Founded in 1973 by Jim and Velma Bridges, Pathway Caring for Children is a private, non-profit social service agency. Jim worked as a social worker during college and watched young foster children move from home to home. He believed there was a better way to help abused, neglected and abandoned children. He began to envision a community based program that would provide support and training to foster families, so that these families could live through problems, and staff, parents, and children could work together as a team. With just four boys in a group home on Spring Ave. in Canton, Pathway began its humble beginnings.
In the words of our founder, “I count myself as one of the most fortunate people in the world, because I have been able to see my dreams come true. That's something that does not happen to most people. That long ago vision—to provide places where foster children can live through their problems with people committed to them—is happening every day now at Pathway.” -Jim Bridges
Today, Pathway continues to live out Jim's vision of empowering the children and families we serve.
To empower children and families to realize their potential and achieve the possibilities of their lives through innovative mental health, foster care, and adoption services.
Strengthening the lives of children and families.
7. Personal Involvement
800+ mental health clients, including community and school-based in Beacon Academy, Brown Local, Fairless Local, Heritage Christian, Minerva Local, Osnaburg Local, and West Branch Local Schools.
Serving children and families in 14 counties: Ashtabula, Carroll, Cuyahoga, Columbiana, Holmes, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, and Wayne.
120 adoptive and kinship parents and children served yearly through support groups, respite, education, and consultation.
146 Volunteers provided 1,351 hours of support in the last year.
5 Pathway Locations in Brook Park, Canton, Minerva, and Sebring, OH.
Pathway Caring for Children
4895 Dressler Rd NW Suite A
Canton, OH 44718
Brook Park Office
5131 West 140th Street
Brook Park, OH 44142
Pathway is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Pathway is funded in part by United Way of Greater Stark County, and is a Stark Mental Health Addiction Recovery provider Pathway is also a member of the Ohio Children’s Alliance.