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