After a few years on hiatus, People Attempting to Help’s PATH Week Prayer Breakfast was reinstated this year.
“We wanted to go back to our faith-based roots,” Greg Grubb, executive director, said.
This week celebrates PATH’s 29th year. The organization announced its new “Mission 30” initiative to have 30 congregations more involved with PATH as it approaches its 30th anniversary.
The 30 churches who sign up will be asked to give at least $30 a week to PATH, provide volunteer service of at least 30 hours per month and have 30 congregants commit to pray for the organization.
“I’m not sure any congregation has ever committed to all three areas,” Grubb said.
At the prayer breakfast, speakers emphasized the importance of interfaith cooperation to PATH’s mission.
“We need the interfaith, ecumenical community, just as much, if not more, today,” said C.C. Baker, board member emeritus. “At PATH, our goal is to help people find their own way. You can’t do that without a coordinated effort.”
Gertrude Windsor, PATH’s founder, would be proud of how far PATH had come, her grandson Marshall Windsor said.
Windsor had been in the situation that many of the 26,000 clients PATH sees a year are in. He recalled when a dozen people from his church brought him furniture and food during a difficult period in his life.
“I can’t tell you what that meant to me,” he said. “It’s like the hands of God reach down and give you an embrace and say, ‘It’s going to be OK.”
This year’s theme for the week is “Past, Present and Future.” The week is designed to raise awareness of PATH and the PATH programs “designed to change the face of poverty, homelessness and hunger in the community,” according to a release.
The annual PATH Community Luncheon will be held at noon today at Christ Episcopal Church at 118 S. Bois d’Arc. This event will be a celebration of PATH’s ongoing work in the community.
PATH will present awards to community partners who have played a significant role in helping to meet the challenges of serving the economically disadvantaged people of Smith County.
The public is invited. Box lunches will be $5, and reservations are requested.
The annual Philanthropy Celebration, will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Willow Brook Country Club.
The annual Philanthropy Celebration celebrates the heritage of PATH and the future plans for the organization. Mayor Barbara Bass will be presented with the Gertrude Windsor Award, PATH’s highest honor. The ticket price is $100 per person, and reservations are required.
Call 903-597-7284 for more information.