Pathways Addictions Resource Centre
Our Impact Why We Exist
To foster the well being of the whole person and their connectedness to self, family and community when dealing with substance use and addictions.
We help individuals dealing with substance use and addictions issues connect to themselves, their families and their community through counselling, education and referrals.
Our Story What We Do
Pathways began in November 1975 as "The South Okanagan AlcoholEducation and Rehabilitation Program" with two counsellors. Six yearslater the organization was incorporated as a provincial charitablesociety under the name of "The South Okanagan Alcohol CounsellingService" with funding provided by the provincial government of BritishColumbia. In 1985, the group registered as a charitable organizationwith Revenue Canada and was incorporated under the B.C. Society Act as"Pathways Addictions Resource Centre".
As of 2017, Pathways employs a total of eight counsellors, facilitators and coordinators whodeliver a variety of services for youth to older adults. Two administrativestaff and a part-time financial officer provide essential support forservices. One methadone clinic under the direction of a physician isheld weekly. A volunteer Board of Directors is responsible forgovernance of Pathways. Pathways maintains a video and book lendinglibrary for community members.
Our Programs How We Do It
Pathways provides out-patient counselling and prevention programs to adults, youth and families in the South Okanagan. Our services provide individual and group sessions to those who have direct substance use issues or are being affected by someone else's substance use. Our programs include non-residential treatment programs for women and men so they are able to stay in the community and maintain family and employment relationships. Our latest program "Life Over the Influence" is for people who have a family member struggling with substance use. We will be launching our OASIS project in early 2017 that will provide education to older adults and their caregivers on substance use and aging. Pathways also provides services to the School District 67 by offering prevention education programs to students. As a Resource Centre we are available to do presentations to businesses, community groups on issues related to substance use and addictions. We also maintain a video and book library for people who live in our community.
What You Can Do
Funding for the basic programs at Pathways comes from the provincial government. As our client load increases so does our need for service and the way services are delivered. The need for more services are evident as we see over 700 new clients each year. Donations provide us with the ability to expand our ability to see clients in a timely manner. All donations to Pathways are always put directly to client service. We are grateful for any and all donations.