Protect Eligibility for Disability Benefits

Last year, the Social Security Administration stated that it wants to change eligibility rules for disability benefits.

Under the proposal, SSA would add 2.6 million eligibility reviews in the next ten years. They would also establish a new eligibility category. Currently, when someone qualifies for disability, they end up in one of three categories:  Medical improvement expected (reviewed every 6-18 months)Medical improvement not expected (reviewed every 5-7 years)Medical improvement possible (reviewed every 3 years) The Social Security Administration proposes adding a new category, "medical improvement likely," which is expected to include 4.4 million recipients. Many of these recipients will be children and people aged 50-65 with poor health and no income. If placed in this category, people will get reviews every two years.
Navigating the disability process, including reviews, is already challenging. The process can take 2-3 years in some cases, and people often have to app…

Updated ways to support immigrant and refugee families

As we reach the holiday season, we hope you will take some time to reach out to Congress in support of other families in need.

Over the past year, we've heard reports of horrific conditions in shelters where unaccompanied children were held.. In August 2019, the government announced they had no plans to give the flu shot at border detention camps - despite the deaths of at least three children from the flu while in custody. In October, we learned that 1500+ additional migrant children were separated at the border in the United States. 207 of the children were under the age of 5. We've now reached a record number of children detained, plus an over 50% increase in the number of pregnant women detained.

Even when they aren't separated from their children, whole families remain in detention, with the Administration currently appealing a decision that would enforce a 20-day time limit on family detentions. This type of long-term detention is shown to lead to stress and long-ter…

Supporting PathWays PA throughout the year

As we get to the end of the year, many individuals and companies are looking for ways to give back to their communities. Here are some ways you can help PathWays PA for the holidays or throughout the year!
Donations: You can help to end poverty, homelessness, and abuse by making a donation! The support you provide will help the most vulnerable women, children, teens, and families. Visit to donate or text "PathWaysPA" to 521-82.

Donate items: We also offer ways to donate material items. To see what our agency needs that is available on Amazon, check out our general wish list or our Welcome Kits lists for moms, children, and babies.

Volunteering: PathWays PA has an ongoing need for volunteers. Giving your time is a great way to help families in your own community. Visit to see what you can do.

Shopping: Every time you buy on Amazon via AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate .5% of your total purchase to PathWays PA! Visit and search for Pat…

Keep Families Together: Congress Needs to Stop Family Separation

Over the past year, we've heard reports of horrific conditions in shelters where unaccompanied children were held.. In October, we learned that 1500+ additional migrant children were separated at the border in the United States. 207 of the children were under the age of 5.

Now, the AP is reporting that the United States held a record number of migrant children in custody in 2019. According to the AP,

"The nearly 70,000 migrant children who were held in government custody this year — up 42 percent in fiscal year 2019 from 2018 — spent more time in shelters and away from their families than in prior years."

We must work with Congress now to stop family separations and family detentions, which are leading to immediate and long-term trauma for children. Please take action today to help end this practice.

Take Action:

Call your Senator and Representative at 202-224-3121 and ask them to stop family separationUse this link from Families Belong Together to contact CongressAttend a …

Support PathWays PA with "Bags 4 My Cause" this December

We are so excited to share that PathWays PA has been selected to be a part of the GIANT Bags 4 My Cause Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.

For the month of December, each time a $2.50 reusable Bags 4 My Cause Bag is purchased at the GIANT located at 950 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA, $1 will be donated to PathWays PA (unless the customer chooses otherwise). This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment and fundraise for our cause.

If you shop at GIANT, please support PathWays PA in December by purchasing a Bag 4 My Cause! And if you know someone who shops there, please share this information.

To learn more about this program, please visit

Be a Voter Next Week!

General elections are on November 5, 2019. If you live in Pennsylvania and are eligible to vote, you needed to be registered by October 9. If you live in another state, please visit our site via Rock the Vote to find your state's information. If you are not sure if you are registered in PA, you can confirm your registration status in the Pennsylvania voter registration database.

(If you missed the deadline, register now for the primaries next year! You can register through Pennsylvania's website, via our site powered by Rock the Vote, or by mailing in an application.)

***If you have any issues on Election Day, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. 

Issues may include (but are not limited to): being told the wrong date/time to vote; not being allowed to cast a provisional ballot; being intimidated or challenged at the polls. 

Be sure to bring this number with you when you vote!***

Who Am I Voting For?
On November 5, 2019, Pennsylvanians will vote for judges, school boards, and local govern…

End Family Detention and Support Immigrant and Refugee Families

Here's a roundup of current actions you can take to support immigrant and refugee families:

Support the GRACE Act: Each fiscal year, the president determines how many refugees can be resettled in the United States. For nearly 40 years, the number of refugees entering our country has exceeded 95,000. In September 2019, the president announced that only 18,000 refugees could enter the country in the next year. Under the Guaranteed Refugee Admission Ceiling Enhancement (GRACE) Act, a minimum ceiling of 95,000 refugees would be set. You can take action on this Act and read more about it via HIAS Pennsylvania, or call Congress and ask them for support at 202-224-3121.Shut Down Berks: The Berks Detention Center continues to operate in Pennsylvania, despite having its license revoked in 2016. The facility has a capacity of 96 people and is reported to be at or near capacity most of the time. Just this week, a family from the UK were detained there and described the conditions as "fr…