for the Homeless
The PATH Center
at 816-818 North Fifth Street is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
providing a safe environment that offers a variety of services for men
and women who have become homeless. One of the first day centers in
the country for this population, the center opened in 1989 at the request
of city officials. PATH uses a case management approach that reflects
Respond's philosophy of caring and the development of self help. PATH
seeks to set the program's participants on the road to rehabilitation
and self sufficiency.
Clients come to PATH voluntarily. The majority live in the streets,
in abandoned houses or in vehicles under nearby highway bridges. Many
are transient from one relative's or friend's home to another. Most
have no recent income or employment history; 90% have a history of substance
abuse; ages range from 19 to 60, with a median age of 38 over the past
Supportive services are provided to each client in a case management
model that holistically addresses individual client concerns. Services,
either direct or by referral, include substance abuse counseling, HIV
counseling, life skills training, health and mental health services,
employment, housing counseling, literacy and nutrition counseling. The
more basic services of laundry, showers, telephone, mail receipt, clothing
bank and snack service are also provided.
Blue - Winter Night Shelter
PATH operates Camden's highly successful Code Blue Program over the
winter months for homeless single adults from both Camden City and County.
During periods of extreme cold, police and volunteers seek out homeless
people and bring them in for shelter for the night. The program's success
is attested to by the fact that not a single homeless person's life
has been lost in Camden as a result of exposure to the cold.
PATH collaborates with the Interfaith Hospitality Outreach Council and
the faith community throughout Camden County to provide housing and
support for up to 12 men at a time who are actively seeking to rehabilitate
themselves. The ability to refer men to the IHOC network gives PATH
an added dimension. Office space for the Network case manager is provided
by Respond at the PATH Day Center as an in-kind service. The Network
also provides transportation, job support, and transitional housing
to help participating clients achieve independence.
PATH operates Crossroads House located near the day center. Crossroads
House provides eleven homeless men of many backgrounds and with multiple
presenting problems with transitional supportive housing in a group
residence. One of the residents serves as the Peer Manager. Residents
have their own rooms and share kitchen and bath facilities. Services
are provided in substance abuse counseling, life skills, housing, search
for part-time employment where appropriate, and transition to permanent
housing. Services for veterans, those with mental or physical health
problems and other concerns requiring professional licensed interventions
are done by referral to a broad network of community providers.
Support for PATH comes from the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders,
the City of Camden and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
PATH Day Center Site
816 No. 5th Street
Camden, NJ 08102
818 No. 5th Street
Camden, NJ 08102
500 State Street
Camden, NJ 08102
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