Melanie’s World Expands with Pathways

Melanie admits she was very nervous when she attended her first PTI event a year ago. She wasn’t comfortable trying new things or interacting with people she just met. Looking back, she remembers how the Pathways staff made her feel at ease during dinner and the Bunco event that followed. By attending more Pathways events and with the assistance of PTI staff, Melanie has developed new friendships and has become more comfortable with group situations. She made sure to add, that she now will even go places by herself. Before Pathways, Melanie would avoid venturing out on her own. Melanie’s sister-in-law, Michele, learned about PTI via community contacts including Easter Seals Midwest. Michele’s goal was to help Melanie develop supports and friendships. “As a part of Pathways, she’s able to witness others dealing with challenges and how they’ve found their own sense of independence. PTI has given Melanie the opportunity to figure out who she is and what she wants for her future. Most importantly, it’s helping to give her the skills to set and reach her goals.”

As a 15-year employee at a local nursing home, Melanie shared that her involvement in Pathways has enhanced her work experience by “helping me come out of my shell.” When she’s not working or attending a PTI event, Melanie likes to go shopping or just hang out with her new friends. In addition to meeting new people, Pathways has also introduced Melanie to new experiences. Outings to the Butterfly House, Rockin’ Jump trampoline park, and the Wild Lights at the Zoo have been some of her favorites. Her only complaint? “Sometimes there are so many (PTI) calendar events, it’s hard to choose.” Melanie said she would definitely recommend Pathways to others who are considering the program. Her words of advice to anyone who is unsure – “Give it a chance.” When asked if she has seen changes in Melanie since her PTI involvement, Michele stated “Melanie is soaring with all the support from Pathways!”


Melanie at a small group at Castlewood State Park

Melanie at Swing Around Fun Town

Melanie participating in an outing to 10th Life Cat Shelter.