Days

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On October 13, City Council members passed a bill introduced by Councilman Wilson Goode, Jr., that amends the 21st Century Minimum Wage and Benefits Act to ensure all workers whose employers contract with the city or receive public subsidies can earn paid sick days. This bill ensures that city tax dollars only fund jobs that support public health, families, and the community.

The bill now goes to the Mayor's desk, and he needs to hear from you!

Please take a moment to send a letter to the Mayor telling him your feelings about paid sick days.

Harrisburg Update

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The State Legislature was in district recess last week due to Columbus Day Holiday, but controlling hospital infections, a topic they have consistently focused on garnered some attention. According to an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, reported cases of two common and potentially deadly types of hospital-acquired infections dropped significantly last year at Pennsylvania hospitals, the state Department of Health reported on Wednesday. Bloodstream infections caused by central lines — catheters typically used in intensive care units to deliver antibiotics and fluids into the bloodstream — declined 24.4 percent from 2009 to 1,606 cases last year. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections declined to 3,245 cases, a decrease of 13.2 percent from two years ago. The overall rate of hospital-acquired infections dropped by 3.4 percent last year against 2009 rates. Click here to read the Pittsburgh Tribune Review article.

The National Women's Law Center Releases New Review of Child Care Assistance Policy

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The National Women's Law Center recently released its 8th annual state-by-state review of child care assistance policies. The report, State Child Care Assistance Policies 2011: Reduced Support for Families in Challenging Times, discusses the influence of five factors that determine accessibility, affordability, and quality of assistance in each state and the District of Columbia. These factors include waiting lists for assistance, income eligibility, reimbursement rates for child care providers, eligibility for parents searching for a job, and copayments required from parents.

The report finds that under one or more child care assistance policies, families in 2011 are worse off in 37 states than they were in 2010. Furthermore the report reveals that families in 2011 are worse off than they were a decade ago. In contrast to the NWLC's findings from previous reports, families in only eleven states were better off under one or more child care policies than in 2010. …

PathWays PA E-Alert: October 10, 2011

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FEDERAL

URGE THE “SUPER COMMITTEE” TO CONSIDER FAMILIES WHEN MAKING CUTS
As a result of the debt ceiling deal in August, Congress agreed to $1 trillion in cuts to federal spending. Now, a Congressional "Super Committee" is working to find ways to reduce the deficit by an additional $1.5 billion dollars and must submit their recommendations by November 23rd.

The Super Committee is meeting right now to decide what its recommendations will be. It is critically important for our nation's families to weigh in!

Send a letter to your members of Congress telling them that it's unacceptable to balance the budget on the backs of children and families on Main Street.

The decisions that are being made right now will define the direction of our country for years to come. Deficit solutions must create jobs and protect vital programs for children and families.

EVENT SEEKS TO DISPEL SOCIAL SECURITY MYTHS
The Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans will be hosting a seminar entit…

You're Invited to the PathWays to the Stars 33rd Anniversary Celebration

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Please join us on November 1 as we celebrate the Adopt-A-Family program and honor the 2011 Trailblazers:
Juliet Welker-President, Coldwell Banker Welker Real EstateKyra McGrath-Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, WHYYLaney Vogt, Adopt-A-Family AdvocateQVCThe Delaware County Daily TimesYvonne Norris-Former Chairperson, PathWays PA Board of Directors Enjoy complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres as well as a live and silent auction.

All proceeds from the event will help over 6,000 low-income families in the Greater Philadelphia Region!

Please consider purchasing a sponsorship in the event - click here for more details.

Tickets can be purchased online.

Will Deficit Reduction Mean More Moms Going Without Food?

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From our friends at the Coalition on Human Needs.

On October 4th and 5th, people across the country will be calling their Senators to make sure that deficit reduction doesn’t mean more people going hungry.

The “super committee” is currently debating a deal to reduce the deficit. Some proposals could cut essential programs that families need to get by; programs like Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), housing assistance and other important services.

We need a plan that puts us on the right track by investing in jobs, protecting low-income people, sharing the burden by asking top-income households and profitable corporations to contribute more revenues, and seeking savings from reducing waste in the military and elsewhere. Please, raise your voice and contact your senators, on behalf of parents everywhere who are struggling to put food on the table.  Call toll-free at 888-907-1485.

When you call the toll-free number, follow the instructions and you'll be connected to your Senators. Her…

How Much Does Employee Turnover Really Cost Your Business?

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From our friends at CLASP/CEPR

Did you know that experts estimate replacing a salaried employee costs 150 percent of compensation? Or that replacing an $8/hour worker costs an average of $5500 per person? If you own a business, now might be a good time to see how much turnover is costing you.
Despite the harm it can cause to the bottom line, many businesses do not actually know how much turnover costs them. Policies that support workers, such as paid sick days, can help decrease turnover and reduce these costs. This turnover calculator provides an estimate of how much turnover costs your organization.

Plans to Address the Marcellus Shale

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Earlier today Governor Corbett announced details of his plan for addressing the costs and environmental impact of the natural gas drill in the Marcellus Shale. The governor’s proposal calls for a fee to be placed on each well and establishes environmental standards and enforcement.

Counties would be permitted to set an impact fee of no more than $40,000 per well in a well's first year. The plan estimates these fees would generate $120 million in the first full year, and $195 million by the sixth year.
Most of the money would remain in drilling communities, while 25 percent would go to the state for environmental protection, health, emergency management, and pipeline inspection.

In addition to the Governor’s proposal, State Representatives Thomas Murt and Gene DiGirolamo also plan to introduce a natural gas drilling tax bill.

Their bill would dedicate 29% of revenue to local government impacts and 27% to statewide environmental programs. The remaining 44% would support shared st…

PathWays PA E-Alert: October 3, 2011

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LET THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR KNOW: WE NEED TO FIND AND ELIMINATE PAY INEQUITY

The Department of Labor is currently in the consideration stages of a tool that would help monitor pay fairness. Though laws like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 helped make it easier to file gender-discriminated unfair pay claims, to date there is no federal tool that effectively monitors wage discrimination on the basis of gender, race or national origin by private employers.

The National Women’s Law Center is urging people to support the tool, especially as it relates to private employers taking public dollars.

For more information, please visit the NWLC’s site.

HELP PRESERVE FUNDING FOR PERKINS LOANS

Federal Perkins Loans are an important source of funding for college for many students - providing direct, federally subsidized student loans. Though their allocation recently survived the Senate committee, the funding matter has not gone to the floor for a general vote, and the House has yet to pass …

Impact of Budget Cuts on County Welfare Offices

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In an op-ed published today, Michael Froehlich and Julie Zaebst depict some of the issues budget cuts have caused in County Welfare Offices, particularly in Philadelphia.  Among the problems they cite:
Since 2002, the number of workers in the Department of Public Welfare has dropped by 13%, but caseloads have almost doubled in that timeFewer than one in five calls to the Philadelphia Customer Service Center are being picked upAlmost one in six applications for food stamps are rejected due to lost documents or failure to make an appointment; however, Froehlich and Zaebst say that in their experience, "these rejections can often be attributed to documents misplaced by overwhelmed skeleton crews or to ineffectual "phone tag" between officials and applicants [busy with] work, child-care, and school schedules." The programs offered by the Department of Public Welfare are meant to be ways that families can stay above water in the short-term while they look for family-sust…

This Week in Harrisburg

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The House returned to session one week after the Senate and the legislature is taking up many issues this fall. With that in mind, the House and Senate Transportation Committees held their second public hearing on the Governor’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission’s report. Lawmakers heard testimony from the PA State Association of Township Supervisors, the Keystone State Railroad Association, the PA Public Transportation Association, and the Commonwealth Foundation regarding the report’s recommendations. For more information, please click here.