As a teenager in Springfield, Sue Zywokarte was diagnosed with depression and borderline personality disorder.
“My first hospitalization was when I was 18,” she said. “Over the next 20 years, I think I was hospitalized 25 times and ended up with substance abuse issues to deal with all the feelings and trouble I was having…
Pathway Homes owns or leases more than 500 homes in Northern Virginia, ensuring access to affordable stable homes and supportive services for those living with mental illnesses, substance use disorders and/or developmental disabilities.
Pathway Homes provides housing and supportive services to adults with serious mental illness and other co-occurring disabilities in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Through our HOUSING FIRST model of care, Pathway Homes served 2,074 men and women in 2023 with 526 permanent supportive housing units.
Our services are cost-effective for the community with a significant savings to Northern Virginia compared to the costs of incarceration or hospitalization. Most importantly, the services we provide help ensure that those in need do not “fall through the cracks”.
95% of Pathway residents remain out of psychiatric hospitals.
96% of Pathway residents remained out of jails.
93% of Pathway residents remain in permanent housing during the year
16% of working age individuals were employed at least part-time.
Data from Fiscal Year 2023
In His Own Words
My name is Nick. I live in Pathway Homes’ Assisted Living Facility, Stevenson Place. I have been living here since the facility opened in 1999! Before Stevenson Place, I lived with my parents in Annapolis, Maryland. It was a difficult time for me, especially since I was dealing with anxiety and schizophrenia.
In the past, I experienced a number of anxiety attacks that were worrisome. When I’m anxious, I feel like the walls are caving in on me. It is my brain’s way of alerting me; however, it can be extremely exhausting. Often times, my natural response is to pace to soothe my nerves. Thanks to Pathways, I have developed healthy coping mechanisms, such as meditation. By meditating I can focus on my breathing and what is happening around me. It is a great way to relax. I would like to start journaling because it would help me practice mindfulness. It can also help me with my memory since I tend to forget things.
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