Building Community from the Inside Out

About Us


“The King will say… ‘I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.’  I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me – you did it to me.”  Matthew 25:34-40 (The Message)

Our Mission

Garden Pathways transforms lives from the inside out through loving, mentoring relationships.



The non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization was founded in 1997 by local individuals seeking to translate their faith into effective community building. Garden Pathways provides life-activating services to the community of Kern County through its comprehensive programs:
Garden Pathways offers its services without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, or any other classification protected by law.


Garden Pathways, a community-based nonprofit founded in 1997, mentors children, youth, and adults to build productive lives.  Diverse mentoring and education programs lead families to educational advancement, employment, family stability, self-sufficiency, healthy living, and improved quality of life.

The programs of Garden Pathways provide a wide range of life-building services to the Kern County community.  Garden Pathways Comprehensive Mentoring Services connects people seeking a fresh start with caring mentors who guide and encourage. Participants include families transitioning from welfare and child protective services programs, families and youth impacted by gang violence and abuse, ex-offenders, emancipating/emancipated foster youth, pregnant/parenting youth, and other at-risk individuals.  Through the power of relationship, young people and adults find lasting freedom from poverty and at-risk conditions as they discover dignity and self-worth, take responsibility for their choices, and develop life skills.  Garden Pathways Downtown Education Center provides quality childcare, education, and enrichment for infants and preschool children.  Garden Pathways Arts Mentoring guides youth to artistic and personal growth.

Garden Pathways provides innovative opportunities for families and individuals of all ages to discover their unique purpose, activate their personal creativity, live in health and safety, and develop skills for success in life.  Through collaborative efforts with community agencies, community service groups, and faith-based organizations, Garden Pathways offers mentoring, training, and education in the arts and the art of living.



Garden Pathways mobilizes community transformation from the inside out — from the fundamental core values of each individual to the resulting impact on personal and community life. Beginning with each individual’s values perspective, clients receive the support needed to effectively build skills of learning and living and to make positive life-impacting choices that benefit themselves and others. Caring relationships established by staff and volunteers serve as the catalyst for values-based positive change that induces community transformation.


Garden Pathways has been identified by the Kern County Department of Human Services as one of the major providers of first-line service to families who are in crisis. Garden Pathways’ proven record of success generates ongoing referrals from key county agencies, including the Kern County Department of Human Services/CalWORKs, Child Protective Services, foster care divisions, Kern County Probation Department, Kern County Department of Child Support Services, and Kern County Superintendent of Schools.

Through strong collaborative partnerships with community agencies, community service groups, and faith-based organizations, Garden Pathways is activating life-building success in the lives of hundreds of children, young people, and families.