Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pathway Transitional Housing

First Graduates from Transitional Housing 2010
There are so many incredible things happening at the Pathway Apartments. (Pathway is a comprehensive support program that was created in order to help homeless families transition out of a state of chronic dependency on others.) Currently we have 14 adults and 15 children (soon to be 16 as we will be adding a precious new born to our Pathway family in just a few weeks) residing in the apartments.

The "Getting Ahead" classes are scheduled to begin in early February. This is an incredible curriculum that is designed to equip the adult residents with the basic life and social skills necessary to survive and thrive on their own. In support of these classes we are looking to implement two new programs.

One is a Lawn Care Service. This Vision Onward sponsored business will employee residents that are struggling to find jobs and in the process teach them necessary skills that will aid them in finding employment that pays a life sustaining wage. To be able to get this small business off the ground by Spring, we are in need of push mowers, weed eaters, and leaf blowers that are in good working condition. If you have any of these supplies that you would like to donate, please call us at 918-766-3801.

Second is the development of Case Management Teams. These teams will be comprised of 2 to 3 people and each team will be assigned to certain apartments. The team will be responsible for meeting with their residents on a routine bases to discuss how things are going, talk about the goals each resident will be setting during their class time, advise on financial decisions, and become a community advocate when needed. What an awesome opportunity to surround these families with the love of Christ! If this is something you are interested in learning more about or you feel God nudging you to get involved, please call us at 918-766-3801

Friday, January 14, 2011

Want to Help Out?

"A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor." Proverbs 22:9

Looking for a way in 2013 to get involved in the community? Vision Onward offers many opportunities for individuals and groups to be involved locally and internationally. One immediate way that folks can get involved in Bartlesville is through providing meals. The next group of Pathway Apartment residents are beginning the “Getting Ahead” class series.

Not familiar with this Vision Onward ministry? Well simply stated, the Pathway Apartments are a 22 unit complex that have been renovated into a transitional housing facility. This allows families or individuals a stable living environment for a twelve month period. Residents are provided comprehensive training, counseling, and coaching that are designed to equip them with the basic life and social skills necessary to survive and thrive on their own. It is the only transitional housing available in the Bartlesville area and the program has proven to be very successful as we have seen the first round of residents graduate and move forward into the community as productive and contributing citizens.

We are searching for families or groups that are interested in providing hot meals for 25 people. The meals will need to be delivered to the apartments “ready to serve” by 5:45 on the nights the classes are scheduled. The classes meet every Thursday night beginning Feb. 18th. The meal can be anything from spaghetti to tacos to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings – it is completely up to you but we will be happy to provide suggestions.

About now you are thinking, “I’m not a cook but I’d love to help.” Here is a list of items that can be donated a head of time and take no preparation at all. These are items that will be used in support of the meals during the classes. These items will need to be delivered to the Pathway Apartments no later than Feb. 16th but can be received any time prior to this date.

25 cases of water
12 cans of presweetened lemonade mix
625 paper plates
625 paper or plastic cups
1000 paper napkins
12 large packs of plastic forks, knives, and spoons
12 jumbo rolls of paper towels

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Pathway Apartment meals, donate any of the specified items above, or you would like information about other opportunities to volunteer with Vision Onward, please contact us via response to this posting or calling us at 918-766-3801.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

NEW Deeds 4 Needs Website

Pendergraphics has graciously donated their time and talents to redesign the Deeds 4 Needs website in order for it to be used nationwide and we are thrilled to announce that the new website is currently up and running! The website address is the still same

If you had a need posted on the OLD website and it is still a current need, please go to and re-enter your need on the new website.

Please go to the new website register as a Deeder and also sign up for our newsletter so you will be on our mailing list for updated needs.

We are so thankful for the work Pendergraphics did on the website and are excited about making Deeds 4 Needs a nationwide ministry!

If you have any questions about the new website, please feel free to contact us at or 918-350-0205.