Mental Health NonProfit Provides Outstanding Workplace

Contact: Shawn Flaherty, 703-554-3609

FAIRFAX, Va. (April 14, 2022)—Pathway Homes was named for the 7th time to The NonProfit Times’ (NPT) national list of 50 Best Places to Work. Pathway Homes, a regional nonprofit providing mental health services—starting with safe, stable housing—to individuals marginalized by poverty and inequity, was ranked 33 in the nation. This year 50 Best stood out in the areas of culture and communication, compensation and benefits, and leadership, according to NPT.

“Offering clients with outstanding services that lift them up starts with taking care of our own employees. By providing a work environment with a culture of excellence, we know we can support our employees so they can focus on doing their best work, which ultimately prevents homelessness in our region,” said Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, CEO, Pathway Homes. “Being included on The NonProfit Times’ list affirms that our focus on building a great workplace is working—for our employees and community.”

Pathway Homes was ranked 33rd among all nonprofits surveyed and 14th among medium sized employers. Pathway has 95 employees that work throughout DC and Northern Virginia and provides a supportive, growth-oriented work environment. Pathways offers outstanding benefits and competitive pay, and this year even enhanced its benefits package. Among its benefits are health insurance with no copays or deductibles for in-network services and providers; dental, vision, life, short and long-term disability, critical illness, and long-term care insurances; tuition reimbursement; public service loan forgiveness program; a 403(b)-retirement plan; EAP; and flex spending accounts.

Created in 2010 by The NonProfit Times—the leading national publication for nonprofit managers—and Best Companies Group, Inc., this nationwide survey and awards program honors the best employers in the nonprofit sector. The program was open to all nonprofits with a 501 (c)(3) status that have a facility with a minimum of 15 employees. The evaluation included a survey of each nominated organization’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. In addition, the evaluation included a much more heavily weighted anonymous employee survey to measure the employee experience.

Results were analyzed and categorized according to eight core focus areas: leadership and planning; corporate culture and communications; role satisfaction; work environment; relationship with supervisor; training, development, and resources; pay and benefits; and overall engagement. Organizations that made the list scored near 91% across all categories.

For more than 40 years, Pathway Homes has enabled tens of thousands of people in Northern Virginia and Central Florida with serious mental illnesses and other co-occurring disabilities to get housing and supportive services to help them recover their lives. Following the housing first model, Pathway Homes is a partner in preventing and ending homelessness, ensuring 1,553 people in 2021 had access to services and 505 permanent supportive housing units.