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Four Months After Tragedy, Our Next Chapter Begins
Dear Friends of the Pathway Home,
It’s been four months since the devastating shooting at The Pathway Home (TPH), a tragedy that took the lives of our core clinical staff – Christine Loeber, Jennifer Gray Golick and Jennifer Gonzales Shushereba. This event prompted us to move out of the building on the campus of the California Veterans Home in Yountville that we called home since 2008.
Shortly after the incident, The Board of Directors of TPH committed itself to writing the next chapter of the organization’s story. We are determined to honor the legacy of our Three Brave Women and continue the commitment to community service that has yielded such tangible results for our veterans.
Today, we’d like to provide you details on our next chapter.
Our highest priority in the aftermath of the shooting has been to ensure continuing care for the residents of The Pathway Home. They, and the nearly 500 veterans, spouses, children, and family members we’ve served since 2008, are the reason for our existence.
Starting on March 9, our generous community offered hotel rooms, food, transportation, grief counseling, and other immediate support for our veterans. Shortly afterward, TPH reached an agreement with Mentis, Napa’s Center for Mental Health Services, to provide ongoing care for our residents.
Mentis is a natural fit. The organization started in 1948 and has a long history of serving Napa County’s low-income individuals and families, starting with those just returning from World War II. It has consistently honored veterans by providing them with help and support. To ensure continuity of care for our residents, Mentis hired a TPH clinician. We are grateful to Mentis for stepping up so quickly.
The Pathway Home has completed partnership discussions with the VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) and its Post Deployment Assessment Treatment Program (PDAT) located in Martinez, California.
Like The Pathway Home, PDAT was launched in 2008 and shares our mission to support veterans in a residential setting as they reintegrate into civilian life. Two Pathway residents are being assisted through PDAT’s residential program, and TPH graduate Zach Skiles is a psychology intern there.
Under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Kixmiller, the PDAT program has demonstrated clinical success. TPH has transferred ownership of its 10-passenger van to the program so that veterans can travel to community programs like those we will offer in Napa and Yountville.
Finally, The Pathway Home will terminate its lease with the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, effective August 31.
Continuing Community Partnerships
We are encouraged that the PDAT program will begin working with TPH so that together we can enhance the effective community involvement model that we pioneered over the last decade, albeit in a slightly different manner. Maria Almes, the VANCHCS Director of Voluntary Services, will become the point person for this partnership.
The Pathway Home draws its strength from a variety of donors and community leaders, none more prominent than area Rotary Clubs. Events like Cycle4Sight Rotary Ride for Veterans have raised substantial sums for TPH, and Rotarians’ extensive community ties have opened many doors for our veterans.
In another new initiative, TPH will be partnering with an expert on veterans’ healthcare – journalist Suzanne Gordon – on a new downloadable resource guide for local Rotary Clubs and other service organizations. Highlighting success stories and testimonials, this how-to guide will provide step-by-step plans for launching and supporting Pathway Home-inspired organizations throughout the country.
3 Brave Women Fund Proceeds Distributed
In the days following the shooting, The Pathway Home Board of Directors established the 3 Brave Women Fund in order for community members to provide tangible support for Christine, Jennifer and Jenn’s families. Generous donors contributed more than $100,000 which has now been distributed to family members.
We encourage everyone who knew these women to continue their support for their families as they heal.
In the past few months, supporters and friends all over the country have asked us, “What will happen to The Pathway Home?” Answering this question has involved a great deal of soul-searching, research, and soliciting ideas from many of you.
For the past ten years, The Pathway Home has operated its own residential program, first for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury, and more recently offering wraparound care for multiple aspects of reintegration.
Since making the difficult decision to permanently close the Yountville facility, TPH has collaborated with PDAT. We feel confident that veterans in our area will have an effective residential program as an option to them as a result of this partnership.
Our focus now is on identifying and helping to support other Pathway Home-like facilities in other parts of the United States, working to support similar VA programs, and partnering with local Rotary Clubs and veterans’ facilities to bring our model of reintegration to communities across the country. Wherever we can help with developing local networking and fundraising models, we will be there.
The Pathway Home Board will continue to be in touch as the organization evolves and announces additional initiatives. As always, thank you for everything you do and have done for The Pathway Home, the families of our 3BraveWomen, and for our country’s heroes.