About PathWays PA


PathWays PA was founded in 1978 as the Women’s Association for Women’s Alternatives. It served as one of Pennsylvania’s first residential programs to keep low-income, vulnerable women together with their children and has grown to become one of the Greater Philadelphia Region’s foremost providers of residential and community-based services for women, children and families. Each year over 6,000 women, children and families benefit from our full complement of social services; job training and employment assistance; as well as outreach and residential programs as they move along the path to self-sufficiency.

With offices throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and advocacy initiatives on behalf of low-wage workers statewide, PathWays PA provides programs committed to the development of client self-sufficiency which leads to the fulfillment of our mission:

To help women, teens, children and families achieve economic independence and family well-being.


PathWays PA is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation. We are a member in good standing of both the Child Welfare League of America and the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services. In recognition of our service to Pennsylvania we have received numerous awards. These include Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network Award; Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year; Philadelphia Department of Human Services Children’s Crusader Award; and The Child Welfare League of America’s Private Agency Advocate of the Year Award among countless other citations and recognition from both public and private entities. 

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