path story

It all started with a letter written by Claire and Rev. Charles Orr, calling for the community to address the ever-increasing issue of homelessness. In response, on the night of December 8, 1983, 60 people gathered together to figure out how to help people who were experiencing homelessness in their neighborhoods. On that night, PATH was born.

The group started by distributing food and clothing to people living on the streets. As homelessness continued to grow nationwide, research revealed that Housing First—a best practice model that first connects people to permanent housing and then focuses on stabilization through voluntary supportive services, proved more effective. Now, over thirty years later, we  provide services in more than 140 cities in six regions, and have more than 1,500 units of permanent supportive housing completed or in the pipeline.

Across the state, we help people find permanent housing and provide case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy, employment training, and other services to help them maintain their homes stably. Since 2013, we have connected more than 9,000 people to permanent homes.

our mission, vision, and values

Our mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. PATH envisions a world where every person has a home. Our values include creative collaborations, strategic leadership, empowerment for all, and passionate commitment.

ORGANIZATIONAL reports

Form 990 and earlier financial statements are available upon request.

CARF International Accreditation

PATH currently holds a Three-Year Accreditation from CARF International in the following programs: Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

What is CARF?
CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Vision Rehabilitation Services. CARF assists providers in improving the quality of their services by applying sets of quality standards during a consultative on-site survey.

What are the benefits of being CARF accredited?
The benefits of conformance to the CARF standards can be realized by both the organization and its persons served.

For the organization, CARF accreditation is a catalyst for continuous quality improvement. CARF surveyors apply a consultative, rather than inspective, approach. They bring with them not only their own wisdom, but also the experience of similar organizations to promote quality within the industry.

For the consumer, choosing a CARF-accredited program or service can provide confidence that an organization is consumer focused and has met international standards for service delivery.

For more information about CARF International, the standards, or the survey process, visit www.carf.org.

PATH LEADERS

joel john roberts

Chief Executive Officer

jennifer hark-dietz

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

jonathan castillo

Chief Regional Officer

carlos gonzalez

Chief Innovations Officer

melodie iwai

Deputy Chief Financial Officer

sarah kolish

Chief Administration Officer

sandy oluwek

Chief Financial Officer

lois starr

Acting Executive Director

tescia uribe

Chief Program Officer

PATH DIRECTORS

georgeanne barrett

Director of Development and Communications

maria brown

Director of Supportive Housing Services

andrea carter

Director of Interim Housing

charlie chang

Director of Operations

la keishia childers

Senior Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance

bernard cody

Controller

megan colvard

Regional Director of PATH San Jose

chuck flacks

Director of Programs, PATH Santa Barbara

steve fiechter

Regional Director of Metro Los Angeles

haley fuselier

Regional Director of West Los Angeles

emily hsieh

Director of Community Affairs

craig joyce

Senior Director of Special Programs

jennifer lee

Director of Housing Partnerships

tessa madden storms

Senior Director of Development and Communications

tara pak

Senior Director of Giving and Strategy

benjamin perdue

Director of Veterans Services

zachary schlagel

Senior Director of Public Policy

hanan scrapper

Regional Director of PATH San Diego

tiffany shirley

Director of Family Services

nikki thomas rhoden

Senior Director of Supportive Housing Services

PATH BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Harreld Adams

City Executive, Retired

Ellen Evans Agee

Capital Group/Westwood United Methodist Church

Terry Bird

Co-President, Bird, Marella

Jane Blumenfeld

Co-Recording Secretary, City Planner, Retired

Eileen Dardick

Secretary, Businesswoman, Property Owner

Laura Diamond

Attorney, Author

Julie Downey

LA City Attorney’s Office, Retired

Ron Fox

Business/Financial Executive, Retired

Michael Goldberg

Financial Services, Retired

Shane Goldsmith

Co-Vice President, Liberty Hill Foundation

Myrna Hant

Center for the Study of Women at UCLA

Mark Jones, Sr.

Westwood Presbyterian Church

Kaaren Kurtzman

Compass Real Estate

Sal Mendoza

City National Bank

Donald Morrison

Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School

Marsha Jones Moutrie

Co-Vice President, City Attorney of Santa Monica

Alison Myers

Megan Insurance Services (Ex officio)

Claire West Orr

Interiors by Claire West (Ex officio)

Jeffrey Prang

LA County Assessor

Terry Pullan

Terry Pullan Properties

Stanley Schneider

Gursey, Schneider LLP

Julie Summers

Co-Recording Secretary, Community Activist

Brian Tucker

Co-Treasurer, Attorney, Chaplain, Veteran, LA County USC Hospital

Dylan Ward

Hayes Commercial Real Estate

Cathy Watts

Community Activist

Lindsay Wiggins

Watson Wyatt

Regional Advisory Boards

Santa Barbara Advisory Board

Sue Adams

Community Activist

Barbara Allen

Commissioner, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

Mark Asman

Pastor, Trinity Episcopal Church, Retired Rector

Don Bushnell

Nonprofit Consultant

Julie Downey

PATH Administrative Board of Directors

Nancy Fiore

State Farm Insurance

Ron Fox

PATH Administrative Board of Directors

Anne Ready Gersh

Founder, Ready for Media

Geoff Green

CEO, SBCC Foundation

Brian McTeague

FastSpring

Juliana Minsky

Founder, Surf Media

Robert Pearson

Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, Retired

Dave Peri

CPA

Rochelle Rose

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Noozhawk

Dylan Ward

Hayes Commercial Real Estate

San Diego Advisory Board

Sayed Ali

Multilingual Communication Services

Dale Kelly Bankhead

LBGT Community Center

Michael Copley

RE/MAX Coastal Properties

James Lawson

Presidio Public Affairs Group

Los Angeles Advisory Board

Aris Anagnos

Karl Austen

Garrett Bland

Rev. Dr. Lynn Cheyney

Steve & Rita Emerson

Rhonda Fleming

Sharon Fong

Mark Gottwald

Rev. Stephen Huber

Bruce Khouri

Rev. Charles Orr

Rabbi Steven Reuben

John Sweetland

Amy Wakeland

San Jose Advisory Board

Jeff Arrilaga

Senior Vice President Newmark Cornish and Carey

Dana Bainbridge

Pastor, First Christian Church

Sean Bonawitz

Google

Joshua Burroughs

Urban Catalyst

Jean Cohen

UA Local Union 393

Evan Cranston

WeWork

Gary Dillabough

Navitas Capital

Paul Escobar

President, San Jose Downtown Resident’s Association

Charlie Faas

Vice President/CFO, San Jose State University

Mark Haney

Think Bigger San Jose

Scott Knies

Executive Director, San Jose Downtown Association

Julie Matsushima

Downtown San Jose Resident

Blake Tidwell

Paypal

Wade Williamson

Private Security Technology

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